Sebastian Inlet State Park by Traveling Robert

We spent a weekend, well almost a weekend, at Sebastian Inlet State Park and these are my impressions of it.

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The State Park

The park is located on the barrier islands, on the east side of the indian river Lagoon. It is one of many man-made inlets in the area. It encompasses both sides of the inlet. The south, where the campground is located in Indian River County. The more popular north side is located in Brevard County.

This park is great if you are into fishing, and there are two catwalks where you can fish from. The one on the north is the longer one, and the most popular. The north side also has a gift shop with a restaurant, and a lagoon which is great for snorkeling.

The south side is much more quiet. The campground is on this side. This side also has a boat ramp.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

I few miles south of the inlet we encounter this historic refuge. It was established back in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, making it the first ever national wildlife preserve. There is a short trail that takes you to a platform where you can see Pelican Island. According to Wikipedia, Pelican Island is home to many nesting birds including brown pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets, reddish egrets, great blue heron, little blue heron, tricolored heron, black-crowned night heron, American white ibis, glossy ibis, double-crested cormorant, anhinga, and American oystercatcher.

McLarty Treasure Museum

The McLarty Treasure museum is one of two treasure museums in the ares, the other one being Mel Fisher’s Treasures in the town of Sebastian. This one illustrates the history of a Spanish fleet that got decimated by a hurricane in 1713. Eleven ship sank that day, of the fleet making its was from Havana to Spain, carrying a treasure of gold, solver, and jewels. The museum displays many of the artifacts rescued from the ships, as well as pictorials and graphics depicting what happened. There’s also a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the general area where the shipwreck took place. There have been many shipwrecks in the this area, hence the name: Treasure Coast.

Sebastian

The city of Sebastian is located on the mainland side of the Indian River Lagoon. This is the closes city if you want to go shopping, or have a variety of dining options. There is a Walmart, and a very nice brewery called Pareidoila. The only negative is that the town is at least 20 minutes away, even though it is right across the lagoon. The closes bridge is almost eight miles south, by Wabasso Beach. You only other dining option is Coppola’s at the historic Sebastian Beach Inn, seven miles north.

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How to Travel With Your Bike by Paul Devault

Whether you are travelling abroad or within your country; for a vacation, a business trip or maybe a cycling vacation, you may prefer to bring your bike along. But you might be wondering: how do I pack it? Can you send it using one the cargo services to your destinations? How much will it cost? Will it arrive safely?

Well, there are different means you can use to transport your bike including bringing it along on your flight or transporting it using cargo services. The various methods present their pros and cons. Well, for the investment you have made to get the Best Mountain Bike under 500 or the Best Mountain Bike Under 1000, you want to ensure your bike is safe.

This article will highlight the different methods to travel with your bike, pros and cons of each method and also give a guide on how to park the bike to enable you travel hassle free and enjoy your bike rides at your destination.

Options available to travel with your bike
  1. Bike Shipping companies

Many bike shipping companies offer a safe and convenient way for you to transport your bike. These companies have a business account with a cargo or shipping company that allow them to offer cheaper prices for shipping as opposed to if you shipped through the cargo company directly. Their range of services includes packing and shipping.

To ship your bike with these companies, you will visit their website and fill out a form detailing where you are coming from and your destination, the type of bike, whether you need packing services and the company will provide you with a cost estimate and the estimated time of delivery.

Bike shipping companies provide an option to ship from a bike shop, a cargo company location or they may arrange to pick up the bike. In the destination location, you can pick up your bike or indicate your preferred location where the bike will be delivered.

  1. Bikes on buses

Different bus companies have varying policies on transporting bikes. While some companies allow you to bring your bike along in the cargo area, others allow only if the bike is packed in a box, while others do not allow bikes at all. Enquire with your bus company to see whether they will allow you to bring along your bike.

  1. Bike on train

When travelling on train, check the company’s provisions for transporting bikes. Find out whether you will need to box the bike or whether they offer walk on and walk up services. With walk on services you will walk the bike to the cargo area while with walk up the station attendants will take it to the cargo car. Most short distance and commuter trains do not allow you to bring your bike on board while most long distance trains do allow.

  1. Bikes on airplanes

Travelling with your bike on a plane is more ideal for international travels. Different airlines have different policies on packaging and pricing when transporting bikes. Generally, you will be required to package the bike and check it as a bike. The price will depend on the weight of the bike and the packaging especially if it exceeds the free allowable luggage weight.

