Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fort Clinch State Park, Part I

If you followed our travels on our Facebook page you know we were traveling through North Carolina, Georgia and Florida late April as storms and tornadoes were wrecking havoc nearby.

We had planned to drive down to St. Augustine, but decided to stop and stay put for the threatening rain and thunder storms (no tornado warnings for where we were).

We had never heard of Fort Clinch State Park, but it looked to be a neat place, and had walk-in sites available when we called. It is located in the northeastern corner of Florida, in the town of Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island.

(And a site was still available when we pulled in, whew!)

Beautiful Spanish moss welcomed us to this lovely state park. We saw a deer on our way to our campsite, and passed a sign warning us of alligators. A flag was up which warned us of dangerous marine life.

The park ranger told us to look for shark teeth.

(Kids, no swimming on this stay!)

As soon as we got settled, the kids and I took a quick walk. Rain was threatening, and dinner was in the crockpot. We saw at least three other Airstreams, and this old beauty (need to ask the Captain for the year and model) was on its' maiden voyage by new owners, a very sweet homeschooling family with their three small children, from the Panhandle area.

We didn't need dangerous currents to keep us from swimming. Since we spotted dolphins in this river, we thought maybe the sharks were there, too?

Then there was the lightning. As it began to storm violently, we quickly ran to the Mothership, and hunkered down for the night.

The next morning we got to explore the park a bit more, so stay tuned for part II!

(The fort part.)


Yksi matkamme viimeisistä pysäkeistä oli Floridan koillisosassa, Amelian saarella. Löysimme yhden osavaltion puistoista, jossa oli myös leirintäalue. Tarkoitus oli matkustaa etelämpään, mutta rajujen myrskyjen takia päätimme pysähtyä vähän aikaisemmin, ja löysimme tämän upean paikan. Huomenna on tulossa kuvia linnakkeesta, joka löytyi puistosta myös.

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