Paradise Found

Sunrise

Sunrise

We’re definitely off the beaten path. We’re at least a good 25 miles from any town. Presently we’re parked at the tip of a  little peninsula that juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. Reception is spotty but thanks to our Wilson’s antennae & power booster, we can get a couple of bars on our iPhones. The laptops are a tad slow but still usable, we need to exercise some patience with them at times. But this is a small price to pay to be in such a beautiful location.

Entrance to Gulf Breeze Campground

Entrance to Gulf Breeze Campground

IMG_0368   Our campsite.   IMG_0324

Behind us is the marsh. Great for observing birds.

Behind us is the marsh. Great for observing birds.

To the front of our campsite are the beach dunes & the beach beyond.

To the front of our campsite are the beach dunes & the beach beyond.

We’re at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. The park has a total of 120 sites with 30 amp electric & water hookups. These are located in 2 different campgrounds on the peninsula. Gulf Breeze campground, where we are has 59 sites & is tucked directly behind the beach dunes. This area is open & sunny. We hear the waves form the Suite Pea all day, all night. It’s very calming & great to fall to sleep by. The other campground is named Shady Pines & lies on the St. Joseph Bay side. It’s more heavily wooded with pines & palms. Quite lovely with that lush Old Florida feel.

Entrance to Shady Pines Cg. The entrance into Shady Pine Gg. on left. Typical site in this area on right. IMG_0338

The beach!

The beach!

St. Joseph State Park has 9.5 miles of snow white sand beach. It’s known to be one of the Top 10 beaches in the world. It truly is! We’ve been fortunate enough to have this magnificent pristine beach almost exclusively to ourselves as there are so few people camped within the park. Don likes collecting shells the tides deposit upon the shore. There are many, many to choose from.

IMG_0369   Don shell collecting. IMG_0374

Only other beach goers besides us.

Only other beach goers besides us.

The campgrounds are situated central in a wilderness preserve. 2 hiking trails & a meandering boardwalk offer breathtaking views of the Gulf dunes, St. Joseph’s Bay & the marsh, a great place for spotting a variety of shorebirds.

The boardwalk

The boardwalk

Pelican Row

Pelican Row

I believe the birds at either end are Cormorants, keeping company with a couple of Brown Pelicans & a Great Blue Heron.

I believe the birds at either end are Cormorants, keeping company with a couple of Brown Pelicans & a Great Blue Heron.

We enjoy walking early in the morning as the sun is starting to rise. It’s quiet, peaceful & wet. We can literally watch the dew as it beads & drips from the palm fronds, soaking Tucker & our heads.

Early morning on the dunes.

Early morning on the dunes.

IMG_0483    Views from our morning walks.      IMG_0484

Sunrise over St. Joseph Bay

Sunrise over St. Joseph Bay

IMG_0490   Morning dew.   IMG_0501

This is our type of environment. Not only are Don & I both in our element but Tucker is too. A DNR officer directed me to a dog friendly beach just outside the park entrance. Tucker has enjoyed his romps in the surf. It’s nice to be in a dog friendly area again.

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A Salty Dog?

A Salty Dog?

To our friends & family in the north dealing with inches & inches of snow & cold temps, you are all in our thoughts. We pray if you must travel that you do so with great caution, please stay safe (& warm.) May our photos give you an escape even if for only a short while.

The lady, the sea in one of her many moods.

The lady, the sea in one of her many moods.

Sunset on the water.

Sunset on the water.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………..

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

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  1. Oh my…where do I begin? The snowy egret is absolutely beautiful and I love pelican row and friends!
    Tucker looks so happy playing at the beach!

    We only rode by Port St. Joe. Sure looks like a wonderful spot to call home for awhile…no need to say enjoy…I know you will!

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