Back in August, Diana’s mom was doing well enough that we thought we could possibly spend the winter in Florida. We put a deposit down on a campground in Malabar, Florida. We also purchased two round trip tickets for Diana to fly back and tend to her mom every few weeks. As time wore on, we realized that Mom’s deteriorating condition would require us to stay, so we planned on spending the winter in Michigan. A special thank you to Southwest Airlines for refunding those non-refundable tickets! When her mom passed December 1, there was no longer a need to remain in Michigan. Our friends from Wild Cherry, Rod and Mary, have a home in Melbourne Beach, just across the Indian River from Malabar. Rod had spotted a place he thought we would like better, right on the beach. Problem was, they didn’t take reservations! Well, knowing we had a place in Malabar definitely helped, so we made a dash to get here, in hopes that they still had a spot for us. They did indeed, and our new home for the next few months is Melbourne Beach Mobile Park!
Our first morning was greeted with a beautiful sunrise. The previous 4 days was all driving, so we were ready to sit still. 🙂
Our site is big enough for both of our vehicles; something that is fairly hard to find in Florida…especially near the beach.
The park spans the entire barrier island, from the Atlantic Ocean…
……to the intercoastal waterway known as the Indian River. There is good fishing to be had off of their dock. A1A, the famous coastal highway, divides the beach side of the park from the main portion of the property.
There are plenty of pelicans, cormorants, egrets and heron that frequent this side of the island. It is also a great place to watch a sunset.
We took a walk to the ocean side of the park this morning and strolled the beach. The gentle slope of the sand reminded me a lot of Daytona.
There was a sea bird convention going on along this portion of the beach.
A good portion of these birds were Royal Terns. Diana also took a video of a group of Sanderlings that you can view here. They were very entertaining to watch!
While Melbourne Beach Mobile Park may not be the newest or fanciest park in the area, it appears to be fairly well maintained. We are looking forward to being able to just relax and enjoy the area, along with visiting friends and relatives. Cape Canaveral is just a little ways north of us. The Keys are just a few hours south of here. It is just perfect for what we need right now. 🙂
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