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As I sit here on Thanksgiving break I started to think about the amazing summer vacation we have yet to document.

Back in late July 2018 we set out on the open road heading to Seaside, FL for nine days of fun in the sun. Well we thought the sun would shine, and the sky blue.

We stopped off in Mississippi at a beautiful rest stop (NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Pearlington, MS).

Huge pine trees towering over the manicured lawn, and the colonial planation looking visitor center. It was late that day, as we had been driving about ten hours. We ate food we brought for the trip, took a stroll around, and settled in for a very hot muggy night. We did have a couple of fans to keep the air moving.

The next morning we woke up, got dressed, and headed out to the nearest Cracker Barrel for some breakfast, plus they are usually RV friendly.

Once we made it to Florida we got set up in our campsite at Sapphire Island Camping & RV Park. This RV Park is about 30 mins from Seaside, FL. We have not camped close to Seaside in the past so we did not realize that there are two State Parks that we could have looked into so that we did not have to drive so far each day. Actually I did look into Grayton Beach State Park, and thought that they were all booked.

Sapphire Island RV Park was small, and seemed to have several people living there on more of a full time basis, but everyone was very nice and it was quiet. The rain did not hold off most of the time we were there. Strange but it rained mostly at the campsite, and once we would get to the beach it was beautiful and sun was shinning.

Words really can not explain how Seaside makes us feel. Our heart longs for the crystal clear water, white sand, quant shops, friendly people, the leisure bike ride down cobblestone streets, cute screened in porch houses, delicious food from trailers, markets, and outdoor restaurants. If feels like a tropical island that you can drive to. We ate at Pizza Bar By the Sea, The Melt Down 30A, Modica Market (Best Sweet Tea in the South), Taco Bar, Raw & Juicy. These are just some of the amazing places we stopped on this trip.

We explored another State Park that we found while down there. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. They have a tram that can take you to the board walk that leads to the beach. The only reason we checked the tram out was due to the rain. Once the tram got to the stopping point the rain had pulled away for a bit. We walked down to the beach, and much to our surprise there was only one man with his son on the beach for miles.

Everyone stayed in so we could have the beach all to ourself. It was what I imagined being on a private island might feel like. We had several beach days, but none quite like this. Below are pictures from some of our other beach time.



Seaside, FL is known for its super tiny post office, beautiful church, and beach entrances. The Post office was moved from the location that we have known it to sit at just after we left, but it is still the cutest thing. In the Seaside market you can read about the beach entrances.




On our last day in Seaside we decided to rent some bikes for a fun bike ride. I had no idea that we would ride 30 miles that day but some how we did. We made a few stops along the way to get out of the rain and see a few things. I highly recommend renting bikes when visiting Seaside that is if you don't already own your bikes. Bikes are the main mode of transportation down there and it makes the town that much more desirable. Here are a few pictures of our last day in our favorite place.







In between the rain and beach time we decided since we were in Florida why not drive over to Georgia and check off some places on my bucket list. I have always thought of Savannah as being a dreamy old town. I love towns with lots of southern charm. I must say that Savannah was very hot in August, muggy, but none the less beautiful. We saw so much in one day, but Im not sure we saw enough. Cobblestone streets in the Historic District, underground alleys off River Street, Leopold's Ice Cream, Trollies, Forsyth Park, City Market all things that take you to a distant past. We had time to drive out to Tybee Island. I thought I might had been transplanted to a Nicholas Sparks movie. So much to soak up. I had never been to the Atlantic ocean, and the beach is one of our favorite places. We will make it back to that area in the near future.

Savannah, GA and Tybee Island did not disappoint us in the least. Another beautiful city, another beautiful beach.

This is how we celebrated our 10 years of marriage, and oh how amazing it was. Seaside, Fl holds a special place in our hearts. We love RV Camping, and feel blessed that we were able to take this trip. Now we are back home working towards moving into our RV and hitting the open road full time in Jan 2020.


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We have had a few life changes this year to say the least. We bought a house at the beginning of this year thinking that we would travel from time to time. My soul aches for more travel. We re-assessed our financial situation to find that we need to sale our bricks & sticks to ford to retire, and travel. I want to see things, breath the fresh air, spend more time with each other, live life to the fullest. Our kids are grown, and living their lives as they wish now it's our turn.

Once the house sales we will be back to living in our RV. I am working on building a virtual assistant business to supplement income from the road, and B will retire in December of next year. We are supper excited.



  • Rolling Farmhouse

She was fifteen and he was 24 when they met at church. A church that her grandmother had been a member of since 1957, and his family landed at the same church in 1969. She was living with her grandmother that year trying to gain a new start in life. He friended her when his best friend/pastor's son broke up with her. They hung out a few times, then went on with life in separate ways. She got married a few years later, and had a few babies, and he got married to a lady with a son. About 14 years later she is in a marriage going no where, and he is divorced. He started dating an old friend of hers that was not going well. So some mutual friends were hanging out one night and invited them both to join them. They all had a great time at a local pool hall. He then took a drunk girl home, set her up on his sofa with a pillow and a blanket. He left the next morning quietly for work. She woke up in the middle of no where. All she could see and hear off the front porch were cedar trees, and dogs barking. She soon realized the dogs were getting closer. She tried calling him with no success due to no cell service. She then found the landline and called her friend to come get her. They met up again that night and kindled a great friendship. As they kept meeting up to hang out, they started to see that something more was developing. She had gotten out of her marriage that had been falling apart for sometime. She moved into her grandmothers empty house to find refuge with her two girls from a life in a total state of destruction. She started taking her girls to church to find that Jesus was with her all along. She thought she was done with marrige and wanted to focus on her girls. God laughed because he had other plans. Under his devine intervention that once 15 year old girl, and 24 year old guy built a bond that would take them into another life. This time it was a life they could build together. On August 10, 2007 they officially started dating. Got engaged in Feb 2008, and married on August 10, 2008. They became a family of five, and the new life of adventures began. They honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas. He took her camping for her first time in a 1990 Fleetwood Prowler. They went to Enchanted Rock with the girls, and their new dog. From that point on they continued to travel together, creating memories that will last a life time. They have bought a house, found a love for RV camping, and now have a grand baby. Their most recent adventure took them to Seaside, FL+Savannah, GA+New Orleans, LA all alone to comoderate the 10th anniversary of a great love story. 10 years of Amazing Adventures and two broken hearts mended, and family bond created.



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We are the Haddock's. We have been traveling together for about 10 years. We have done day trips, weekend getaways, week long vacations. We started out with a 1990 Fleetwood Prowler Travel Trailer that belonged to B's parents, and that we renovated. Then last year we upgraded to a 2017 Palomino Solaire Travel Trailer with three slides. We are working towards traveling full time in a few years. But until then we will continue with each day as a new adventure no matter where we go or how we get there. If you see us out there please don't hesitate to say hello, we really enjoy meeting our camping family.

 

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