As the day started, it occurred to me that having cable would be a good idea for tonight’s game. Streaming works OK but is not always reliable. So $47 later, I’m set to watch the game on my little big screen.
On the first scan, I only got 7 digital channels (none of which was ESPN). I went to the office and one of park employees was asked to hook me up with a cable box. I drove back to my site and, just like at home, waited for the cable guy.
The whole issue confused me because my TV is digital and I shouldn’t need a supplemental receiver. Turns out, I didn’t need the box after all. The problem was that one of the cables to my ridiculously complex "home entertainment system" was incorrectly placed.
Thanks Austin for figuring that out!
Austin tells me there will be a sizable crowd watching the game in the club house tonight. No doubt I will run (and, with these temps, I do mean RUN) over there at some point. He says most of the viewers will be Gator fans so they will be pulling for Auburn to beat their arch-rival, Florida State.
Back to this morning
My first stop after leaving Niceville was Henderson Beach State Park. The campground was full. (I never make reservations but this is the first time I’ve been turned away. Guess I was due). But allowed me to tour the campground as a possible future camping spot.
Henderson Beach is a beautiful facility – the sites are sheltered and very private but …. the beach area is quite small and surrounded by development. I’m glad I did a reconnaissance tour so I can check it off my list.
So I traveled the 12 miles to Topsail. The sites here are very narrow with no privacy. I was also hoping for more shelter from the wind.
The beach must be spectacular for them to call it a resort and get away with charging so much. I’ll check out the beach tomorrow before leaving. But I have to say, at the moment, I would not come back here to camp.
The overnight low will be low but not as low as it will be 200 miles north back home. And it won’t be below freezing for long. I’m happy to have hook-ups so my furnace can run all night without the risk of the blower running the battery down. I’ll also open the cabinets to keep the pipes warm(er).
Tomorrow I’ll move east along the coast - either to Grayton Beach or St. Joe State Park.