Airstream food court at Seaside
Lulu loves shopping in beachside kitsch
Sunset on Topsail Beach
We spent night 17 in our Roadtrek at Topsail State Park. But we enjoyed visiting other towns and parks on the visit.
TopSail State Park and Beach are beautiful places. The beach is very private - there are no parking places by it. You can walk - bike - or take the tram on the 3/4 mile path to it. The sand is so white and clean - the surf is blue and clear.
Grayton Beach State Park is similar - except you can drive your car or camper to the beach. There is a big parking lot - beach houses - showers - toilets. The beach is wide - white - and the surf awesome. We paid $5 to drive to the beach there. We looked at campsites - they were not as nice as TopSail - but were good - more open.
Next we went to Seaside. Seaside a a designed town with expensive craftsmen styled homes that create an ideal "turn of the 19th century look and feel." The streets are made more for walking than driving. There are beautiful town squares. It is like Disney's Celebration - but right on the beach.
I loved the Food Court made of Airstream Trailers. There are pretty permanent - but they provide a variety of comfort food. There are second floor restaurants and pubs where you can eat - drink - and view the surf. The "cottages" are available for rent - some of them look like giant mansions. They are all placed around the narrow bricked streets. We found a free spot on the town square - parked the camper there - and had lunch. There are some really cool stores there - throwbacks to the country store time.
We visited Seaside 30 years ago - when it first opened. It has matured nicely. I think most of the homes are vacation homes - the homes has signs with the owners' names and city/state. Of course Lulu said that we could live there and drive the 130 miles to FSU every day. When we lived in PA and she worked in NYC - she drove the distance once a week. I had to remind her - that she is 63 - and someday she would retire.
After Seaside - we went to Pier Park in Panama City Beach. It is a very nice mall/shopping center right on the beach by the pier. It is my favorite beach because it has the whitest sand - the warmest clearest water - and great places to eat - drink - and park your camper right by the beach. We ate and drank at the Hofbrau House - great German food and drink at reasonable prices. If you get lucky you can see a Bavarian band - or European Football.
Then we changed in the camper - crossed the street with our chairs and umbrella and enjoyed a couple hours of sun and surf. On the west side of the pier was a beach with lots of dog owners. It was fun seeing the dogs enjoy the water too. There was a helicopter port right by us that was giving short rides along the beach. The concrete pier sticks at least a 1/4 mile out into the water.
After the beach - we showered in the camper - and put on our riding clothes. As we pulled out - Lulu settled into the bed making phone calls. Pretty soon she was zonked out - and I did not see her until we pulled into our driveway. She slept the 2 hours - and was very fresh as she did most of the unloading.
We put about 300 miles total on the camper - mostly at 60 MPH. We spent two nights at TopSail for $20 a night. I keep a running tally of the camper use and cost. We paid $32,000 for it. This was night number 17. So it is down to $1882 a night. I hope I live to see it down to $100 a night. Someone said I should just sleep in it in the driveway.
All pictures taken with an iPhone 7s - unretouched - and free for anyone to use as they see fit.
GRAYTON BEACH - FLORIDA
This Grayson Beach pavilion would be a great camper carport
Grayson Beach bath house
SEASIDE - FLORIDA
Seaside foot court Airstreams
Cold drinks and ice cream
Seaside post office
We had barbecue here
Seaside band stand
Country store in Seaside
Seaside New Orleans style street
Seaside wedding chapel was busy
Home of Seaside
All windows were doors - beautiful home
Sunset at TopSail
Berach walkway over dunes
PANAMA CITY BEACH - FLORIDA
My favorite beach spot - second to Waikiki
I liked this garnet Harley for under $8000
Our Hofbrau House
Lulu loves shopping - she does not buy a lot
Latitude 29 - just 6 degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer
Why is he leaning?