Of course, when I am in the area I have to visit St. Joe State Park. I got there on March 11 and was there for 5 nights.
On my initial drive into the park, I saw a sign that said “Smoke/Fog ahead”. I quickly realized that they were doing a prescribed burn. When I drove thru with my RV, I saw a flames and a lot of smoke. I was a bit worried that my smoke detector would go off, but it didn’t. I set up my RV and rode my bike back, but by the time I got back most of the flames were further away. You can just make out the flames in the picture below.
Like in most places I have visited recently, while there I biked and walked. St. Joe is known for it’s sand dunes and white sand beach. Like St. George, St. Joe is not very crowded. On my morning walks (about 4 miles round trip), I would see very few,if any, people.
The picture above is a picture of my footprints in the sand.
On my walk I saw a few areas they had blocked off for nesting birds. I am guessing it was for the Snowy Plover. It looks like the one below has been banded.
Below is a picture of me enjoying the beach --
While there, I made some Sloppy Joes. I am trying to get back into healthy eating and this recipe is a great find! It came from the Skinnytaste blog. (skinnytaste blog link) She has some very good recipes that I have used. While making these, I chopped a Green Pepper and then was cutting the Red Pepper, when I found something interesting. I found another pepper growing within the red pepper.
A shot of my open faced Sloppy Joe is below. Note the spinach under the sloppy joe filling. I would have never thought of this, but it is really good!
If you looked at the recipe you may have noticed that it calls for Turkey sausage. I typically use Jimmy Dean’s Turkey crumbles, but while I was in Utah last year I discovered a grocery store with great Italian chicken sausage. I froze a few packages of it and used the last of it in these sloppy joes. Yumm!!!! A great thing about this recipe is I eat it for a few meals, but the rest freezes really well!
From here, I headed back to Georgia stopping first at Crooked River State Park. Believe it or not, I am up to date as I am currently at Crooked River State Park.