Day two of our little exploratorium took us from Cocoa to Lake Placid. We took A1A working our way South along the ocean, stopping along at a couple places friends have stayed at in the past in the hopes that one of them might appeal to us as a future winter headquarters. What we found (from our perspective) was more traffic, higher fuel costs, a lot of security gates to private developments and… oh, did I mention, a lot more traffic! 🙂
The first order of the day was breakfast which we managed to take on board in Indialantic, FL. We were attracted by the name, The Blueberry Muffin Restaurant. They have wonderful pies and muffins but when I saw the corned beef hash with “Red Flannel” beets I was hooked. I would never in a million years have thought about adding pieces of cooked sweet beets into a breakfast item but it works. Unusual, but delicious.
From Fort Pierce we headed SW to Lake Okeechobee and finally I found a part of Florida where I could see myself spending a future winter. I love the lake (feature image above) — and it’s +100 mile recreation trail. Somehow in the next two days I’d like to return here and give the area some more time. We would have spent more time there today but our next stop was to be Ortona South Recreation area and that would have been further out of our way to visit later in this trip than Okeechobee.
So, what we did do was to stop at a couple campgrounds, realize how many more there were, and then keep with our program for the day — bopping down to Ortona South (a CORPS campground) and eventually up to Lake Placid where we had reservations for two nights.
Ortona South is a campground I have wanted to include in our trip for a couple years. It’s a lovely CORP campground and is usually quite full. There’s a CORPS lock and dam on site and the campground is clean and attractive. I’m sure we’ll make it there some day. Seeing it in person only heightened the desire. It’s about +10 miles to the closest services but otherwise it’s ducky.
We saw three campgrounds today that we’d consider in the future. Whether we’ll return to winter in Florida is still up in the air, and we’ll spend the next two days continuing our exploratorium around the area.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be here to chat tomorrow, if you want to stop by.