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JoeH wrote:

While at Salt Springs, there is a small marina where you can rent a boat for a reasonable price and explore the run down to the lake. Also, I'd recommend going over to Juniper Springs ( short drive from Salt Springs) and rent a canoe and do the run down the creek. It's 7 miles and a very scenic paddle.
Good luck getting in Ft. DeSoto.... they do have walk ups so maybe you;ll be lucky-- but you should have a plan "B" .
At Bahia Honda, go out to Looe Key to dive/snorkel. Sometime during your stay, head over to No Name Pub ( at No Name Key, off Big Pine Key) for pizza. Looe Key Dive Center also has a new,huge tiki hut with some pretty good happy hour specials. You should head to Key West for a day trip. Lots to do there..... if you like good live music, go to the Green Parrot. Great Happy Hour at the Boat House- 1/2 price small plates.


Yeah; I'll have my kayak with me, so I'll be looking into those runs. Mrs. S. doesn't appreciate the fun of kayaking, but maybe I can get a canoe and we can go down together. Or, if not, she has been known to pick me up downstream.

Ft. DeSoto has a "new?" policy of keeping 10% of their sites as "hold-back" sites. They release them on Friday mornings. I'm hoping to get one that way. I do have a few other campgrounds in mind for that area if it doesn't work out for Fort D.

Thanks for the tips on the Keys!

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Airdaile wrote:

In the Santa Rosa Beach area, be sure to get breakfast at the Donut Hole. Take a ride down Route 30A and see the communities along the way. It's like driving from Key West to Nantucket. The panhandle is a different Florida for sure.


Sounds interesting. We may give 30A a look.

Do you know if there is an admission fee to a FL state park if you're camped in a nearby one? In other words, as a camper at Topsail, would I have to pay an entry fee at Grayson?

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If going I75 thru Cincinnati, look into the Creation Museum and an hour down the road if the Ark Encounter.


Interesting. As Christians, we might really enjoy this. Thanks!

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Dick_B wrote:

In Tarpon Springs one of our favorite restaurants is Rusty Bellies at the far end of the main drag. Good hush puppies are an appetizer. In Clearwater you might want to see Winter the dolphin that lost its tail and was fitted with a prothesis. A movie was made about that story.
We always stay at the Dunedin RV Resort and have lunch at the nearby Molly Goodheads. Needless to say we like eating.


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Nah, we don't really enjoy eating. Not our thing really. JK

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Be sure to visit McGuire Irish Pub


Thanks! We'll keep it in mind. It looks like it's almost a half hour from the park, so I doubt we'd make a special trip for just that, but we might be going over that way for other things. So, we'll keep it in mind. Love Irish pubs.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Stretch that return leg out some. If you haven't previously, visit Savannah Ga, beautiful old town, fascinating cemetary, and great food, then up to Charleston SC, Ft. Sumter, and old town tours as well, then up to your Raleigh stop before going back to the Coast for Nags Head beaches, Wright Bros Memorial, lighthouses and then up to Williamsburg Va for some history.


We're pretty open about that return trip. It may well stretch out to a week or so. We did visit Savannah last year. Had a nice time touring that town. We're thinking maybe a day or two in Charleston. We did visit the Outer Banks a while ago and saw the Wright Bros Memorial. Loved it.

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agesilaus wrote:

While you are in the Keys make sure you take the dive boat trips out to the reefs. They are great trips and aren't all that pricey. Just hope that you do not have onshore winds which ruins the diving and snorkeling. The boats can provide all your gear tho I'd at least bring everything except tanks. There is a boat out of Bahia Honda, we never got to try it because of those winds I mention above that stir up silt and reduce visibility to just about zero.

I am not as familiar with diving in the panhandle. I know there are some boats and they have to go much further off shore to get to their dive sites. I think those are often wrecks. There is a well known springs dive spot called Vortex Springs. Not sure how close that is to Top Sail.

Weeki Watchi is now open to divers. And so are the springs in the Ocala NF (Salt Springs), Mainly Alexander Springs. I don't think there is much at Salt Springs and Alexander is just a shallow dive. Crystal River has boats that drop you off upstream and pick you up a mile or so downstream. That is a very excellent trip you feel like you are flying over the green waving grass in the perfectly clear water.


Yeah, I've been pricing dive trips in the Keys and on the panhandle. Keys are much more affordable. Panhandle trips are out to shipwrecks. How do I find dive buddies while on the road?

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