John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

Jonathon Edwards ST. Park

Near Jupiter FL

Jupiter FL – Jonathon Edwards St Park

This morning we checked the nest and now there are 2 eggs. We’ll already be gone when they hatch, but we’ll watch mama until then. Today we headed towards Jupiter to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. They take in and help injured and abandoned wild animals. If they can be rehabilitated they will be released back in the wild. If not, they are cared for and are in a zoo like environment. The whole sanctuary is funded by donations. They also have a nice nature walk of about a mile. Along the nature walk we saw the largest woodpecker in North America, the Pileated Woodpecker. After a great time at the Sanctuary we headed to the Jupiter Riverwalk. This runs along the Loxahatchee River for a few miles. We walked about a 1 ½ down the river on the riverwalk and then walked back on Highway 1. We stopped at a Cabo Flats a Mexican Restaurant for refreshments and appetizers.
Now we are done hiking for the day, but it’s still early so we took a beach drive on Jupiter Island up to Hobe Sound. The south side has some beach access but the north side is multi million dollar homes. We headed home and took a time-out for a while.
After re-grouping we headed down the road to Blowing Rocks Marina Tiki 52 for a few cocktails and music. Anthony James was playing. A trop rock performer, Dave McKenny was also performing. We met lots of parrotheads and Chicago Sandy got to do a song with Dave.


Jupiter FL – Jonathon Edwards St Park

This morning Magic, John and I relaxed outside having coffee and watching the birds. Now we took a walk around the Pine Grove camping area and stopped at an overlook of the marsh. We saw lots of birds including a beautiful deep red Cardinal and a Scrub Jay. We are investing the park today. Our first stop was the visitors center. We watched a movie about the Loxahatchee River and Trapper Nelsons homestead. Now we hiked the 1 ½ mile Kitching Creek Trail. There was an interpretive brochure we used to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. We relaxed and did some reading at our site. Our mama mockingbird is really guarding her nest tonight. She already attacked a few birds that was too close.


Jupiter FL – Jonathon Edwards St Park

We were up and on the road by 715am. We have about 250 miles to Jonathon Dickerson State Park in Jupiter FL. We got set up in the Pine Grove area. We took a drive around the park but the visitors center was already closed so we will go there tomorrow. While we were sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine we saw a mama mockingbird on a nest with 1 egg right by us. A full moon was rising over our campsite.