From December 22 – January 19, we stayed at Hanna Park in Jacksonville Beach (except for our 10-day stint back to Idaho to visit friends and family and attend a work conference in Boise). This is easily the nicest County Park I’ve ever seen – well actually it’s a City Park. At $33.81 per night, it’s a pretty darn good deal too. It’s a beach park, with all kinds of amenities and activities. It has miles of bike trails, walking trails, great beaches, playgrounds, a lake, picnic areas, and more. The campground at Hanna Park includes 300 sites set in a wooded area that is easily accessible by paved roads. There’s a camp store with wood, propane, supplies, bike rentals and more. But you can read the brochure for yourself.
Our impressions of this place were very different. Victoria said she found it noisy and not very relaxing. I found it super relaxing and it felt secluded to me. Our site backed up to the woods and we were nice and sheltered. It felt very scenic and comfortable to me. I walked to the beach many times, sometimes for a sunrise, other times just for a breather. I walked to the lake for sunset a few times. I read outside in the morning while Victoria exercised. It was cold a few morning but usually was pretty nice.
The laundry situation wasn’t great. For 300 sites, there’s one laundry with 2 washers and 2 dryers. I don’t know if that’s because the City park doesn’t want to compete with local laundromats or what, but it’s certainly not enough facilities for that many guests. But, there’s a laundromat not far away that worked out pretty well. I did use the showers and they were fine.
Staying longer in Jacksonville was a great experience. We got a chance to make some connections in local recovery groups and UU (Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville). We stayed long enough to start to feel at home. We had a better Christmas holiday than last year – holidays are still hard, but it was better. Before leaving for Idaho, Victoria bought a car and found work with a nanny agency. We talked about changing our arrangement on this crazy adventure we’ve been on. Victoria is going to make Jacksonville our home base, and I’m going to do some more traveling without her. I’ll come back to Jacksonville, together but separate.
Time to get real and share more than washing machine pricing and pictures of food. We learned a lot about ourselves and each other full-time RVing for 4 months. We learned a lot about freedom and what’s important. More about all that in another post. For now suffice it to say that Jacksonville is a coming home. Hannah Park will forever hold a special place in my heart because of the momentous changes which began right here.