Day #24 – Beach camping on an Easter weekend….not good planning

LOCATION:  Navarre, Florida – in far NW corner of state, on the Panhandle
CAMPGROUND:  Hideaway RV Resort.  Tiny sites and very crowded.  A few sites have waterfront views (at additional price).  Our site is full hook-up.  Run-down bathrooms.  Surly staff.  $75/night!!!!  1 star out of 5
WEATHER:  Sunny and cool.  High 68.  Very pretty

We got an early start leaving the Harvest Host brewery in Mississippi.  We had set the GPS to avoid highways, so it steered us away from the dreaded Interstate 10.  Instead of state 2-lane highways, it took us on rural county roads.  We really didn’t mind, as we were not in a rush, and the scenery was interesting – first the coast, then farmland, pecan trees, swamp, pine forests, and then back to the beach.  We even drove through downtown Mobile, Alabama.  Not long after passing through Alabama, we arrived at our Florida destination. 

Several months ago, when we booked this trip, we were not thinking about Easter weekend.  Big mistake!  When we tried to find a campground/RV park for this weekend near the beach, it was next to impossible.  So, we decided to bite the bullet and pay extra for a nice beachfront “resort”.  The website hyped this place up, and we were really looking forward to our stay. Luxury!    Our jaws dropped when we pulled in.  This dump…….for $75?  We had high expectations, and this place just doesn’t deliver.  Our confirmation said “water view”, and when we asked the unpleasant front desk people, they laughed and said that water view sites anywhere in Navarre start at $105.  Ridiculous! 

We have a “buddy site” – two sites together for people traveling together.  When we checked in, they asked if the other couple had a tent?  Uh-oh. The site is so small, that it was a real squeeze to get the Glanville’s 28-foot motor home in it.  We do have a bit of a view.  Here is George in the background walking toward the site.

The azaleas are at their peak, and Joy is nestled right next to one.

Unfortunately, the RV park’s private  pier was blown away in last fall’s hurricane (not updated on their website)

Every site is packed.  People have a lot of junk and there are noisy children everywhere.  We spotted this darling Boler a few sites down from us.  Our friends Tony and Jenny were camping in a Boler when we first met them.

Oh, well.  Enough complaining.  This will do just fine for 2 nights. 

The Glanvilles are traveling with their two tomato plants.  They didn’t want to leave them at their home,  just as they were ripening.  Each day they get a little redder…

We drove around the area, over a long bridge to Navarre Beach.  Tourists everywhere.  Very tropical-seeming. This is the view of our RV park from the bridge —- way over there!

We found a great seafood shop and bought some local “reds” (shrimp) for tomorrow’s dinner and some boiled crawfish. 

We enjoyed them with the Glanvilles on our shared picnic table..

DINNER:  Irene made some spaghetti, using spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  Very nice. 

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