(Auburndale, FL) Hi 78 Lo 58 -- Sharon (Jim's sister) Jim and I love geocaching in the area. We haven't been to Oriental and wanted to find a few of the caches in that area and have lunch. Oriental, NC is a quaint little town and it was a great trip over by ferry.
We ate at Toucan Grill.
A few pictures of geocaches that might be found. They can be all sizes and hidden in all kinds of places. (Click on the picture to enlarge). Do you see a tiny capsule in the tree?
Some are filled with all kinds of trinkets that you can get at a dollar store.
This is very unique. You can buy stones and birds in nests which open to have a pencil and paper and small items inside.
Also you'll find neat places to eat and different shaped buildings. This is a restaurant called the Silos.
We made it full day and had lots of fun together. When we got back to the house, we had dinner and visited with family.
We left Monday for Mayport Naval Station near Jacksonville, Florida. There was very little traffic, so we were very glad we didn't travel on Sunday. Note to self, never travel on Sunday after Thanksgiving. Our North Carolina friends, Hank and Selene, were next door at Hannah state park, so we went to dinner with them to a Mexican place. It was great catching up on all the activities in NC and in their lives. We follow them on their blog littlehouseontheroad-smdrm.blogspot.com They'll be in our area in a few weeks and we'll meet up again.
We noticed on the way up to North Carolina on I-95 there were lots of trees down and some green road signs due to hurricane Matthew. When we got to Jacksonville we saw a lot of beach erosion and trees down in the area. The RV park at the Mayport Naval Station was closed a few days to clean up the damage. We stayed at the Navy lodge and had a second floor view of the ocean.
Night view of the lodge
The back side view.
We had a kitchenette with microwave, full size refrigerator, stove, plates, cups, silverware and coffee maker. All set to stay a few weeks if needed.
Full size pool.
Our breakfast view from the lodge.
View from our balcony.
View from the beach looking at our room, second floor second balcony from the left.
The surf was so rough that four surfers couldn't get up long for a long ride.
The RV park we stayed at while in the RV has a lot of erosion. They were closed a couple days during the hurricane, but opened back up quickly once the bridges to the area were back open.
We spent one night at Mayport, then got home early evening on Tuesday, got the laundry rounded up then we crashed. It's always good to get back home.
Wednesday we got back to the normal routine. The weekly meeting brought us up to date on the happenings of the park. It's going to be a very busy month of December.
Today we went to the movie Fantastic Beasts and How To Find Them. It's a very good movie and we give it two thumbs up. It's supposedly a prequel to the Harry Potter movies. Movies are getting so good with the special effects.
I haven't posted my critters lately. While we were with the family I made a "critter" that looks like Jim's sisters dog.
I'll leave you with our sunset. See you next week.