I’ve been writing this for over a week now. Seems like the only time I can manage to put a blog post together is when we are on the road! We are on our way to Port Richey, FL and plan to spend the night at a halfway point in Chattahoochee, FL this evening. We left AL quite late, and unfortunately it looks like we’ll be setting up camp in the dark tonight.
Overall, we really enjoyed our time on the island this fall! Ive compiled a list of the notable highs and lows.
Walking on the beach every day
Most days, I get an hour to myself and I use it to exercise and make phone calls at the same time!
Dag would’ve loved it here. It makes me really happy to encounter dogs of all shapes and sizes every day. Theo’s toes have been kissed by at least a dozen pooches since we’ve been here.
Ive seen tons of birds (the island is a bird sanctuary), raccoons, squirrels, possums, feral cats/kittens, lizards, crabs, moon jellyfish, turtles (land turtles are the only ones I’ve seen but apparently sea turtles nest here). This is one of the wild kittens:
I named her Dauphine. She was my best buddy this past week and it broke my heart to leave her. 😿 I left a bowl of tuna out on the picnic table for her and I hope she gets it before any of the other critters do!
We got to spend a few hours here one morning. The masonry was incredible. Lots of great history to learn!
Frequent heron sightings
They’re just so cool. Magical.
Friendly RV park staff
Everyone I’ve interacted with has been very nice and helpful.
Being close to some family and old friends
My Aunt Renee and cousins Dennis and Stormie live about an hour away and we’ve been so happy to visit with them as much as possible. One of my oldest friends, Taylor, also lives about an hour away. I couldn’t be more thrilled to reconnect with her. I said it before and I’ll say it again, she’s the epitome of Southern charm, class, hospitality, and style.
Cypress pine smell
When we first arrived I was blown away by the nostalgia I felt for my AL childhood. Our campsite smells exactly like my old back yard. Olfactory memory is a powerful thing!
Office accepts deliveries
Amazon Prime. Nuff said.
Not really being affected by the seasons changing like I normally am
I’ve suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder for many years. As soon as the fall creeps in and summer’s officially over, a deep sadness clouds my soul. I’m not sure why, and for as long as I can remember I have never been able to shake it until winter is over. Come spring I am overcome with joy and the light floods my heart again. This annoying cycle has never failed. Until now! Maybe it’s because the temperature has been in the 70’s and 80’s since we got here. Maybe it’s because I get to enjoy daily beach walks and put my bare feet in the sand (grounding is a real thing). Maybe it’s the extra vitamin D I’m taking. Maybe my son Theodore is all the light I need.💗
Theo isn’t really big enough for all the playground things, but he really loves it! There’s a basketball court and he likes to watch me shoot hoops!
Well, we are surrounded by water. But dang! I thought in October/November it would dry out a little. I was wrong. It’s sticky and makes me feel greasy. Nothing like taking a shower and stepping outside, then in 5 minutes feeling like you need another shower.
Okay. I’ve loathed these blood suckers for my whole life (well, at least since my first experience with them). But living on Mosquito Island – oops, I mean, Dauphin Island – has taken this hatred to a whole new level of torture and paranoia. I’m tormented every single day. When those bitches bite me (only the females bite; they need the blood to nurture their eggs before they lay them) I get a huge welt and a stinging itch that lasts for over a week! I feel like I react more than most people do. I contracted an Arbovirus from mosquito bites in Mexico several years ago and my immune system hasn’t been the same since. I could keep going but I’ll spare you. Just know that if I never saw another mosquito again if be a happy camper.
I’m sort of torn about spiders. They eat mosquitoes, so I should feel better about them. But I don’t. They freak me out. And we’ve killed at least one spider every day we’ve been parked here. The biggest one I’ve seen was in my bedroom, about the size of a large egg. It crunched pretty loudly when Adam smashed it. They’re mostly about the size of quarters, though, and some of them JUMP! They jump right when you try to squish them with a paper towel and they blend into our carpet. Worst nightmare. I doubt this problem will be any better at our next destination (Port Richey, FL) but I still have my fingers crossed for some sort of improvement.
Ants in the car
Ants everywhere! But in the car is especially annoying.
Yeah. We thought we were so clever keeping the Bob in the bed of the truck (which has a topper when we aren’t towing the trailer). It was so convenient to always have it with us! Until we recently, after days and days of rain, discovered mold growing on the fabric. We have cleaned it but really want to treat the fabric and then park the stroller in the bright sun for a day before we put the baby back into it. This will probably not happen until we get to FL. Grrrrrr!
40 miles each way to buy decent groceries
I won’t make this mistake again. Shopping with an infant is an all day affair when the store is 80 miles roundtrip. From now on, when we stay in a place for longer than a couple of weeks, a good grocery store within a 30min drive is a MUST.
Daily power outages
We’ve learned how to avoid them by not having too many things running at once, but that doesn’t make this campground’s faulty power any less irritating. For example, when we want to use the microwave, we have to first turn off the air conditioner in Theo’s room and make sure the dryer isn’t running. If you forget, and too many things are pulling electricity, the entire camper loses power. We know it’s a problem with the campground because we have special equipment to tell us why we lose power when it happens. Also because we haven’t encountered this problem at any other RV park we’ve stayed in with 50amp power.
Poor cell/tv signal
Comes with the territory, I suppose. We are parked in a forest on a tiny island. Hopefully the wind isn’t blowing too hard while your favorite show is on!
It would be really nice to jump in a cool swimming pool on the really thick, hot, humid days.
Okay, that about sums up the past two months on Dauphin Island! You know what I’ve learned? No place is gonna be perfect. There will always be pros and cons, so the best thing to do is always strive to stay on the bright side and appreciate the good things in life, no matter how small. It has been such a pleasure to have this experience and to share it with my little family.
Adam and I have decided to move back to Colorado next summer. We are really excited to be going home. More about all that soon. Stay tuned!