Sunday morning we woke up, packed our things, and ate a quick breakfast in the RV before making our way west. Our Airbnb host, Tom, showed us an RV he was renovating to replace the Yellow Submarine. Compared to where we had spent the previous two nights, this was a mansion! If only we were making our way through at a later date…
We ignored the GPS and took the scenic route north–back toward Jacksonville on route A1A. For the first time on our trip, the sun made its way out from behind the clouds. It was a great day for a road trip! We stopped at South Ponte Verda Beach for a little while to enjoy the great weather and beautiful views. There were signs about whale sightings, but we were only able to see a pelican riding the waves.
We continued on A1A until we reached Jacksonville and then hopped on I-10 towards Alabama. We intended to stop at Florida Caverns State Park; however, it was damaged by Hurricane Michael in October and was closed for cleanup efforts. Another great option, if the weather would have been warmer, would have been a float down the Ichetucknee River in Ichetucknee Springs State Park. You can rent tubes/rafts, diving equipment, and snorkels and float down the river. You might even see MANATEES!! Unfortunately, given that it was March, it was too cold for river floating.
As we made our way toward Tallahassee, our stomachs started to rumble and we were ready for lunch. We stopped at Lichgate on High Road. Dr. Laura Jepsen, an English professor from Florida State University, purchased the grounds in 1956 in order to preserve the enormous Live Oak at the center. Following her death, her friends and students created a not-for-profit to continue to maintain the area in her memory. On the property, there is a small cottage, gardens and a labyrinth built by Jepsen. There are also picnic tables and lots of shade, which made it a great stop for lunch. Good thing we brought our cooler! Tip** There is a small sign on the side of the road marking the entrance to Lichgate. It’s very easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled.
After lunch, we hopped back in the car. Next stop, the graffiti bridge in Pensacola! Although there wasn’t much going on around it (except for lots of traffic…), the graffiti was beautiful and it was a great stop to stretch our legs. At this point, we had a couple of different options. Since we had already been on the road for about seven hours, we decided to just head straight to the Airbnb (don’t worry we didn’t skip anything! We just put it on the schedule for the next day!). As a bonus, we were now on Central Time. Yay for an extra hour!
Because of our stop in Pensacola, the GPS took us on some back roads through eastern Alabama. We’re talking “see nothing for miles” backroads. Just as we were starting to think we were lost, we finally made it to our stop in Daphne, Alabama. Since we had decided to stay in
We unpacked, laid on the bed exhausted for an hour, and headed to dinner. Thankfully, our host suggested a spot as we were too hungry and tired to make decisions. We ate dinner at Fish River Grill, a local hot spot. Although quite greasy, the food hit the spot after a long day on the road. On the drive back to Daphne, I spotted a medical museum. Add that to the list for tomorrow!