The forecast for another day of rain did not come to pass. I’ve been told that this group of islands has its own weather system and the 24-hour forecast means nothing. So …. yay!!! In fact, the sun came out in late morning and temps reached the low 70s.
Before the fun started, I had a few household chores to accomplish at my Little Talbot Island State Park site.
What you would expect after 7 days on the road – filling the water tanks (more on that later), dumping the waste tanks, and even an interior cleaning. The GDB is sand-free. At least for a short while.
To-do list accomplished, I drove the 5 miles to Big Talbot Island on the advice of 2 state park rangers. This beach has unique features.
I don’t know why erosion deposits this endless tangle of petrified wood here, and not on other beaches. It’s a singular place. You hike ½ miles through this dense forest to get to the shore.
Then it was on to Amelia Island State Park which consists of a narrow strand of beach; today it was staked-out by surf fishermen. Sorry, no photos of the beach. But here's one of me and the GDB!
Feeling the urge to find the perfect beach for the perfect afternoon, I moved on to Peter’s Point Beach, located just off Amelia Island Parkway. This is a county-owned park recommended by a county employee that I met yesterday. I was thinking this morning how I wish I had pumped him for some local info when he drove right up to me on the beach in his ATV! Wish I'd had the camera handy.
Had some lunch and got some grading done. Then it was time for some beachcombing.
The ranger who checked me in yesterday gave me a shell guide to the islands. I had fun trying to identify specimens.
A lady stopped and asked me what I was looking for. I replied 'my left contact'. She looked horrified until I told her I was kidding.
A glorious afternoon!
|Gull's day out|
As darkness approached, I headed to a Fernandina Beach Wal-Mart. It is a quiet location listed in the overnight parking database. Then it was Skype with John & Doris and now it’s almost time for dinner.
Read further only if you are interested in my latest RV gadget. One that will make taking on water so very much easier.
Traveling solo with tiny water tanks can be a challenge when it’s time to refill. Especially in a Roadtrek. The RT has a 2-tank (interior and exterior) system. The fill-ups take place here next to the driver’s seat and in the cargo area where you see the orange plugs.
You only know when the tanks are full from the backflow. This backflow of water always becomes a fountain and inevitably everything nearby gets wet. Including you. Without a partner at the water source to start or stop the flow, you run from water source to input and back again. Not very efficient.
Notice in the above photo that one of my home-stereo speakers is in a vulnerable position. The speaker gets wet along with everything else. I’m constantly wiping everything down with a towel that I keep just for that purpose.
One of the contributors to a Roadtrek forum – Robert – blogged about a solution that is both effective and inexpensive. Voila!
Thanks to the stop-cock, I can turn the water on and off without running a mad dash and getting a bath in the process.
Note: this isn’t the first time Robert has come to the rescue and made my life infinitely easier. Robert, if you are reading this – THANKS AGAIN!!!