Riding Out Irene
Aug 24, 2011
We are now hold up in St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Florida until Hurricane Irene passes the Florida/Georgia State Line heading North. All is well here and we hope it is the same with you. We are having a problem loading pictures on to the Travel Journal but as soon as it is resolved we'll add a few to this last entry and let you know. We should be home by Monday. Take care for now, Mary and Joe
HERE WE GO- WE'RE BACK ON - LINE
After a minor glitch in the Journal Program we are back on line from St. Andrews State Park at Panama City Beach, Florida. Without a doubt, this is one of the best places to ride out a Hurricane that is roaring up our East Coast.
We arrived here yesterday morning and we met by our Camp Hosts- Jim and Colleen, Kona and Mulligan – at the entrance gate mind you. Nothing like having friends in high places. Thanks to them, we got a great spot right next to them overlooking the Panama City Lagoon. I must say, this place is SPECTACULAR.We just never knoew this area of Flrida was so appealing. There are No mountains and No valleys and No geysers but just miles and miles of the most beautiful white sugar sand beaches in the world. Oh yes, don’t let me forget to mention the clear blue skies and gentle Gulf breezes. We’ll be here for the next four days as it is difficult to drive though the winds from the “feeder bands” of a CAT 3- 4 Hurricane that is 300 miles wide and only 150 miles off the East Coast. Even if our home in Palm Beach County does not get a direct hit, we’re still staying here utill Saturday as it would be very hard to leave this place without giving it a major a “look see”.
On our first day we got right to the best sport there is around here - boating over to Shell Island where everyone got to get in a refreshing swim. Along the trip there were dolphin watching tours as they are all over the place. WE puuled into a sheltered cove on the North side of the island and after a short 100 yeard wlak acoss some of the whitests and softest sand in Florida we were in the turquise blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the best thing was we were the only ones there!
On our second day here we all went to the Marriott Bay Pointe Resort where Jim and Colleen are summer members and we all took advantage of their fantastic Spa. Jim and I hit the gym and hot tub while the girls got massages, and champagne, hot pools and more champagne and then we all did lunch while the girls had lunch and yes ……more champagne! Later that evening, we ate in our Hosts Motorhome and got to watch America’s Got Talent Semi-Final Results.
Today we took a 3 mile walk along the bay, inlet and out to the huge rock jetty that gives Panama City Bay its access to the Gulf of Mexico. Since I cannot properly describe the near perfect conditions of the sand, water, sky and marine life so I’ll just let the pictures do it for me. Tomorrow we plan to do some more boating, crabbing, fishing and swimming with the all the boys! We hope to do one more entry tomorrow evening so please……STAY TUNED!