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8.05.2014

Dancing Bears and Beach Bums

We had our favorite house guest this weekend, and the bears went nuts...


We also shot guns, ate ice cream and hamburgers, and showed off Suwannee River and Madison Blue Springs

Then, Sunday we took off to Port St. Joe.  It didn't take much convincing for Scott to get on board, as he'd visited there a couple times for work.  We saw some houses in town (we always stalk through a couple neighborhoods checking things out), and after a quick research on Urbanspoon, ate at the marina.  The fried grouper was amazing and we got a fair amount of food.  Prices were on the heavier side, but ya know.  They pretty much have a captive market.


We learned a little bit of Florida history at the Constitution Convention Museum.  Perhaps the biggest thing we learned there, is that the ranger lady thinks Port St. Joe is part of the Eastern time zone.  It switches to central some where around Apalachiacola.  Either way, the hours for the museum are posted on the door.  They state they are in Eastern time.  We got there during the 12-1pm period that they're supposed to be closed.  But the door opened, so we let ourselves in.  While we didn't stop to read through everything inside, there were some neat artifacts on display.

There's also a wide open grove with a monument outside.  The bugs were thick, but I (we?) found the geocache hidden by the State Parks organization.  I'm gettin' kind of good at this finding tupperware in the woods thing!


This train was also outside of the town hall (I think?) right next to the Museum.
 After the museum, we back tracked a bit, and went to St. Joseph's Peninsula state park.  My little passport book said this is "one of the best beaches in the world."  Pretty big statement to live up to!

The peninsula is quite narrow, so at certain points you can see the sound and the wide open Gulf at the same time.  There is also a lot of kayaking, boating/fishing, and kids splashing around on the sound side.  The ocean side is also pretty active.  However, it's FAR less crowded than St. George Island.  Once you get over the dunes, you can't even HEAR the ocean from the parking lot.


It was crazy to see a storm rolling over the sound side, but miss the Gulf side.
The fact that you can't see any human in this picture is also a big plus for this beach!

While playing in the water, we had some fishes swimming around our feet.  Scott thought they were fun.  I thought they were creepy.  As of right now, neither of us are showing any signs of having caught any flesh-eating bacteria, so YAY!  If we lived closer- say Tallahassee proper, instead of an hour east-  I'd definitely pick this beach over St. George.  But I don't, so the hourish between St. George and St. Joseph's makes for an extra long trip that's not neccesary.  The beach is big enough, and the ocean drowns out other enough that you can still seclude yourself fairly well on St. George. 

On the way home while I was dozing in and out of conciousness, Scott pulled over to take this picture.  Which turned out to be my favorite.  So high-fives sir!


Of course, more pictures are on The Life of Rylee Delilah.

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