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Old 08-02-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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This time of year my preference is to go north or to the mountains. We have committed for a week to meet family at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Florida. It is on Cape San Blas. The beach goes for about 5 miles uninterrupted. It is a beautiful area, but it is going to be hot. The grand kids will love the beach and bicycle riding. The grand kids are all college age now. We are fortunate to get to spend time with them.

Did I mention that you almost can't get there from here. It is in a remote area not serviced by any major highways from North to South. It looks like at least a 7 hour drive, I know this sounds a little gloomy, but it should be a fun week. The Apalachicola oysters are some of the best, and the great seafood along that section of the coast is also some of the best. Then I have a great book by David McCollough about the history of the Panama Canal that is already packed. Hopefully, pictures will be posted.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:29 PM   #2
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I, too, prefer the mountains but as Ed Abbey once said, "... the best of all sauces is hunger." Good seafood and an interesting book make for a favorable destination in spite of a long slog. Photos of fine cuisine also provide further evidence of the good life Airstreaming can provide!

Good eating and good reading - not a bad summer combo.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:14 AM   #3
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the bright side

Tn Traveler,

Look on the bright side....

you already live in the mountains, this time of year the mountains are crowded.

summer in Florida is the off season, no crowds. Nice ocean breezes.

We have been to St, Josephs twice recently. Great place, and as you pointed out, great food near by.

Family, food, fun, road trip.

Have a great time.
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I'm a big fan of St Joseph State Park. And you'll be there during scallop season which is another huge plus. I like the Indian Pass Raw Bar at the old gas station about 1/3 of the way to Apalachicola. Boss Seafood in town also has good oysters. Be sure to visit Gorrie Musuem in town to learn about invention of modern AC. Have fun. I'll be back there for Labor Day weekend.
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Thanks, Jeff. The McCullough book has been on the shelf for awhile waiting for time to read.

John, we are blessed to have a cabin in the North GA mountains at about 3000' elevation. It is in an isolated spot with no air conditioning, and none is needed. So, we can go there often. However, the kids like the beach, and we will be dropping off a grand daughter at FSU to start her sophomore year.

Then it will be football time at Mississippi State where a grand son is on the team. My season tickets will be arriving next week. Reservations are already made at the campground for all home games. We have 4 grand children that attend 4 different colleges. We are getting spread out.
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I'm a big fan of St Joseph State Park. And you'll be there during scallop season which is another huge plus. I like the Indian Pass Raw Bar at the old gas station about 1/3 of the way to Apalachicola. Boss Seafood in town also has good oysters. Be sure to visit Gorrie Musuem in town to learn about invention of modern AC. Have fun. I'll be back there for Labor Day weekend.
Hey Jarrod,

Thanks for the tips. I have been to Boss Oyster. Haven't tried Indian Pass Raw Bar. That will be a definite stop. I was in Steinhatchee during scallop season. The boats were so thick you could almost step from one to another. Bay scallops are small, but sweet.
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If you are going to spend time on the Gulf Coast in August, your destination is certainly a premier pick! I spent a few summer weeks in Gulf Shores, Alabama, many moons ago, and being on the water made all the difference. Have a great trip!

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Sounds like a great trip! Any trip with family especially when a beach is involved is going to be fun
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St. Joe State Park is one of my favorites...used to go after the scallops and redfish in St. Joe Bay in high school and college (Go 'Noles!), now pull my AS through there for several days/year despite living in Idaho. The access roads to it are great, and you have the choice of two campgrounds..the interior one more shaded (i.e., more mosquito infested and further from the beach, the other close to the beach but more sun exposed. Both of them are great, although your 25' AS will need some time to fit into a number of sites. So make sure you google the campgrounds and pick the right sites. Mexico Beach (on the way from the west) is an interesting place, and Apalachicola (and St. George Island) are great places to spend time. Safe travels. jon
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Thanks, Jeff. The McCullough book has been on the shelf for awhile waiting for time to read.

John, we are blessed to have a cabin in the North GA mountains at about 3000' elevation. It is in an isolated spot with no air conditioning, and none is needed. So, we can go there often. However, the kids like the beach, and we will be dropping off a grand daughter at FSU to start her sophomore year.

Then it will be football time at Mississippi State where a grand son is on the team. My season tickets will be arriving next week. Reservations are already made at the campground for all home games. We have 4 grand children that attend 4 different colleges. We are getting spread out.

Thanks for your post neighbor. We live in Cloudland, a few miles to the south on Lookout Mountain and love Panhandle destinations once it gets cooler. Mostly from Orange Beach to Seagrove, but will put St. Joe on our list based on the recommendations given. Sounds like you have some great grandkids. Yellow Jacket here so prefer the MS Bulldogs to the local variety. Have a great trip!
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Hi TN Traveler, I'm a new member, I'm FL Native and your neighbor about 70 miles north in Sparta, TN. LOL You will be heading to "my neck of the woods" when you go to St Joe in the FL Panhandle. Although I now live in TN, I plan to spend 6 mths here in the summer and 6 mths in the St Joe/Mex Beach area starting in Oct. Can't complain in this life because I will have the best of both worlds Your family is in for very relaxing vacation on the prettiest, most pristine beaches along the Gulf. You will have plenty of time to relax, read and eat some great seafood. I agree with Jarrod, Indian Pass Raw Bar is a fantastic little stop in the road and is "old Florida"; friendly people, great steamed shrimp, and local music on the porch late in the afternoon. You're probably going to find that scalloping season is closed this year so the little fellas can get a rest and reproduce. Not a popular decision by the State of Fla, but a necessary one for future scalloping. Safe travels and eat some steamed shrimp for me
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Neighbors, indeed, David and FLNative. My truck was ordered from Bobby Lawler at Ed Rogers Chevrolet in Smithville. My 2 sons are Florida natives as I went to college at Winter Park, FL. We kept a boat at Orange Beach for 9 years until the storms drove us away.

You guys have figured it out. Living in Tennessee while traveling around is a good thing.
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Jon, I have a little connection to Idaho. In the '60s I worked for GA-Pacific when headquartered in Portland, OR. In the '70s my employment was with Boise Cascade Corp head quartered in Boise, ID. Too little time was left to see the beautiful country of yours on my visits to home office. That should be taken care of over the next few years.

It's a long way from Gulf County, FL to Idaho.
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Here's an update on the trip so far. Pictures are of the main street and a church in Eufala, AL. One is of the Li'l Darlin' hitched up in the drive, packed, and ready. The others are at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Cape San Blas, FL. We are camped in the palms just behind the dune line. The beach is pristine powder white sand, and goes for miles. The scarlet tanager photo was shot with telephoto lense. By the way, the stakes visible in one of the beach pics mark a turtle egg nest. The tanager seems to have lost detail due to the down sizing of the photo.

The building storm clouds in the beach picture later really howled and dumped on us. The weather looks pretty dismal the rest of the week. We will decide Tuesday if we will stay here.
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