Day 159: Back to Fort De Soto County Park.
Last night we spent the night alone at a Cracker Barrel. Well, we thought we are alone until we woke up to find out we had neighbors. This is actually an overflow/RV parking lot for the Cracker Barrel that was across the street from the actual restaurant. We were a little hesitant about parking here because the restaurant parking lot says “no overnight parking” but this lot across the way only had a phone number for the local tow company on it so we figured it was safe.
The drive to our next campground was not too far from the Cracker Barrel but it was going to be a pricey one. Oh Florida and its tolls!! Since we are towing a double axle Airstream trailer, we have to pay three times that of what a car pays. Ouch.
But I have to admit, the roads are very well maintained. It is nice to see the toll money actually put to use where the state says it will be spent. If this was Dan typing, you would be reading a rant about California taxes and pot holes and all that crap. So I saved you. You are welcome.
Today we will staying at Fort De Soto for a grand total of seven days. We actually stayed here back in 2010 for a couple nights and are looking forward to spending some more time here exploring.
This is another one of those popular Florida campgrounds that we lucked out on. Our friend Kyle alerted us that the campground had two cancellations and we snatched them both up about a week or so ago. Many people book these sites a year in advance so cancellations are inevitable… and we are here to snatch them up.
A few feet beyond the picnic bench is our waterfront property. The water is only about a foot deep, if that, and they do not allow swimming. Even so, it is nice to be near water again. And we feel safe to have the kids play near it since it is so shallow.
The roads here remind us of Anastasia State Park because of the super dense tree growth. It makes our cell reception crappy but makes us feel like we are in the jungle, baby!
The campground has a decent playground for kids of all ages. Luka got into the groove of things and climbed very slowly through this mesh tunnel. The girls thought it was so funny that he was playing with them. It is going to be crazy when all three of them are running and screaming together!
And look at this. We get to enjoy the beautiful sunshine days outside in the 80 degree weather… bug free!!
A couple of hours after our arrival, Kyle just pulled into Fort De Soto Country Park, too. The kids were excited to see their buddy again and Mila immediately showed off her chugging skills. Haha.
Our Naples friends Brian and Beth last night were kind enough to give Luka an amber teething necklace to see if it would alleviate his teething pain. And I think it worked! Today was much more tolerable for him (and for me). I’m crossing my fingers and toes that the pain will disappear all together soon. (By the way, check out their camping blog at Wander365.com)
I can’t help but giggle when I see him topless with his necklace in the Airstream. For some reason, it reminds me of Matthew McConaghey. Alright, alright.
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