Elephant Seals

The most easily accessible location on the California coast where you can view the Elephant Seals is near San Simeon, CA, about 5 miles north of the entrance to the Hearst Castle.  Right on Highway 1 you can pull into the parking lot and observe them laying on the beach and maybe sparring in the surf.  The rookery you see here ranges over 6 miles of California coastline in the area of Piedras Blancas.  This was a 30 mile drive north from our base in Morro Bay, CA.

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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

Hollywood, FL

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Hollywood is located on the Atlantic coast a little north of Miami.  We parked here at a Broward County park, Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park, it’s a native American term meaning “gathering place”.  It’s a very nice park with a large lake and a beautiful campground.  In fact, it is a much nicer RV park than many private campgrounds we have visited, very clean, large paved site pads with large concrete patios and everything well maintained.

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Naples, FL

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Naples occupies the southern Gulf coast of Florida.  While here we parked at the Lake San Marino RV Resort.

Naples Pier

The town of Naples is a relatively affluent community with beautiful homes and numerous developed resort communities.  The downtown district of Naples has the Naples Bay, which is formed from the Gordon River, on the east side.  On the west side are miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Continue reading