Day one at Fort DeSoto campgrounds had me finally set up by 3 PM. This is a lovely campground but the tent/pop up area has a narrow, one-way, road, with equally narrow and abrupt turn-offs in which to back your camper. Even with two people directing me it was quite an ordeal, and it has occurred to me that getting it out of here just might be as bad, or worse. Guess I’ll worry about that later.
But I was anxious to get out for pictures so I rushed up to North Beach because I could see that the sun would be setting in that direction. On the way I stopped for the first couple of osprey nests I saw, but I soon realized that they were everywhere, and they all were occupied by at least one adult. They certainly didn’t have any protection from the wind up there. And the ranger had told me that there was an eagle nest on the cell tower, you can’t miss it, he said. It wasn’t the natural setting of the eagles I’m used to seeing so I probably won’t be staking this nest out.
With temperatures in the 40s and a brutal wind, it was almost too much, for a Floridian at least. And the waves crashing on the rocks were dramatic, but the tide was coming in and I began to worry that the camera would get splashed. But it didn’t, and neither did I, and the sunset was lovely. And I drove back to the campground never suspecting that I’d discover that when I plugged in the heater, or the charger for the computer, that the plugs weren’t going to work. Lights yes, plugs no. And I must have used my last gasp of propane testing that I had propane, because that heater didn’t work either. So I’m roughing it until I figure it out, and warmer weather is coming, or so they say.