Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ho Hum has biting flies in the evening!

We were all set for an evening outside since the weather was so nice and it was cool and breezy.   It was not to be though because of a bee-looking fly that bites!  It looks like a large fly but it is yellow and I think it has stripes on its back.  Anyway they came from nowhere in swarms and starting feasting on us.  We were forced inside.  These pests aren't around during the day (thank goodness) but you better go in around dusk because they will swarm before you know it.
Today we decided to ride over to St. George Island State Park.  This island has beautiful beaches with white sand.   The first thing we saw when we crossed the 4 mile bridge to get to the island was this lighthouse. Cape St. George Lighthouse has a very interesting history.  This lighthouse is actually the 4th one.  The first was built in 1833. It was destroyed by a storm in 1846.  It was 1848 before the 2nd one was completed. Unfortunately it was destroyed only 3 years later by a deadly hurricane in 1851. The 3rd one was built in 1852 on what is now called Little St. Georges Island.  The government cut a channel into the island making two islands in 1854.  This lighthouse stood until 2005 when yet again a storm took it down. This lighthouse had served for 140 years and the people of Florida didn't want it to just not stand again.  Through hard work the current lighthouse was built  in 2008 and placed at the intersection as you enter the island.
Past the lighthouse starts row after row of condos.  These were so tall and skinny they reminded me of the houses on monopoly.  LOL

The park is a few miles down the road. You pay $6.00 for a car of 4-8 people.  The beaches and water were beautiful.  They were not crowded either.  They said it was a good place to look for shells.  This man was sculpting an eagle in the sand.  You have to look hard and use your imagination but in person you could tell it was a bird.
                                          Libbie is checking it out here.  Notice the attitude!
                                    The water wasn't as pretty as the keys but it sure was pretty!
                       Look hard and see the kite!  It was a beautiful day, a perfect day for flying a kite! It was so easy they had just tied it to a chair.
                                    The seagulls were waiting on someone to drop some food.
 This was a very nice picnic area.  The gulls thought so too.  There were some people under the cover having lunch.
                                  They just knew they would be invited to join in on the feast.
 When we left the day use area, we headed for the campground inside the park.  It has water and electric and a dump station.  The bathrooms and showers were very nice.  It is rustic so if your looking for concrete pads and lots of lights move on down the road.
 This VW bus caught my eye. If you look hard you can see the box fan up above the window. I guess that is where the bed is up there.
 It almost looks like it is about to take flight.  I would like to have seen inside it.
 Back at the ranch... oops wrong state.  Back at the campground.  Buddy is ready for a walk.
 You can barely see her, but there is a woman raking the gravel.  She worked on raking up the pine needles, then raking the gravel smooth and even and then she raked lines in it like in the Japanese gardens.  I have no idea why she did this but we have been here 2 days and she has done it both days.
 Notice the boats in the water.  Both just got in, both caught a bunch of fish.  The seagulls and pelicans were happy to help them clean the fish.
 Doug and I (but you can't see me in the other swing) enjoying the breezes.
 The same boats this evening when the tide started going out.  The boats will be completely on sand before the night is over.
                                 Just noticed the turn in at the campground is called Arkansas St.
Later folks