January 1, 2017

Even though I enjoyed every moment we spent at St. George Island I will admit, I am going to have to go back in the summer to really take in the whole island, not just the park. We drove into the park and it just went on and on! Both sides were filled with gorgeous sand dunes and inviting water. We could not get enough of that place. The road just kept going and we just kept following it! I bet I could have spent days there and still not have seen everything. In the summer the sea turtles go there so you know that is a park I will be back to visit, probably more than once!

We left the island and followed the scenic route along the gulf, just as happy to be in the car as we had been at the parks. Beauty was everywhere! We arrived in Apalachicola, a very cute town, to find the Orman House. It was there that we discovered some of the parks, like the museums, were actually closed for the holiday. We could not tour the house but we sure did make our way around the outside of the property. Very interesting and a place worth coming back to for sure. I feel like I am going to have to pay a visit to the whole town again because it was also closed. The John Gorrie Museum was closed as well which was really disappointing because he looked like such an interesting person that brought a lot of good to the community!

We were not completely hopeless, there had to be other parks that were opened like the ones earlier so we hopped back into the car and headed to the Constitution Convention Museum. Along the way we got a glimpse of a sign for St. Joseph Peninsula so off we went! Let me just tell you, going to that park was the best decision we could have made! I fell in love, once again! The sand dunes were the most amazing dunes I had ever seen in my life. They looked like majestic mountains. Our hike to the beach took my breath away, literally! It was totally worth almost dying for. I didn’t want to leave, ever! I knew we had to go on our way because we were hours from camp and the rain was heading our way. The park has cabins there, overlooking the water so I promise you this, I will be back and it will be longer than just a couple of hours.

We made our way back to the main road in search of Constitution Convention Museum. As suspected, it was closed. We walked around the grounds and headed for the car, closing the books on our state parking adventures for the day, the first day of a brand new year!