Friday, 2/17/12 to Sunday, 2/19/12
For the past three days we have been at Grayton Beach State Park in site 46. It's in the new section of the campground right across from the restroom/bathhouse/laundry (2 washers, 2 dryers). This side of the campground opened last year. Some of the sites are concrete and some are gravel. Some are very level, some not so. Our site is gravel and somewhat level. We can get some local channels on our digital converter box and we were able to get a satellite signal. We back up into the lagoon off Western lake.
We have been pretty busy since we got here. We drove into Destin twice and shopped at the outlets. We had lunch at McQuire's Irish Pub. They have a million one dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and walls with names of the contributors on many of them.
We drove over to Henderson Beach State Park. It is a very nice park and we may stay there sometime. Many of the sites back up to the water. The beach is only a short walk. There are restrooms/bathhouses and laundry in each loop. Some of the sites are concrete pads, many are pull-throughs. It is in a good location, across 98 from the Go Cart Track. Very near restaurants and lots of shopping.
We ate several lunches at the Seagrove Market, grouper sandwiches of course.
We drove down to Alys Beach near Rosemary Beach. The structures are very white and very Arabian and very different from most of the beach houses on the panhandle. We drove through Watercolor looking for Cliff Gottwal's lot. We didn't find it. We took several bike rides and Sunday, a very chilly and windy day, we took our chairs down to the beach and sat for a while, watching the biggest waves we have ever seen.
Three days at Grayton Beach State Park was a very relaxing way to end our winter trip. We stopped at Goatfeathers Seafood Market and had them steam shrimp for our dinner and bought additional fresh shrimp and grouper for us to take home. Tomorrow, we head back to Hoover and back to life as we know it. Until March 4, when we head to Jacksonville, FL for our SELD get together.