Heading North…Slowly!

Goodbye Venice.

Hello Little Talbot Island State Park.

We left Venice , Fl with mixed emotions on Monday. As excited as we were to start our adventure of exploring the Coastline, slowly making our way to Connecticut, it is always tough to say goodbye to Venice. For as long as I can remember, I get a feeling of homesickness when I leave that place.

After visiting Venice for almost 10 years now, it has become like a 2nd home to us. Every year we go, we add more days to the length of our stay, and without even intending to we stayed for 2 months this time! It’s just SO HARD TO LEAVE. The weather is amazing…..Sunny and 60-70 degrees almost every day. We explored Venice and its surrounding towns daily, putting over 500 miles on our bikes while there. Sunsets at Venice Beach, Jetty and Pier. Shark Tooth Hunting at Casperson Beach. Dolphin Hunting at Nokomis Beach and Jetty. Biking Casey Key Road. Drum Circle at Siesta Key. Manasota Beach. Biking the Venetian Waterway/Legacy Trail daily. Antique Car, Craft and Art Shows. Boat trips on the Intercoastal. Farmers Market every Saturday Morning. Bingo Wednesday Night. Basketball and Shuffleboard Sunday Mornings.

I could keep going, but you get the point. What I didn’t mention is the lovely people we have met in Venice, along with Erik’s parents and their good friends from CT, Ed and Carol. Put all of this together….the weather, endless outdoor

activities and loved ones all around….Venice is just a gem of a place. Unfortunately, no longer the hidden gem it once was….it’s getting so crowded!!

So, after 2 months it was time to say goodbye to Venice and start our next adventure. Which was extremely exciting, since we had many stops we were really looking forward to. Plus, we had really decorated our camper while storing it in Venice, and we couldn’t wait to get back in it.

Our first stop was Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville, Florida. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was perf

ect. Minus the chilly weather. Our Floridian blood was not used to the RECORD LOWS Jacksonville was experiencing, some days never getting out of the 30s. Yuck! But, even the cold weather couldn’t take away from the beauty of this area and it couldn’t stop us and our exploring!!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The campground at Little Talbot Island State Park. Backed right up to a beautiful Marsh with Spanish moss, Ferns, Palms and more creating a Rainforest canopy feel.

The campground at Little Talbot Island State Park was loaded with vegitation. Backing right up to a beautiful Marsh each site is canopied by Live Oaks, Spanish moss, Ferns, Palms and more creating a Rainforest feel.

We visited the Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island. Here are still existing structures from the slave quarters. So much history. Really an amazing setting and experience for us. One of my favorite memories of LTI

We visited the Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island. Above you see the still existing structures of the slave quarters. So much history. Really an amazing setting with the Plantation set right on the water….a surprisingly great experience for us. One of my favorite memories of LTI

We spent a rainy day on Amelia Island, exploring the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Reminded us of Portland, Maine.

We spent a rainy day on Amelia Island, exploring the historic district of Fernandina Beach.

Reminded us of Portland, Maine.

The beach at Little Talbot Island directly across the street from our campground. Not a soul in sight. A 2 mile wooded trail brings you right onto this beach, which ends with another 2 miles on the beach...adding an opportunity for a good run

The beach at Little Talbot Island is directly across the street from our campground. Not a soul in sight. A four mile hiking loop starts with a 2 mile wooded trail which brings you right onto this beach, ending the loop with 2 miles of beach…an opportunity for a good run!

The trees seem to be growing out of the ocean at Big Talbot Island. The secluded beaches look as though they are untouched from prehistoric days.

The trees seem to be growing out of the ocean at Big Talbot Island. The secluded beaches look as though they are untouched from prehistoric days.

Amelia Island State Park offered plenty of dunes and miles of white sandy beaches. Again, we were mostly alone, except for a few 4x4 trucks on the beach and these horseback riders!

Amelia Island State Park offered plenty of dunes and miles of white sandy beaches. Again, we were mostly alone, except for a few 4×4 trucks on the beach and these horseback riders!

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The marsh located just steps away from our campsite.

stay tuned for our next stop just 1.5 hours North of Jacksonville.

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