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Nov 25, 2011 - Chillin' on the Panhandle

This week has brought some change to Camping on the Gulf. With the coming of Thanksgiving there have been many new arrivals including lots of children. The place has been much livelier this week. Thanksgiving day featured a pot luck dinner where the campground provided turkey and ham for more than 200 guests. As with everything here, the affair was very well run and the food was very good. We are nearing the end of our beachfront stay! On Tuesday we'll pack up the See Ya and head for our winter domecile back in Dunedin. It hasn't been the...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Miami no go

We had planned to go to Miami for a few days this week but I came down with this horrible sickness which was diagnosed as vertigo. This put the kibosh on our plans although we did manage to cancel one of the hotels without being charged so that was a blessing. We still plan to go to St Augustine for a few days and we pick a car up today from Columbus GA airport. All going well we should be going to the coast tomorrow and back on Tuesday. We will see if and how I drive this morning. Like Robin said, its good that this happened at home in...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Lazy Hazy Days on the Beach

It's about 400 miles from Tampa to Destin, FL on the Gulf. That makes it a two-day trip for us with a stop in Lake City overnight. We arrived at the Camping on the Gulf RV Resort on December 1 and were escorted to our site just one row of RVs removed from the beach. That's Sue's definition of heaven! We have been here a couple of weeks so far. The weather ranges from chilly to almost hot with wind on most days. The sand is white and the beach affords both a sunrise and sunset view each day. We are mostly sticking around the campground with...

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Nov 14, 2011 - Last day in the condo

We had to dust off the medical kit last night. You can't take me anywhere. I was preparing fajitas and was just thinking how wonderful the sharp knives were when I managed to slice a big v-shaped chunk out of my middle finger. Ouch! It's been 24 hrs now and it is still throbbing. What an idiot I am. Not quite a trip to the ER but it makes you realise how careful you need to be wherever you are. We're off out to eat in a mo but just wanted to update the blog with some nice photos of Ray and I walking on the beach. Check out the jelly fish....

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Nov 13, 2011 - Stinky's Inn!!

Day 2 in the Florida Condo and we had an hour or so in the sun by the pool although it was a bit windy, the sun was still hot and we got a little red or at least I did as the attached photo's show! Ang and I went for a little walk in the afternoon and in the end did a 4 mile wander to Miss Lucille's Gossip Parlour where Ang had a huge coffee ice cream and I tried a root beer - not bad at all. In the evening we went out for dinner to the amusingly named Stinky's which was a seafood restaurant. The waitress knew the whole menu and seemed to...

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Nov 11, 2011 - Down down down to Destin

We brave 4 have started on a nice little road trip from Columbus to the Hewitt palace in Destin Florida to have a nice little 4 day break. This meant travelling through 3 states which sounds much longer than it actually is, we travelled from Georgia to Alabama in about 5 minutes and travelled through to Florida and the sun shone all the way. We stopped off for a Wendy's (well we had to seeing as you can't get them in the UK any more) and then to the Florida information centre where we got a nice free glass of orange juice and a few photo's...

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Aug 22, 2011 - New Orleans Day 3 then on to Destin,FL

Hi everyone: Well one more day in this unusual and interesting city. If there is one negative point about New Orleans is it is a bit dirty and Bourbon Street can also be a bit smelly. You would think they would take the time to clean in up bfore the toursits get out there but I guess with the fact they continue to get a large number of daily visitors, they must feel they don't have to do anytihng about the dirt and smells. Unfortunately we did not get time to visit the Ninth Ward, scene of the flooding devastation after Katrina. Four years...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Arriving for the First Day!

It's the 31st, everyone, and things are looking good. My family and I actually left yesterday, from Houston. We drove a grimacing 7 hours to Biloxi, Mississippi. But while I was traveling, things seemed..odd..let me explain what happened yesterday. If you can see 3 road hitchhikers, 1 guy in a fairy costume, and A LOT of trees, then you know you're in Louisiana! Driving through this green sea almost made me want to DIE from BOREDOM! Although, you might admire the view of clouds, which can be turned into the Cloud Game. This was one of the...

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Apr 8, 2011 - A full month on the road

We are officially in our second month on the road with almost all of it spent in Florida. Well that is about to end as we are on our way to Alabama this morning.Actually it will be our second visit to 'Bama as we stopped at Collins and Scott's house in Dothan early on. We had another spectacular day yesterday. Went to a beautiful State park up the road, Eden's Garden. What views and a mansion too. Then we walked around Seaside which is very cool indeed. It is a planned community on the gulf like non you have ever seen. Homes and cottages of...

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Apr 6, 2011 - One of my all time faves

Not sure how I am going to edit the many pics we took today. We are in Santa Rosa beach, just east of Destin Fl. There are less than a handful of places that I personally feel are my favorites. Destin is one. We are staying in an outstanding state campground, Grayton Beach State Park. Very nice secluded sites. We have a lake water view with the beach walking distance away. We had lunch overlooking Destin harbor. Very nice indeed. Pictures of the camp ground and Destin. Enjoy!!

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Feb 20, 2011 - along the coast

If there's one thing the Florida panhandle has in plentitude, it's coastline. In many areas barrier islands, inlets and bays double what looks on the map like one strip of beach. We drove west to explore part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which preserves some of the barrier island real estate. The park conserves chunks of seashore, but is not one coherent piece of land. In some cases the water interrupts the park; in others a town or condo development interrupts a tract of the natural. The park extends into Mississippi and protects...

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Feb 19, 2011 - bring on the gumbo

The Mardi Gras traditions and Cajun/Creole cooking that we associate with New Orleans, is a vibrant presence here in the Florida panhandle. The TV news here originates in Mobile, AL, which claims to be the first city to celebrate Mardi Gras in the US. Four different parades took place there this weekend. We were tempted to go, but after two weeks attending the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, we might just have enough. Instead we went to a gumbo festival here to get ourselves in the mood. Gumbo is a soupy, stewy delight that has a variety of...

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