So as most of you know, we left the Cocoa Beach area on the 20th of this month. The kids said their good bye's to their good friend and shed a few tears. That's the hardest part about staying for awhile in one area and then leaving... the good bye's. However, they exchanged addresses and know they can write letters and keep in touch. We ended up actually leaving on the evening of the 19th and began our trip a tad early because of some severe storms coming in. Our original plan was to go towards Jacksonville but they ended up having some tornado warnings along with horrible thunderstorms and we didn't quite feel like dealing with that on our first outing with Filmore. Instead, we took the toll roads around Orlando and up towards the Tallahassee area.
That first night was interesting to say the least. The campground we stayed at, called Wilderness something or other, was in the middle of nowhere it seemed even though it was off the highway. Both of the girls were having to use the restroom pretty bad and both Chris and I kept saying, "we're almost there, we're almost there." Wouldn't you know that this would be the first campground we have EVER stayed at that locks the bathrooms at 7pm... seriously?? Neither of us have ever had to deal with that and after calling the lady back, she said it was to keep "certain" people out. We both looked at each other like, "um, should we be staying here?" It turned out alright and all the kids "watered" their grass for them. lol. When the sun arose, we high tailed it out of there and headed to the rest area down the street.
That next day we arrived in sunny Destin, Florida. We had perfect weather with the sun shining the entire time. Seriously, we could not have asked for better weather and it seems as though we brought it with us. Supposedly the Destin area had received rain for 9 days straight and when we arrived, it stopped.. thankfully. We camped at the Destin Army Recreation campground for two nights and actually ran into a couple from the campground we had just come from back in Cocoa. It's a rather small world after all. :)
The kids loved the campground but more so, the swimming pool. They're all water bugs, which meant we spent most of our time there. We toured the area for a bit, visiting Bass Pro, eating at Fudpuckers, fed the alligators and stopped by to see the EOD Memorial. The evenings were spent longboarding down a few of their hills and munching on ice cream. All in all, we loved the area. There seemed to be something for everyone to see or do. After that, we headed on to Alabama.