Friday, January 6, 2012

Flashback: 2004 Trip to St. Joe State Park

In January 2004, we spent a couple days in a rustic cabin at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, just a few miles north of where we drove on the beach last week. Being back there again in the winter reminded me of how the white sand looks like snow - though of course this was diminished this visit by the 70 degree weather! The upper end of the peninsula has big sand dunes (not present at Cape San Blas). They are reportedly some of the highest in the US.

When we visited in 2004, the weather was cold with day time temps in the 40s. Climbing up and over the sand dunes to get to the beach in our winter jackets made me do a double take - in that kind of winter mindset the sand really looks like snow:

Here is a view of the dunes from the beach. I love that you can see my foot prints, though it definitely looks less like snow from this angle. 

Look how little a 5 and 1/2 year old T was! 

 We saw lots of wildlife at the park, including this buck (above) and doe (below), who were just wandering in and near the road near the park entrance on our arrival.

Another great feature of the park is access to beautiful sunrises and sunsets - here is the sunrise over the bay:

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 227-1327
Camping/Cabin Reservations

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