Friday, March 27, 2015
Our Final Stay At Tomoka State Park
Hello from wet and muddy Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, FL. We have camped here for years, but this will be our final visit until they pave the roads through the park, and we seriously doubt that that will ever happen. Enough is enough. If it hasn't rained here, the roads are very dusty and full of potholes and large craters. When it rains, all those potholes and craters fill with muddy water. Except for the roads, this is a decent little park. Our main reason for camping here is the relatively close proximity to Daytona International Speedway. Gary attends car shows there in March and November. This is the closest state park to the speedway. Gamble Rogers State Park is just a bit further away. It's a tiny park with cramped campsites on the beach side of Highway A1A. It is constantly booked. Gary read recently on the state parks website that they are expanding the park on the inland side of A1A. That expansion includes a brand new camping loop. As soon as reservations can be made, we will be booking a campsite there for the November car show. We're not sure if the road through the campground will be paved, but it can't possibly be as bad as the roads are here at Tomoka. Enough about that. Let me tell you about getting here yesterday, and what's happened since. We left Wekiwa Springs State Park at 11AM on the nose. It was a 61 mile trip from our Wekiwa campsite to our Tomoka campsite. Even with a couple of detours due to road construction, we arrived here at 12:45PM. It was overcast the entire way, and it began to sprinkle not long after we arrived. The sprinkles quickly became a downpour, and Gary got soaked trying to get me set up. Once he got done, he wrung out his wet clothes in the sink, and hung them up to dry on my indoor clothesline. That has been one of the handiest things that Gary has installed in me. He uses it every day for towels and washcloths after he showers. It was good that he brought the air conditioner on this trip. Besides making me nice and cool inside on these unusually hot days, it also helps to dry whatever is hanging on my clothesline. We like our campsite here. It's kind of secluded, and only a few steps away from the restroom. We just can't stand the horrible roads, and that will keep us away from here from now on. If by chance we can't get a campsite over at Gamble Rogers for Thanksgiving, Gary says he will travel to the car show from home. I would be disappointed to have to stay at home by myself, but we'll just have to see how it all works out. Believe me, I'll be reminding Gary on a constant basis to see if reservations can be made yet. This is the second of our four night stay here. The rain is supposedly finished, and a sunny weekend with cooler temperatures is predicted. Gary will be going to the car show tomorrow, and I'll be hanging out here listening to the iPod and catching some Z's. If anything interesting happens, I'll check back in before we go home on Monday. Have a FANTASTIC weekend, everyone.