The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
It was a beautiful drive along the gulf coast from Port St. Joe to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Along the way are glimpses of beach and pine forests and not much else. Driving this route, you can really tell why this part of Florida is called the Forgotten Coast.
Our first stop was the little marina and store on the bayside of the peninsula. We got a drink and few snacks for our lunch and enjoyed watching the fishermen while we ate. Then it was off to explore more of the park. We saw the kayak launch area on the bay and the beautiful beach with high sandy dunes. The water in the bay was super clear with shades of blue and turquoise. We chose a spot on a small bridge that connected the marsh to the bay. Rick was able to fish and I was able to paint the view in the opposite direction.
While I was painting, Rick caught several redfish and ladyfish, but the biggest red got away! (isn’t that the story of every fisherman?!) I also saw my second bobcat of the tour! At first glance I thought it was a large german shepherd crossing the road, but it was definitely a bobcat – a big one too! I started to take a photo, then a truck came around the bend and chased him off into the woods. But I did get a photo of the snake who swam up to check me out!
This is a very pretty park with plenty to do. Kayaking the bay would be great way to spend the day, or you could just relax on the beach. Fishing and painting was fun too!
For more information about this park, visit their website