Saturday, 21 January 2012

St. Andrews State Park

I would like to welcome Russ Krecklow.  Welcome and hope I don’t bore you too much.

Today we drove down to St. Andrews State Park which is about 6 miles down the road.  It’s a beautiful park.  They have a campground there which is really nice, woodsy, and basically right on the beach, but they don’t have sewer hook-ups.  And to me, if you’re staying for awhile it’s just a PITA to unhook and drive to the dump every few days.  Not sure if they have 50 amp either.  The beach there is absolutely beautiful, clean, white sand, turquoise water.  But as in just about all beaches in Florida, no dogs allowed.  What a shame, because Jackson would have had a ball running on that beach.  But it only takes one or two bad apples to spoil it for the rest of us.  We walked about 2+ miles on the beach.  Perfect day for it, not too hot, with a slight breeze.  Here are some of the pictures I took.
Hoping to catch a wave

Waiting for just the right wave…
SaintAndrewsBeach #2

SaintAndrewsBeach Sand Dunes

Sand dunes.


We’ve had a couple sad events here.  First about a month ago, the GM who runs the campground had a stroke, he is just 71.  He is still in the hospital undergoing therapy and apparently responding very well,  His right side is still in need of a lot of work though, but they got to him right away and got that shot administered.   He’s a lovely man and I hope he recuperates 100%.  Then 2 days ago, a gentleman (we don’t know him) had a heart attack and passed away, he was just 67.  He apparently had been out washing his rig that day, woke up in the night complaining of a sore shoulder, took an Advil, and sat down in his recliner.  His wife went back to bed and in the morning when she got up he had died.  How awful. 

The weather has been great, much, much warmer than last year when we were here.  On February 1st we’ve been here 2 months.  Now THAT is hard to believe.  Time has flown by. 

We have been doing quite a bit of bike riding.  My rear end is finally getting used to the seat. 

Well until later…take care.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Off to Destin

As we are only 50 miles from Destin, we decided to make a quick trip over there.  We have been checking the weather forecasts and decided that today was going to be a good day.  Until we got up this morning and it was so foggy.  The fog was supposed to burn off around 10:30 or so.  Well it didn’t, but we left anyway hoping it would eventually burn off.  It really never did completely.  We’ll go back again in a few weeks.

It reminds me a little of Myrtle Beach but on a smaller, less glitzy scale.  We had lunch in this great Irish pub called McQuires. I had the beef dip and Ken had fish and chips.  Both were very good, drat should have taken a picture of the food.   What a fascinating place.  There are dollar bills EVERYWHERE, hanging from the ceiling, walls.  Story is that when they first opened the first tip the waiter got he signed it and put up on the wall.  People have been doing it ever since.  They say that there is over 1 million dollars hanging up there.  They also have their own micro brewery there.  I had a glass of one of their brews and it was very good.  And they also brew their own root beer.  We will definitely go back there.

$on the ceilingAgainMicro BreweryMore $ on the ceilingMore $On the wallStill more 

Until later….take care.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A Happy Shopper

I have been a M&M (the candy company) fan for a long time.  Although I do enjoy their candies, it is their merchandise that I love.  Every Christmas time back home the local Wal-Mart have a novelty candy dispenser for sale.  They are different every year.  I have collected them for many years.  The latest dispenser was always delivered by Santa.  When I ran out of place to put them, I told Santa that I had to stop collecting them.  Sob…these are just a few of them…
Coach Potatohotrodjukebox
Well…………!!!!!! imagine my pleasure when the Wal-Mart down here in Panama City Beach had a whole display of M&M.  Oh my, I was in my glory.  So I bought a mug, t-shirt,  nightshirt and keychain.  But today I headed back and picked up the whole set of coffee mugs, another t-shirt and a pair of fleece comfy lounging pants.  I had to drag myself away. 
My HaulMugs
I am now lounging in my very comfy pants.  Hmmmm warm and cozy.

We have had a couple very cold nights.  Last night was the coldest, got down to freezing.  I disconnected from the tap and turned on the utility lights in the bins.  Put water in the fresh water tank and we were good.  Even with the space heaters running during the night I did hear the furnaces kick in, both front and back.  So it was cold out.  But we were lovely and warm.

Paid Five Guys a couple visits since my last blog.  How do they do it?  Their burgers are just so darn good.  Hard to stay away.

We are going to drive down to Destin very soon.  It’s about 60 miles from us here.  We really want to see the town and it’s time for a change of scenery.

Until later then…take care.