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

Date:  April 9, 2019

Now We’re Home – For the Next Week

We awoke to another iffy day.  The temperature was still in the 70’s, the sky was overcast and the winds were blowing.  No matter we were going to move to our reserved site, an ADA site with a concrete pad and 50 amp.  Sweet!

First, thought was the subject of breakfast.  We had never really set up the kitchen when we got in yesterday so the question was Where to Go?  Well, when all else fails there is always McDonald’s.  Off we went but first we had to stop at the Ranger Station to have our new site number put on our park pass.  We mentioned we were going to McDonald’s and would be back in about an hour.  They replied, We have somewhere even better to go for breakfast!

That is how we ended up here in the village of Keystone Heights.  Boy, were we glad we stopped.


First thing I spotted was this mural on the window.  How nice is this.


Inside there was only one item on the menu that I was going for and that was The Big Clyde.  I must admit up front that this one got the best of me.  Image an omelette the size of a full supper plate along with a heaping order of potatoes.  I cried Uncle halfway through and brought the other half home for tomorrow.

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How about these place mats.  Yes, it was a place for Good Food, Good People, Good Times.


Before and after breakfast I roamed around taking pictures inside.  This is a really neat restaurant.



Only one thing missing and that was of course a turtle!


And this one just made me laugh.


I’m so glad the ranger recommended this restaurant.  It did not disappoint in any way.

Exiting the store we started walking down the block and came across this store which brought us both up short.  What’s the message here?  If you gift is not accepted maybe you need a weapon to defend yourself?  Or maybe, well I just don’t know.  Anyone?


The last time we were in this area we totally overlooked the village of Keystone Heights.  Not this time.   We intend to spend a day just exploring this little village and see what we can find in terms of places to eat, sights to see, and who knows what else.

Time now to head home and move over to our permanent home for the next week.  If we were lucky we would be able to move over and set up before the skies opened up.  It was going to be a race that’s for sure.  Well, we moved, got the jacks down, the slides out, electric and water hooked up and KBOOM the thunder and lightning and rain started.  The storm lasted for about an hour and it was a good one.  Thankfully, no hail this time.


We’re on a dead level concrete pad, we have 50 amp electric, and water with good pressure.  After the storm passed I was able to get the awnings out, tire covers on,  Gertrude hooked up, and our do- dads out front.  Yes, Home Is Where We Park It and this is Home Sweet Home for now.  It’s a great site, would get a 10 instead of a 9 if it had a sewer connection and it’s in a great state park.  For $11 a night, you can’t beat it.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We had a great day and we both were able to accomplish quite a bit.  What more can one ask for.  Night is now here and it is time of course for Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  Oh yea!  Life continues to delight, thank you good Lord.

Thanks again for coming along with us we always enjoy your company.  Time to go, till tomorrow, have a good night.

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. Oh my goodness, 11 items in your breakfast !?!? That does sound alot better than McDonalds. We enjoy getting into the small towns because there is usually one good restaurant and the people are normally very friendly. It looks like you have a nice private site for the week. You may also have the ability to see the rocket if it is launched tomorrow. Enjoy your week at your new location.


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