The sky blackened with ferocious-looking thunderclouds and just as we arrived at the park, a torrential downpour hit. The first thing we saw upon entering the park were wild pigs running across the road. Vegetation was dense and seemed freakishly oversized - flowers on the trees were HUGE and the sounds of birds and who-knows-what else were tropical and eerie. There was almost no one else there, so needless to say between the rain and the pigs and the rainforest environment, we were a little freaked out! The place reminded us of the island in the TV show LOST.
|Freakishly huge blossom|
A nice ranger manned the entrance, which made us feel better because there was at least someone else there and she seemed very normal - not like a serial killer pretending to be a park ranger. We set up at our site and before long, the rain stopped and we went to explore the park.
It turned out to be a very new park with good, flat spaces with nice privacy between them - not that it mattered since no one else was there! Then we found a couple of large pavilions bordering a beautiful lagoon, so we spent a lovely afternoon relaxing there. Within an hour we felt a whole lot better about the place.
|One of the pavilions by the lagoon|
The park had excellent laundry facilities - new, clean and large with great big folding tables - and use of the laundry was free! That was a first! There is also a water park and research facilities, but they weren't open during our short stay. I think on a sunny day when the water park is open, Palmetto Island would be a happening place!
This park is very different, but in retrospect we have to say that it was really cool and I hope a lot of RVers and campers are discovering it. I think kids would love it!
|View across the lagoon to another pavilion where some guys were fishing|
|Recovering from our harrowing drive into the bayou. Total serenity and relaxation.|