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Feb 15, 2015 - Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

2/15 -2/17/15 (2 nights) We left Ho Hum RV Park 8:30 am to go to our next stopping place…Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We stopped at Johnny’s Diner in Callaway around 10:30 am for breakfast/lunch. It seemed like a good place to stop…lots of cars in the parking lot…food was just ok. We arrived at Topsail around 11:30 am and checked in for 2 nights. What a pretty park…concrete pads, shade, landscape, and lot of bike/walking trails. Once we settled in, I took a walk to the park store to look around…no groceries, just...

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Mar 8, 2014 - TopSail Hill Preserve SP, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

We spent spring break at TopSail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Of all the parks we have camped at, this one is in the top three. The park is located off Highway 30A just south of Highway 98. It is in the panhandle of Florida. The campsites are level with landscaping that provides privacy. The beach is unspoiled and undeveloped. It is not crowed either. There are three rare fresh water dune lakes in the park too. The campground is about a half mile inland from the beach. A paved road leads from the campground to the beach...

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2014-2016 Travels

Nov 1, 2013 - Emerald Coast of Florida

Sugar sand beaches, lucious oysters and plump shrimp await the travelor who explores the Gulf coast of Northern Florida. Another great Florida state park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is 1,640-acres located in Santa Rosa Beach, ten miles east of Destin, off U.S. 98, in northwestern Florida. I was pleasantly surprised by the pristine beach...more than 3 miles of dunes were blooming with wildflowers. I was hoping for a good shelling beach, but this was not to be. The sand made a barking sound as you walked to the waterline. The water was...

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Gulliver's Travels

Oct 15, 2013 - Santa Rosa Beach, Fl

We got to the beach Sunday, and have been enjoying getting our toes in the Florida sands. We are at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, which is as nice a park as any we have been in. Full hook ups, wifi, cable tv, and paved large sites. They have a tram that takes you to the beach, no cars allowed, which insures a fantastic beach, without a lot of folks, and no highrises. We were lucky to get a pull-thru space, booked solid most of the time. My only complaint is that the entrance is not marked real well, so I turned too soon, and found...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Depart: Tampa, Florida Arrive: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida Campground: Topsail Hill Preserve Left Tampa early this morning in a rain from a tropical storm named Karen that is out in the gulf of Mexico. The drive was a very scenic bi-way through northern Florida and across to the gulf shores. Part of the drive was through beautiful green rolling hills with many large horse farms, with the requisite white painted fences. Beautiful properties. We had lunch at a pretty little picnic site on the side on the Suwanee River. There was a sign there...

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Feb 17, 2013 - from heaven to..........

We reluctantly packed up to move on from New Orleans this morning although we both feel there is so much more to do and see here. The RV park is located right beside the canal between Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi River. This morning we watched as a huge barge slid past making its way through the locks to the river. There were fellow campers fishing off our little dock and we could have paddled our kayak right out the canal to the lake just a couple of blocks away. Unfortunately it was about 7C so we decided that would be for our...

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May 13, 2012 - Topsail Hill Preserve

Sunday morning we hitched up and bid our farewells to St George Isalnd until next time. We had a great time! We turned our rig west and traveled about 100 miles to Santa Rosa Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park near Destin, FL. Our travel day was uneventful.....just the way we like them! We checked in and got settle in our site. I must say the campground at Topsail is one of the nicest and best maintained of any campground we have stayed in......but.....our site was so narrow we could hardly get out of the truck. There was a tree...

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SILVER TRAILS

Feb 21, 2012 - Last day at Top Sail

Feb 21, 2012 Last day at Top Sail Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States We leave tomorrow for a small rv park about 90 miles east on the gulf. The 4 days the Mechesney's spent with us were wonderful, lots of laughter (and wine), and excursions in this area. But the best times were when we were awed by the gulf. As I said before, whitest sand I've ever seen. And an emerald hue to the ocean. Very striking. I don't think any of our photos can do it justice. Before I go on I must say that Top Sail State Park is a must for anyone in this...

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Feb 15, 2012 - Mechesneys arrive

Feb 15, 2012 - Mechesneys arrive Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States Our good friends, Hugh and Carol, arrived today from visiting daughter, Emily and boyfriend David Jones. They met up with them in Fort Pierce, north of Miami. It was one of those "meet the bf's Mom" trips. Great to see them drive up. We traveled with them to Puerto Rico last March (it was much warmer there and the ocean was of a swimable temp). 4 people in the rondo is a bit tight but very workable. (Hint to any future visitors). Waited around for the RV fix-it guy...

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Feb 14, 2012 - Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2012 Happy Valentine’s Day Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States So we were looking forward to a leisurely day of doing not much of anything – maybe a bike ride to the beach and exploring the campground. Also planned mundane tasks of laundry, and cleaning up the camper as we anticipate guests in the next couple of days. Woke up to rain. No big deal we were warm, dry and snug inside the camper. That is until I stepped in a puddle of water as I made my toast. Further investigation and we found that our water heater was leaking. I...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Grayton Beach State Park

We have been camping at Grayton Beach State Park since Tuesday. The day after we arrived, the rain moved in. Looking out of our windows at the bleak skies, we were disappointed. We were eager to see the beach. Situated on Santa Rosa Island, the coastline here is known for its pristine, white shores. We used to call rain “liquid sunshine” when we camped with our young sons years ago. We were often in tents that tended to drip from condensation during inclement weather, and later in our pop-up trailer, water would pool on the perimeter of the...

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Oct 20, 2011 - Finally back in Florida

We are finally back in Florida. Staying at Topsail Hill Preserve at Santa Rosa Beach. Beautiful park and 50% off for FL seniors. All sites are paved, full hook-ups, and they even have cable. They also have a tram that runs every 2 hours out to the beach. It is only .7 of a mile so I might walk out this afternoon. Still haven't had any stone crab, which I am dying for, so we are going to a seafood restaurant tonight.

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