On our last post, we were making a mad dash east. We put in a few long (in RV-terms) 5 hour days of driving, and made it to our house in Georgia, just in time for me to spend one night there and leave the next day for my college reunion in Memphis. When I got back, we managed to squeeze a bunch of doctor appointments and several visits with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nieces, before we hit the road again to Florida. As soon as we pulled into our driveway, the first thing we did was head straight for the beach. I didn’t even walk into the house! I could not wait to get my feet in that sugary white sand…
This is the place we’ve called home for the past couple of years. I loved every second of our RV trip, and I saw some amazing things. But I have to say if there was anything I really missed, it was the wonderful sense of community we have down here, and all of our awesome friends. The little town we live in is called Grayton Beach, and it’s located on scenic Highway 30A, which runs roughly between Destin and Panama City. There are several different little communities along this highway, and the area is generally referred to as “30A.” It has the small town vibe that I love, coupled with fabulous restaurants, a great live music scene, a vibrant local artist community, and of course, the beach. Grayton Beach in particular is known for its funky vibe, and I’ve spent the past several days strolling the streets and getting reacquainted with it.
Did I mention I love my crazy friends?
We rented our Florida house out for the summer, so as to be expected we’ve had a little work to do touching up paint, doing inventory, and moving our personal stuff back into the house. We’ll spend the majority of our time here in Grayton until next rental season, which starts in March.
But mostly we’ve just been getting caught up with our friends and our community, and of course watching some fabulous sunsets.
So what’s next as far as our RV life? Well, we’re not sure at this point. Right now the RV is parked right in our driveway. We’re hoping to make a few small weekend trips here and there, but we won’t be doing any extensive traveling for awhile. So we’ve made the difficult decision to put her up for sale. We love, love, love that RV, but RVs are made to be driven, not sitting in a driveway for months on end. If it sells and we decide to travel again next summer, we’ll buy another one. But there’s also chance that we may need to stay in Florida next summer, and if so our option may be to buy a smaller RV and just do smaller trips closer to home. I really just don’t know at this point!
We are hoping to have some of our RV-traveling friends visit us on their way through Florida. Nancy and Betsy (RV-a-Go-Go) are already here and are planning on spending the next few months in the area, so we’re definitely planning on spending some time with them. Sean and Kristy (Long Long Honeymoon) are here for several days and we’re having dinner with them tonight! We’re also hoping to see Jason and Nikki (Gone With the Wynns) and Chris and Cherie (Technomadia) on their trips through the area.
In the meantime, we’ll be doing a whole lot of this:
5 thoughts on “Florida!”
It’s nice when you find a place that feels like ‘home’. Those sandy beaches look so inviting….I can’t wait till Jan. when we hit the Texas coast. Thanks for sharing your RV journey 🙂
We still hope to see you again on the road or who knows where? Keep us posted on your future adventures, maybe we will make it to Florida some year? Have fun!
What a beautiful place to call home!
Hi, I am Bob Penhollow. I have only been following your blog for a short time but just realized how much we have in common. First, my wife is from Memphis and has family there so we visit often. Second, our base of operations is the Destin area of FL. Our son lives in Miramar Beach. We are full timers currently staying in North Ft. Myers for the winter. I am an avid birder and belong to a birding club here. We are planning a long trip out west starting this spring. We do miss the beaches there though. Bob
Hello, Bob! I didn’t actually grow up in Memphis – I just went to college there (Rhodes.) But I really enjoyed my time there and always like to go back and visit. We love this Destin/30A area – I can’t believe how much it’s grown to feel like home in such a a relatively short time. We loved our trip out west and I’m sure you will enjoy yours too!