Sunsets, Geocaching, and Exploring around Eastbank Campground

Our latest RV journey took us past many pecan orchards in south Georgia before we arrived at our first destination, Eastbank Campground on the banks of Lake Seminole. Although located in Georgia, the closest town is Chattahoochee, Florida. From our campsite we were treated to a beautiful sunset our first night.

Sunset over Lake Seminole at Eastbank Campground
Sunset over Lake Seminole at Eastbank Campground

The campsites are large and many are waterfront. It was a great place to wind down from the hustle and bustle of being at home.

Eastbank COE Site A01
Eastbank COE Site A01
Loop A at Eastbank COE Campground
Loop A at Eastbank COE Campground
Foggy morning on Lake Seminole at Eastbank
Foggy morning on Lake Seminole at Eastbank

We tried geocaching in nearby Chattahoochee, Florida. Our first two attempts were a bust but we enjoyed looking around the train car at the Heritage Park.

Heritage Park in Chattahoochee, Florida
Heritage Park in Chattahoochee, Florida
Heritage Park in Chattahoochee, Florida
Heritage Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

We ended the day watching another beautiful sunset.

Another beautiful sunset over Lake Seminole
Another beautiful sunset over Lake Seminole
Henry checking the GPS
Henry checking the GPS

Our second geocaching excursion took us to part of the Chattachoochee Nature Trail along the Apalachicola River.

No amount of looking over, under, and around the boardwalk helped us find the geocache but I found something better. A baby alligator was sunning himself beside the boardwalk.

Palmettos beside the boardwalk on the nature trail
Palmettos beside the boardwalk on the nature trail
I spotted this baby alligator
I spotted this baby alligator
Bridge over Apalachiacola River
Bridge over Apalachiacola River

We were determined to find the geocache at the train car so we returned there and Henry found it!

Henry with his first geocache find
Henry with his first geocache find

Later we drove to the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam to take a look. The dam and locks were constructed for navigation, hydro- power and recreation purposes on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River systems.

Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam
Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam

Our last sunset over Lake Seminole.

Final Sunset over Lake Seminole
Final Sunset over Lake Seminole

Our first trip of 2016 is off to a great start!

My review of Eastbank Campground can be found on Campendium.

Snowbird Season

Snowbird – one who travels to warm climes for the winter (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

No, we’re not snowbirding this year – yet. Doctor’s appointments and household chores caused us to get a late start this year. Instead of hitting Florida during the peak snowbird season we will be arriving in Florida in early March just before spring break.

While we have been home, I’ve been thinking about all the places in Florida we have enjoyed. Here are just a few highlights from our snowbirding adventures from past years.

We had white sandy beaches almost completely to ourselves at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

The beach at sunset at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
The beach at sunset at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Watching the sunset was a perfect way to end the day at Cedar Key.

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Cedar Key Sunset

We loved Everglades National Park and camped at the Flamingo Campground twice.

Pa-Hay-Otee Overlook in Everglades National Park
Pa-Hay-Otee Overlook in Everglades National Park

There was a lot of bird watching in Cedar Key.

White Pelicans and Cormorants at Cedar Key
White Pelicans and Cormorants at Cedar Key

And  lots of alligators in Everglades National Park.

Alligators along the Anhinga Trial, Everglades National Park 2012
Alligators along the Anhinga Trial, Everglades National Park 2012

It was fun seeing manatees at Homossassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Manatee in Homossassa Springs
Manatee in Homossassa Springs

This Gopher Tortoise walked across our campsite at Silver River State Park (now Silver Springs State Park).

Gopher Tortoise at our campsite Silver River State Park
Gopher Tortoise at our campsite Silver River State Park

We rode the Fort Gate Ferry across the St. John’s River near Salt Springs Recreation Area.

Waiting to cross the St. John's River on the Fort Gates Ferry
Waiting to cross the St. John’s River on the Fort Gates Ferry

And of course we went for boat rides.

Went for a boat ride in the Salt Springs Run
Went for a boat ride in the Salt Springs Run

We ate our fill of stone crab claws and other fresh seafood.

Delicious Stone Crab Claws in Everglades City, Florida
Delicious Stone Crab Claws in Everglades City, Florida

Soon we will be hitching up the fifth wheel to do a little late snowbirding this year. We are going to a few new places and returning to a couple of favorites. Stay tuned to see where we wander next!

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