Even though our navigation device wanted us to go up to I-10, then to I-75 south to Tampa, we elected to travel all the way from Panama City to Palmetto (south of Tampa) via US-98, all along the 'Forgotten Coast' of Florida. We've seen our share of Florida 'tacky', but also lovely beaches, interesting little towns, lovely homes. Almost no traffic all the way, just slowing down for the towns. Looks like a lovely, quiet place to enjoy the water, poke in funky little shops (especially in towns like Apalachicola and Carrabelle), buy/eat tons of fresh - seafood. Anywhere from Mexico Beach around to Panacea, we saw any number of great-looking communities and stretches of beach where we decided we could be happy. There's one, St. Joseph Spit, where you drive off the mainland (where it looks like Florida's elbow) and on to bridges/islands about 25 miles out. Florida has a state park there - how cool it would be to spend time there?? We stopped and bought some grouper (enough for 2 meals for us), huge shrimp, oysters - yum! Can't wait to cook some. We'll arrive at Dan's cousin's house tonight, in Palmetto. Thursday, we're running back up to Tampa to a RV place there for something Dan wants to add to the camper. From there, on to Naples for a night or two. Thinking about everyone back home - they're to get up to 15 inches of snow tonight. We're in shirt sleeves and sandals, and not missing the snow and cold weather!
February 2, 2011 - in Palmetto, Florida at Roxanne and Robert's house
Lovely weather today - we woke up to a nice breeze coming through the windows! Dan and I went on a bike ride to a natural area on the water. Came back after riding about 5 miles, all sweaty and windblown.
We're having a feast with the fresh shrimp we bought yesterday. Yumm!
|mangroves at Emerson Point|
|view of Tampa Bay from Emerson Point|
|Osprey's nest from viewing tower|
|stream through the mangroves|
|sailing on a pretty day|
|view of Tampa Bay|
|path at Emerson Point|
|the view ahead of me on my bike!|