Navarre, FL

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Navarre is located in the Florida panhandle, on the Gulf Coast, a little east of Pensacola and a little west of Ft. Walton Beach.  Navarre Beach is located on a barrier island which is about 1 mile offshore.  We are parked at the Emerald Beach RV Park.

Emerald Beach RV Park

We booked this spot a while ago to ensure that we had a place for Thanksgiving and to give us an anchor location from where we could drive our car to the annual Cooper family event at Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee.  Our research turned out well this time.  This park has an almost perfect combination of facilities, amenities and services that suits our needs very well. Continue reading

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Brunswick, GA (& Savannah)

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As we previously mentioned, our original plan was to visit Savannah, GA, in early October.  But then Hurricane Matthew came along and we had to re-route, heading south along the Gulf Coast of Florida as far as the Florida Keys, then north along the Atlantic Coast.  Weeks ago, we had already booked a spot for an extended stay beginning in mid-November in Navarre, FL, on the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach.  Bottom line, in order to get back to Savannah, we stopped off in Brunswick, GA.  This would save us 150 driving miles to get to Navarre.

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St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine bills itself as the oldest city in the United States.  When we stopped here we parked at the Stagecoach RV Park just off Interstate 95.

The territory we now know as Florida was first claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon in 1513.  On September 8, 1565, St. Augustine was founded by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles.  In 1763, the Spanish gave up Florida to Great Britain following the Seven Years’ War, only to regain control in 1784.  In the years following the American revolution, it became increasingly difficult for the Spanish to control the Florida colony so in 1819 they relinquished it to the United States.

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Cocoa, FL (Space Coast)

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For our visit to Cocoa we parked at Sonrise Palms RV Park.  Cocoa is located in what is known as the Space Coast due to the nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral.  Also, the “I Dream of Jeannie” TV show featured a fictional astronaut living in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Kennedy Space Center

Our primary purpose for stopping here was to visit the Kennedy Space Center.  This makes a trifecta for us since we toured Space Center Houston in January 2014 and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, in April this year.  Of course, Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral have perhaps the most history with respect to the US space program. Continue reading