Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Grayton Beach State Park

Flag of United States  , Florida
Saturday, February 2, 2013

Our trip on Friday was short and sweet.  We drove about sixty miles and only got "confused" once, that I remember.  Those dang navigation devices apparently never look out the window and see what's actually going on.  We did see our first tulips of the trip.  Just think, in a normal Montana winter, they'd not be showing up until the end of April.  This year, as I hear, not so...  We stopped overnight at Big Lagoon State Park, near Pensacola.  A nice hike on a fairly-well marked trail gave us about three miles of exercise.  It was a bit confusing, but thanks to Runkeeper,  with it's mapping capability, we found our way home.  Out site is enclosed by tall trees and shrubs to the point where one couldn't see the neighbors.  We were just across from the restroom/shower area.  Nice warm facilities they are too.

It got colder than usual last night, down to thirty-eight degrees.  With the space heaters, it stayed above the mid-fifties and later, with the furnace on, it warmed up nicely.  We thought we had already entered the "East Zone", time-wise, so got to bed earlier and up later...or somethin'.  Anyway, we got an early start to our next destination.

Today we had about 120 miles to cover.  We wanted to stay off on the Interstate, so chose an alternate route on the CoPilot navigator.  All was well until we came to the Pensacola Naval Air Station Main Gate... um, er, sir, can we drive through the base??  Um, okay, we'll turn around just ahead.  I would have loved to see the inside of such a place, but...

We were forced to take I-10, but it wasn't bad at all.  Nice smooth road and great scenery enroute.  After about sixty or eighty miles we headed south toward the Gulf and then the problem arose.  We saw the entry to the Mid-Bay Toll Bridge and thought we were in the right place, but...and that's a BIG BUT.  You couldn't get there from here.  We ended up on a dead end street as a government office of some sort.  A supervisor there told Lynn that it had been happening like this for over two years!  We backtracked and took his advice and soon found our way.  The toll bridge charges by the number of axles you have.  It cost us $9.00 to cross the bridge, Trolls not included, if you remember that old story.

Eventually we got to Grayton Beach SP, about thirty miles from Panama City.  It's a great little park and our site opens out to the water.  It's obscured on three sides with a nice trail to the water.  It continues to be warm here and the heat of the southern sun is obvious.  Even though it's just in the low sixties, we're warm enough.  We took a short jaunt through the nearly sixty sites and saw lots of cool rigs and friendly people.  There are lots of folks on bicycles here.  The beach sand is well-compressed, so it would be a good ride.

Tonight we're having Lynn's potato salad, which she made in the parking lot while we were waiting to get our site.  This plus a steak cooked on the Weber Q will round out the meal, along with a green salad.  Roughage is good for you, as my mother probably told me.

Lots of birds here too...  We'll hit the beach trail tomorrow and I'll have more to report.
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Dennis on

Wish we there. Sounds very nice.

photodon on

Looks like a nice place. Never been to the Florida Gulf. Look in' forward to more pix.

ferd on

REALLY nice spot! So happy for you all being able to get together soon! Hugs

Mark Studt on

As a former bridge troll myself, I can appreciate your frustration not being able to get there from here. Enjoy the beach. We wish you both the best.

mike noble on

Nice photos as per usual.....too bad no tour of the base.....I don't think we can access any bases anymore without some reason but I am be wrong on that. I guess an ID might get you into some of them. But no more open bases like prior to 9/11. Slowly but surely we make our way to least no real cold here.

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