Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aripeka & Steinhatchee

On our way north to the Florida panhandle, we made two stops along the way. Our first stop was in tiny Aripeka which sits right on the Gulf. It's not a beachy little town. It has a very marshy coastline instead. 

We stayed three nights at Aripeka West Campground which is an interesting little place. It was recommended to us by another full-timing RV friend. Our first impression was not too good though. It had a really red-neck dumpy look as we drove through looking for a spot. Spots weren't clearly marked at all and looked difficult to maneuver into. I think we were almost ready to just leave! But then this guy who had been watching (we nicknamed him Fabio) came over and helped us out a bunch by showing us where the best spot for our rig would be. Then another guy, who works there, came over and further helped by doing a most excellent job of guiding us into our spot. And when he realized that the spot was for 50 amp, not 30 amp, he went and got us an adapter to borrow. And he even hooked up our sewer hose for us! Who volunteers for that job? 

So about this time we decided this might not be such bad place after all. And it only got better from there. The manager came over and told us about how she got her older Bounder to look much fresher on the exterior without spending a huge hunk of change. Her's looks amazing! She printed off detailed instructions and everything. We're hoping to tackle that project in a couple of months. It was something we just weren't going to bother with since (either painting or trying to shine) because it's such a costly project to have done. But now that we know it can be done in inexpensively ourselves, with some effort of course, we're excited to give it a go. 

The overall theme of this campground is friendliness. We had strangers come up to our doorstep to welcome us and give us all kinds of tips. And since all the RVs there where older like ours, we just fit in. It was kind of nice really to not stick out as the oldest RV in the place. And once we settled in and got to looking around we realized how much the place had to offer including a really cute common area with several porch swings, a big fire pit, a bar area, and even a covered pool table. And everyone got out there and hung together socializing. Honestly, it reminded me of the apartment complex we left behind in Tucson which we loved like crazy because of the way the residents were actually neighborly! 

One not fun thing we had to deal with while there, was fleas! What we never saw coming was how bad fleas are in Florida. In our entire six years living in Tucson we never had a single flea. And not only did we not have them, but we didn't even do anything to prevent them. It just wasn't an issue. But just four months of being in Florida and both Dexter and Katie Cat had 'em. Never saw any sign of them on Bijou but we went ahead and bathed her too. Oh what fun that was! And we had to get all the animals out and flea bomb the RV. Near as we can tell we are now flea free. And hoping to keep it that way. Wish us luck.

Aripeka has some beautiful sunsets on the water's edge. The pictures speak for themselves!





Our second stop was in Steinhatchee. This is another small town on the gulf. We spent two nights here. I guess there is great fishing here. We were just basically taking it easy ourselves. We did a little exploring though during our one day. 


This was taken at Hagans Cove which has an observation tower for a nice view of the water out quite aways.




Then we found a fantastic place to have our picnic lunch, Steinhatchee Falls. Perfection! We are always happy when we can have a meal with a great view. 



We dubbed this the "Rootbeer Falls" since that is honestly what the water looked like. It was even foamy! The water gets that color from the tannins in the tree roots.



Next up; Mexico Beach! See ya on up the road......

8 comments:

  1. Hate to think you are driving right past Homossassa and the manatees. But Steinhatchee and Mexico Beach are great. President Carter spent a good bit of time at Steinhatchee if my memory serves correctly.

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    1. We've been to Homossassa Springs Park several times in the past. We love manatees! :)

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  2. Rootbeer falls looks like an amazing place. I think we will have to stop there on our next trip to Florida! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

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  3. Your experience at Aripeka West was almost identical to ours... awesome little community, and lots of fleas! Hope your adventures ahead are awesome!

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    1. Hoping the same for the two of you as you hit the road again!

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  4. Awesome photos as usual. You guys don't carry an 50/30 amp adapter with you????????

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    1. Well Garret, we do now! Hahaha And we've also learned to carry an extra linch pin for the tow bar. Yup. We learn from our mistakes. :)

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