Some airlines provide specifications on bike package dimensions; otherwise you will be charged extra. In some airlines, if your bike is small enough to fit in a small box it will not be charged as a bike but rather will be treated as regular luggage.

  1. Bike on your car

If driving to your destination, you could decide to bring your bike along in your car. There are different ways of transporting the bike. The first option is that you could dismantle the bike and pack it up in a box, a bike bag or a bike case and put it in your boot.

Otherwise, there are different bike carrier systems for cars. The carrier systems include roof racks, truck bed racks, trunk racks and hitch racks. The type of carrier system you choose will depend on factors such as the size and weight of the bike, number of bikes, personal preference and budget.

While roof racks are best suited for tandems, hitch racks are best for heavier bikes since they offer sturdiness and have a low mounting height. Trunk racks and truck bed racks are affordable, easy to install and uninstall and can be easily shared between cars. It is important to pad the bike before mounting it to prevent damages from bike to bike contact or bike to car contact. It is also recommended that you strip the bike accessories before loading it on the rack.

Travelling with your bike is becoming easier and more common than before. The aforementioned are some of the ways you can travel with your bike. When choosing which method is appropriate for you, consider factors such as whether your travel is local or international, safety of each method and costs of each method against your budget. Ensure you inspect your bike for any damages upon arrival at your destination.


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LTRVD Episode 19 – Living Free, the one with mike O’Connor

In this week’s episode I talk about my recent trip to the Sebastian Inlet State Park, and chat with fellow YouTuber and full time RVer Mike O’Connor “Living Free”

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Sebastian Inlet State Park

Last weekend we spent some time at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The highlight of the trip was the most beautiful sunrise, preceded by a very faint new moon moonrise. The park is a great place if you are into fishing or boating. The are also supposed to have very good snorkeling. But we didn’t have much fun there. First the park was very crowded on the weekend. The we got struck by a horrible thunderstorm, and the park lost electrical power and water. We were basically boondocking with an empty water tank.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Preserve

While we were there we also visited Pelican Island NWP, which is very close to the state park. We were the only people there, and the wildlife consisted mostly of very voracious mosquitoes. I think Florida mosquitoes have become immune to deep. The preserve does have the great significance of being the first National Wildlife Preserve, established by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1902.

Mike “Living Free”

In this week’s interview I chat with Mike O’Connor, a YouTube creator and full time traveler. We get his perspective on the freedom of living on the road. His favorite place is Rife Lake, in Washington. He documents his travels with his dog named Sober on his YouTube channel Living Free.

 

 

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LTRVD Episode 18 – Wanderlust Estate

In this episode I interview fellow YouTuber, and nomadic van dweller James Weelock, who goes by the social handle: Wanderlust Estate

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Who is James Wheelock?

James Wheelock is a nomadic van dweller, RVer, and fellow YouTube creator where he goes by the name Wanderlust Estate.  He’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

RV Classes

We discuss the pros and cons about the types of RV he’s driven. The Class A was comfortable inside but he hated having a toad. His current campervan is nimble and stealth but not totally self contained. I think we agreed that for both of us the best compromise would be a wide body Class B for him, and for me even a small Class C.

Favorite part of RV travel

Having the feeling of coming home every time, that you don’t get if you stay at a hotel.

Least favorite part about RV travel

The persistent stigma about full time RVers in society. Also the fact that there is always something breaking no matter the age of you RV.

Workamping and other work on the road

There are plenty of jobs, just not plenty of good paying jobs.  One of the best choices for James had been a ultra temp service.

He’s also done the Sugar Beet Harvest and Amazon Camperforce.

Favorite place: Yellowstone National Park

Overrated place: San Francisco

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Old Videos: Madrid, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley

I know, I have been neglecting the blog a little bit, but here I have a brand new shiny post. If only the content was so brand new.

#TBT

Hashtag TBT stands for Throw Back Thursdays, and for a while now I have been toying with the idea of posting an old videos you’ve probably never seen on Thursdays. I started last week, with the first video of our European Vacation of 2006, freshly edited.

European Vacation 2006 Part 1

This was a fabulous vacation we took back in 2006. Flew to Madrid, Spain, where we rented a car and for 10 days drove way too much and saw way too little, but we certainly covered a lot of ground. Madrid, Paris, the French Riviera, and Barcelona are just a few of the points of interest that we saw.

