The Forgotten Coast
Thanksgiving exceeded our expectations 100-fold! After having to cancel Thanksgiving in Ft. Lauderdale with Alex’s family, we thought we were going to have to settle for turkey stew in our RV. Thanks to Marc and Rebecca, that wasn’t the case at all. We genuinely enjoyed every bit of our day and feel so thankful and blessed😊. The next morning we woke in a food fog and had a bit of a hard time getting started. Marc and Rebecca highly recommended that we check out the oyster capital of the world, Apalachicola. This adorable town is located on Florida’s forgotten coast. The only RV park I could find with an available spot for the night was nine miles away in Eastpoint. Between our late start, stopping to get air in the RV tires, and losing an hour because we crossed over into the Eastern time zone, we arrived with only an hour of sunlight left in the day! We quickly detached our rig, walked the dogs, jumped in the truck and headed to downtown Apalachicola. Finding a coffee shop was first on our list and finding an oyster restaurant with great reviews was second. Our mission was accomplished! Alex got a great cup of coffee and we ate at a delicious seafood restaurant called Half-Shell Dockside. The raw oysters were only $10 a dozen!
After seeing how cute Apalachicola is, I went online and found a spot for an additional night at our spot, Coastline RV Resort and Campground. We were just a few feet from the Gulf of Mexico and at a price of $70 per night it was worth every dollar. The next morning we woke up and decided to check out the town of Apalachicola in the daylight. We explored the downtown area, drove through the historic neighborhoods and visited the Farmer’s Market where I bought a few homemade ornaments.
From there, we headed north to take a boat ride at Wakulla Springs. The total price for three tickets was only $21! The boat ride was an hour long and our guide not only serenaded us with his guitar, he also told us about the history of Wakulla Springs and shared a bunch of information about the animals who inhabit it. We saw countless birds and several alligators on our river adventure. A couple fun facts….Wakulla Springs is actually the deepest fresh water spring in the world and several movies have been filmed in and around it’s murky waters.
Our adventure for the day took us through the little town of Carrabelle where we saw a sign advertising a Lantern Festival at the Crooked River Lighthouse that evening! After our visit to the springs, we went home to get cleaned up and then headed to the festival. It was such a beautiful night! The live music on the lighthouse museum’s wrap around porch was out of this world! We all enjoyed the collection of lanterns and Noah and I had a blast climbing to the top of the lighthouse!
We finished off the night with dinner at a local Carrabelle restaurant. The food wasn’t nearly as good as the night before in Apalachicola but we did get our fill of oysters.
Goodbye Forgotten Coast of Florida. You will be missed:)