Saturday, May 19, 2012

Highlights of Cedar Point

Lazy Days RV
Seffner, FL

That’s right…we’re still alive and we’re at Lazy Days getting some warranty items taken care of.  I didn’t want to publish our intent to come here for reasons to be disclosed in my next post.  Leave ya hangin’ on for more.

Our internet connection hasn’t been the best in the world lately but I want to share some highlights from our recent time with Nancy and Bill at Cedar Point.  Needless to say, we sat around discussing the world’s problems and came up with several viable solutions.  I just don’t know why the politicians and other powers to be don’t understand how simple the solutions are.  I bet they don’t spend any time chatting around a campfire or going camping for that matter.  We played cards, Sequence, Hand n Foot, and ladder ball.  Gin and I lost most of the time but enjoyed the friendly competition. 

There were a couple of day trip activities that were really the highlight of our time together.  We paddled on the White Oak River one day launching at Haywood’s Landing and another day, we went to Bear Island which is part of Hammock's Beach State Park.

First our river paddle.  Haywood’s Landing is about 11 miles from the campground off of Hwy 58.  You turn onto a forest service road which is gravel but in pretty good shape.  Travel another couple of miles into the woods and make a right at the stop sign.  (Yes, there’s a stop sign in the middle of the woods…for the educated deer Smile).  There is no road noise at all when you take this paddle.  After lending Bill one of our paddles, we launched our SeaEagles.  That’s right…Bill left their paddles at camp.  Nancy usually doesn’t paddle much due to her bad shoulder, but Gin got real lucky since Bill used her paddle.
Bill and Nancy on the White Oak River, NC  Bill and Nancy on the White Oak River, NC

Roamin never uses a paddle either and he really liked his spot up front between Gin’s feet.  Not a bad view of the tall grass growing at river’s edge.
Roamin enjoying the White Oak River NC  Grass on edge of White Oak River

As you can tell, there was only water and trees.  Beautiful day and very relaxing.  Not that much wildlife but there was the majestic Osprey looking for lunch and the typical turtle on a log.
Osprey looking for lunch!  Turtle on a log

Since we were well inland, we didn’t have to try and figure out the tides.  It was a very nice and relaxing paddle.  On another day, we went to Hammock’s Beach State Park in Swansboro, NC and took the passenger ferry boat ride over to Bear Island.  This was our first time there so it was an adventure indeed.  There is quite a bit of walking on the island when you get off of the ferry so I’m not real sure we would do it during the hot, humid summer.  We’re spoiled.  After a while, you approach the facilities.  There are several covered picnic tables, a bath house, and a concession stand that is open during the summer.
Approaching Facilities at Bear Island  Bath House at Bear Island

While Gin and Bill were surf fishing, Nancy and I walked towards the Bogue Inlet point of the island.  We all felt like we had the place all to ourselves.
Gin and Bill fishing at Bear Island  Bogue Inlet from Bear Island NC
Nancy on Bear Island NC

It’s an unspoiled island but they do have about a dozen tent camping sites that are right on the dunes.  You would have quite a distance to go to get to the bath house but you are the first one to see the sunrise.
Shells on Bear Island NC  Campsite #4 at Bear Island

Seagulls were plentiful but we did manage to capture a few other shorebirds.  I know Nancy took many more pictures, but here’s an Oystercatcher and a Black-bellied Plover.
Oystercatcher on Bear Island  Black-bellied Plover

It was a wonderful sun-filled day at the beach that I would gladly do again.  Put on lots of sunscreen and keep the Springtime temperatures and breezes, and I’m there!

Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.


Tumbleweed Dee said...

I can't wait to find out why you're back in Lazy Days, what possibility could go wrong.

Looks like you've had a lot of fun on the water again. Have a great time, and hope you're stay at the dealer will be short.

Nancy and Bill said...

You beat me to it. Great post about our great time together. It really was fun and we loved Cedar Point!!! Good Times with GOOD Friends:o))

Hope all is going well at Camp CC;o))

Sherry said...

Ha HA! I know the secret but I won't tell either!!

Boy those two day trips sound fabulous. The island especially. I would just love to tent camp and have all my backpacking equipment with me. SIGH...........tent sites on the water, first to see the sun come up. Boy that sure does sound fine.

Laurie and George said...

Nice pictures! Can't wait for your next post now :)

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Nothing like sharing wonderful good times with good friends!

Now, I really want to know the "secret"! Can hardly wait for the next post.

Luci & Loree said...

BIG turtle & shells, what more could you want?

Jessica and Harry said...

Also looking forward to hearing the news in the next post!! :)

Dan and Tricia said...

Ahhh...the beach! Glad you guys had a good time. Miss you bunches

Ron and Cyndi said...

Enjoyed your post soooo much. What a great way to start my day,reading about Gail and Rick in the O'Keeffe country and you at Hammocks Beach State Park. Thank you for sharing your good times with us.

Travelwithwhippets said...

What secret? You can tell us :-)

Mike and Terri said...

Bear Island looks beautiful, and it would be wonderful to have it all to yourselves!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I know you're back at Lazy Days trading up to a larger motorhome for all Gin's electronic toys... ;c)