The Loire Valley

Today I published the second part of our European Vacation 2006. In this installment we crossed the border with France and had lunch at the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. This is in the famous Bordeaux wine producing region. From there we continued towards the Loire Valley, where we visited several of the famous Chateaux.

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Meeting “The Wynns”

Meet the Wynns

They are now somewhere in the Caribbean, sailing the blue waters, but not long ago they were here in South Florida and we got to meet them. I am, of course talking about Nikky and Jason “The Wynns”  Former RVers and now sailors, they have one of the most successful YouTube travel channels. I’ll admit I could relate to the much more back in their RVing days, but it is still very entertaining watching sail around the world particularly the learning process.

The Meetup

I made a quick video about the meetup they had at the Lauder-ale Brewery, and here’s a video of that.

LTRVD Episode 17 – Your feedback – Great American Eclipse

In this episode I read your emails and talk about some of the best places to watch the Great America Eclipse of 2017.

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Videos this week

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#TBT Throw back Thursday to our European Vacation of 11 years ago. That was an epic road trip.

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On Sunday I will publish a new video, this one about Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach (this will not be available until Sunday, July 16.

Lion Country Safari
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LTRVD Episode 16 – A New Era and a Visit to Palm Beach

In this week’s installment, I reveal the news that I no longer have a “day job” and I talk about our recent RV trip to West Palm Beach.

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Self Employed

Well, as I hinted before, I no longer have my “day job”. I am going to dedicate 100% of my time to the podcast and my YouTube Channel. I will definitely be taking a pay cut, but I’ll be able to grow my media business at a much faster pace. As I leaned from John Huggins, the secret is multiple sources of revenue. I have the YouTube channel, which has been a hobby for almost a decade, and only about 3 years ago, it started showing promise. Then came the podcast, and I am eternally grateful to John Huggins for thinking of me when he decided to retire from it.

Then, I also have my music. As you probably know I compose the music for all my YouTube videos. Most of that music is for sale everywhere music is sold or streamed. While I’m not getting rich any time soon, it does make a little money. I also have physical CDs for sale, a double CD set with 30 tunes for $12.99. I also sell stickers for $5, and a CD/sticker combo for 15.99. FreeinmyRV.com is the place to get those. So the idea is to increase the number of videos per week, the length of the podcast, and maybe start offering more valuable content by having guests regularly. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Lion Country Safari

I am also going to talk about our recent trip to West Palm Beach. We stayed at the West Palm Beach / Lion Country Safari KOA. Very well maintained campground right next to the Lion Country Safari. Sometimes you could hear the Lions’ road from the campground. If you are not familiar Lion Country Safari is basically a zoo, but with the peculiarity that the animals roam free as you drive through the park. The do insist that you keep the car windows closed as some wildlife like the ostriches and the rhinoceros can be dangerous. The lions are behind a fence just in case. Very cool park, lots of animals to be seen especially if you arrive when they open at 9:30am, when it is not too hot yet.

Peanut Island

We also visited West Palm Beach. Many viewers and listeners had recommended we visit Peanut Island, just north of Palm Beach, at Riviera Beach. Besides the beach, the camping, snorkeling and many more things to do, the island was the site of a cold war era bunker for John F. Kennedy. It was built during the Cuban missile crisis during the course of two weeks, to take the president to safety during a nuclear attack. The even tried to build a tunnel from Kennedy’s estate to the island but it collapsed, so they had to settle for speedboat or helicopter. The place is totally cool as is the tour of the historic Coast Guard Station. Visit before November, because after that date the maritime museum will relinquish the site to Palm Beach county and nobody really knows what’s going to happen to the place.

John F. Kennedy Bunker, Peanut Island
West Palm Beach

We also visited downtown West Palm Beach and had lunch a very trendy place called Avocado Grill. They had very loud house music with a conga player and a trombone player playing over it. The food and the beer selection were very good.

Palm Beach

We also visited the historic and iconic The Breakers Hotel, which is practically a symbol of Palm Beach. The hotel was founded by Henry Flagler himself in 1896, although the original structure burned to the ground twice. The current palatial building dates back to 1926. We also drove around the exclusive oceanfront residential neighborhoods. As the day came to an end we drove by the famous Mar-a-Lago Club, where President Trump stays often. There were two demonstrations, one in favor, one against Trump. Check out the video of this trip this coming Sunday at YouTube.com/TravelingRobert

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