We rolled into Jetty Park Campground at 9:15 p.m. Sunday night after 14 ¼ hours on the road. That is not a smart thing to do to drive that long, but the call of the ocean is so strong that it just pulls us in. The wonderful thing about Mr. MoHo is you just pull in, plug in, connect the water, jacks down, slides out – all in about 15 minutes. Then collapse from to long of a drive.
Monday, it was overcast and on/off rain, so we headed to Indialantic Beach, 30 miles south, to the “Original” Bizzarrio Pizza Restaurant for our slice of pizza on the beach! Drove around Cocoa Beach seeing what has changed. We got back in time to watch the cruise ships go out.
Tuesday, still no sun rise – cloudy and wind – we headed north from Cape Canaveral to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, outside Titusville. Titusville was founded in 1859. This is the south side of the National Seashore. I wanted to get our National Parks Passport Book stamped. We also drove out to Boardwalk 13 which is the “nude” beach, but the wind was so bad George didn’t get to see anything there.
We then drove up to Edgewater to visit with our author friend – Nick Russell and his wife Terry. They use to be full time RV’ers but have settled in this area in a home. It was so nice catching up with them as it has been a few years since we have seen them. They then took us up to New Smyrna Beach to the north side of the Canaveral National Seashore, so we could go to the other visitors’ center, so I could get my book stamped with the New Smyrna stamp. They took us into the New Smyrna historic downtown.
Life is not complete without a drive on the beach which then brought us into the “beach” downtown. New Smyrna is the shark bite capital of Florida and a huge surfing community.
We then drove down to the town of Oak Hill and had dinner on the Indian River at a fabulous restaurant – Goodrich’s Seafood Restaurant.
Wednesday – 48 degrees at 6:45 a.m. no clouds and still windy – I headed out to the pier again to try and get my sunrise photos. Every morning there were these “old” gentlemen fishing on the pier. They come out to the pier anywhere from 5 a.m. – 6 a.m. generally every day and fish till around noon. They were fountains of information every day.
Today was the rocket launch. We watched from here at Jetty Park. We watched the booster rockets come back down and land evidently in the water with a huge sonic boom at the end. Every launch that I have seen over the years – back to the days of the shuttle launches, just amaze me. I am in awe every time. Space X and Elon Musk has done wonders for the Space Coast. Rocket Launch
With the wind still blowing we decided to explore the Cocoa coast along the Indian River. We drove a scenic byway with big beautiful old homes majestically sitting along the river. Then found Cocoa Village – part of downtown Cocoa with quaint restaurants and shopping area along the Indiana River. Cocoa has a lot of history founded in 1860.
Thursday – it was still cool so off we went back to Canaveral National Seashore to drive the Black Point Wildlife Drive. Not a lot of wildlife out – a couple alligators sunning themselves. The wind was still too tough for the birds, so back out to the Seashore we went to watch the Atlantic Ocean for a while.
Back to Cocoa Village to visit Travis Hardware. If you are ever in the area this is a must see. Every kind of bolt, nut, coupling, pipe and then some is in this store. A man’s dream store!
Friday morning on my last trip out to the pier brought a huge surprise. There was a submarine going out. What a sight to see.
When I got to Mr. MoHo it was time to move over to Thousand Trails Orlando where we will be till December 21. This area is like home to us here. We have been coming to this area for over 10 years. We are on St Rt 27, 2 miles from Hwy 192 or 8 miles from Disney World. Our site is fabulous overlooking a pasture with lots of cattle and sandhill cranes. We can also watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from here.
The next 2 weeks we are visiting with several different friends, George getting established with a doctor down here, so he can finish his cardiac rehab down here and George resting. The weather is supposed to cool down to the mid to low 60’s this week so there will be no pool time, but I am sure we will find other things to do.
Till next time!