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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beaching at Atlantic Beach

The latest Phaeton tour started in the hills of northwest Alabama, then on to the quiet shores of Lake Seminole in southern Georgia and then onto the beaches of the east coast of Florida.  The spring tour of 2011 continues. 

We are located at Jacksonville, Florida most closely located to Mayport, Florida along the beach of the Kathryn Hanna Park.  The visit is a bit nostalgic for me as I spent 18 months here during my last years in the U. S. Navy.  Jacksonville has always been a thriving city and continues to prosper during the recent recession and prior recessions.

Kathryn Hanna Park is owned and operated by the City of Jacksonville.  The park is along the shore of Atlantic Beach.  We are only about a 1/4 mile walk or drive to the beach.  The park is set amongst the palms and live oaks native to the area offering abundant shade and cool breezes from the beach.  The sites are not necessarily conducive to big rigs but  the park accommodated our 42 ft. rig with some tight turns.  The price is good and of course the access to the beach is not to be beaten for the dollar.  The beach is dog friendly if leashed.  We of course challenged the rules this evening and Bailey romped along the shallows. 
All sites in the park include full hook up except some do not offer 50 amp electric service.  I would advise anyone visiting with a rig over 30 ft. to bring a saw for the palm fronds.  The sites are sand and not level.  The park offers a store, shower facilities and a friendly staff.  The beach is always at quick access.  A short walk or drive will take you to the long Atlantic and Jacksonville Beaches with miles of good sand and Atlantic Ocean.  While the beaches are busy on weekends, most week days a few souls can be found and an early evening walks will find you almost along.  We always enjoy taking Bailey out for a beach run. 

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The sea lanes travel across Atlantic Beach with both civilian and military ships passing your way.  A good pair of binoculars helps get a good view of the ships.  Air traffic is typically Navy and Marine helicopters.  While at Kathryn Hanna Park you have the best with seclude sites and quick access to wonderful beaches. 

So folks, get off the couch and gas up the RV or auto and make  your way to norther Florida for fun in the sun without the oppressive heat of July and August.  See you soon

Happy trails,
Barry, Denise, Bailey and Bella

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