Home Is Where We Park It:  Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Date:  April 8, 2019

Travel Day

When I woke this morning it was another warm morning.   Perhaps a pool day?  Definitely an A/C day.  Then everything changed when I scanned the weather report.  What I was seeing for tomorrow was not good.  100% chance of rain.  Strong winds.  Thunder and lightening.  Time to get back on the road and head north away from this impending weather.

Now less you think I’m over reacting consider this.  A week before we arrived in Coccoa, this area suffered through a severe hail storm that damaged cars, boats and RV’s alike.  Knowing this I figured it was better to play it safe.

We were in no rush, however, since it would be only a three-hour trip.   Time first for breakfast.  Again one of my favorites.  Cheese potatoes, fried spam,  orange juice and a specialty coffee.  OK, time to pack and put things away and get on the road.  As in the past I had the outside and Barbara had the inside.  She definitely did a better job than I did and I explain why in a minute.

The plan was simple enough.  Pack, put things in order, get on the road and arrive and get set up at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park before it began to rain there.  It almost worked to a T.  

By noontime we were on the road.  Had to stop first for fuel.  Then to hook up the car.  Now we ready to roll and so we did.  We went north on I 95 which was almost void of traffic and then turned off and took local roads to the park.  We had intermittent showers all along our route but nothing more.

In due time we were at the park entrance.  This is a stock photo since for the time being I am without a camera.  This is a Florida State Park we had stayed at previously  and gave a thumbs up to.  It only has 30 amp and water but the sites are level and separated.  The price is also right, only $11 per day!

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One of Florida’s first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was developed on a 600-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s.  The initial property was donated by Martin J. “Mike” Roess (pronounced “Race“) hence the park is named in his memory.

We came here knowing that our reservation was for tomorrow and that our site would not be available until then.  The park ranger gave us a pull thru for tonight.  Tomorrow we move to our regular home for the next week.  Move we shall for the site we have reserved is a dead level concrete pad with the bath house immediately behind.

Remember I said earlier that Barbara did a better job of packing up then I did?  When I went to hook up the water hose to the water bib I immediately realized that I had left our water pressure regulator at Joy RV Park.  My good one.  My adjustable one.  Ouch!  Thankfully, I always keep a spare simple one that is fixed at 40 pounds.  OK.  Time to order a replacement adjustable one.

Now about the weather.  We pulled in to our temporary home for the night and it began to drizzle, then it began to rain, then it began to pour and I mean pour.  Thankfully, it lasted no more than an hour and the sun came out again.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  It was an easy trip and I only made one wrong turn.  Imagine that, only one.  I’m improving.  We’re here, settled in for the night and looking forward to a good night’s sleep.  Once again we enjoyed the day since we again did it our way, hand in hand, singing our song, side by side,

Thanks for joining us again on our journey.  We always enjoy your company.  Till tomorrow and who knows what we will get into.  Hope you’ll be around to find out.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road


  1. That sounds like a nice park and the fact that you returned it must be. Wrong turns are part of traveling and leaving things behind is a part of camping. Been there, done that. Enjoy your time there.


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