Our original plan was to spend the entire month of March in the Florida Keys. But by week 3, Deas was still not feeling so great (lingering sinus infection as a result of his abscessed tooth/root canal), and the weather was starting to get pretty hot. We decided Deas really needed to see an ENT about the sinus infection, so we left Bahia Honda a little early and returned to south Florida. We went back to Jonathan Dickinson State Park for a few days, and our friends Jason and Nikki (Gone With the Wynns) were in the area sailboat shopping. They’ve since bought and moved onto their sailboat and we’re so excited for them. And we were really glad we got to spend a little more time with them while they still had their RV.
The doctor Deas was going to see was in Fort Pierce, so we decided to move the RV a little further north to be closer to his appointment. We booked a site at Savannas Recreation Area, a really pretty county-run park with many sites right on water. But the sites are stacked pretty close to each other if you want one of the water sites.
There were a couple of sandhill cranes we saw walking around the park every day.
My bedroom window faced the water behind the RV, and it was so nice to sleep with the shades open and watch the sunrise every morning.
Deas was able to launch his kayak right behind the RV and took it out a few times. One day he put Jake in the RV with him and took him for a little ride. Jake sat pretty still the whole time, but he seemed very happy to get out when it was all over.
At the rear of the park there is access to great paved walking trail which was perfect for walking the dogs each day. We did see a lot of alligators in the water though, so if you walk here be sure to keep your dogs on a leash.
After putting Deas on a heavier round of antibiotics for a week, the ENT doctor then recommended sinus surgery for him. But then we ran into a little snafu. Even though the ENT doctor himself was on our insurance plan, the surgery center when performed surgery was not. So we had to scramble and find another doctor. And then, the 2nd doctor he saw did not want to do the surgery anyway! We were happy he didn’t need the surgery, but a little frustrated too as we wanted this whole thing to be over with. But the 2nd doctor really wanted him to try another round of antibiotics before going under the knife. Even though we wanted to move on, we needed to stay in the general area in case he didn’t get better. I did a search online and we decided to go up the coast a little further to Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville for a long weekend.
This campground is a little tight, but there are lots of trees and the campground is on the water with a view towards Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. There’s also a large dog park which our dogs thoroughly enjoyed. Most dogs parks in RV parks are so small, but this one was really big with pretty of room for them to run. There was also a really nice fishing pier that many people were taking advantage of.
We met some other full-time RVers while we were there. While walking around the park one day I noticed a truck that said Libbys on the Loose on the side and I knew exactly who it was, because I’d been following them on Instagram for awhile. So it was fun to meet Eric and Jeanine in person. We also met Bob and Sarah of Web Nomads thanks to RVillage.
As luck would have it, there was a SpaceX rocket launch scheduled at Cape Canaveral that weekend. We gathered on the shore with Eric and Jeanine (and their 2 Great Danes!) and watched the rocket take off. It was a pretty cool experience!
Sunsets at the park were so pretty!
The best news was that by the end of the week, Deas’s sinus infection was finally improving. So the doctor gave us the all clear to continue on our way.