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Mar 1, 2008 - St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park is a nice park but not quite as nice as Henderson. We had fun on the beach though, tossing the football around, building a huge sandcastle and even trying to fly a kite. The kite didn't want to cooperate but the had fun trying. We stopped at Walmart on the way and picked up some buckets and real sand building tools. A deep moat was dug around the entire castle in hopes that the tide would not get it but it snuck in from behind a couple of times and wiped us out. What a masterpiece we built! A gentleman even took a...

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Feb 23, 2008 - Good By Port Richey

Well every one, all good things must end, today we say adieu to Sun N Fun, off to panama city to mooch Er visit friends, weather is great, mid 70`s every day, eating to much, we will let you know if we get attacked by any crocs, hear the wether is very mmmm snowy back home, Why are we coming back ??? MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. anyways all our best , ttfn J & J

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On The Road Finally

Dec 27, 2007 - Christmas Has Come and Gone

On December 22nd, we spent the afternoon at Tarpon Springs just north of Clearwater. It is an old fishing village settled predominantly by Greeks, and it became known as the "Sponge Capital of the World". We had a very authentic lunch. Judy ordered traditional Greek food, but Bill was more adventurous and had the seafood platter. Unfortunately, he was only able to eat half of his octopus, calamari and smelts! We had a nice walk around the village, and picked up a couple of souvenirs - a vegetarian ivory (palm nut) carving of a manatee for...

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Oct 18, 2007 - Lake Park, GA to Panama City, FL

We took the long and scenic route to Panama City. We went south from Talahassee to the Gulf of Mexico and took the shore road along the gulf. At times, the road was right next to the water, allowing us to see some of the fallout of the hurricanes and the mortgage mess. There were many For Sale signs and the area generally looked depressed. We got about 85% of the way along on our 246 mile trip and noticed the skies were looking quite menacing. We heard on CNN Headline News on Sirius radio that there was a line of storms coming though the...

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Jan 15, 2007 - In Florida

We are now in Florida, still in CST zone. We are at Pine Lake RV Resort in Fountain, FL, 40 miles North of Panama City, FL. We'll be here three days. We made a wise decision to leave TX when we did. We had great weather traveling the last three days. Today reach almost 80 degrees. We took a ride to Panama City to check it out. Nothing going on there, very quiet and most all the places are closed. Guess it's the wrong time of the year. With it being a holiday we thought the beaches would be packed. I took pictures so you could see how few...

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Jan 11, 2007 - moved to Panama City, Florida

We left the Sam's Club parking lot around 11 am and headed for our next campground near Panama City. It's a Florida State Park called St. Andrews. Unfortunately, due to our location in Sam's Club, our GPS guided us through downtown Tallahassee - gruesome traffic! Finally, when we broke out onto the road that took us most of the way to Panama City, we relaxed and enjoyed the scenery. Guess this is Florida's hill country, we felt a few small ups and downs on the roadway and saw more pine trees! We arrived at the State Park and wow, we were...

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Nov 16, 2006 - Destin, FL- white sand beaches

Made it to Destin, FL and stayed at an RV park right on the beach- wow! We got the bikes out and took a tour of the town; watched the surfers and explored the Florida gulf coast.... That night, Jen was the first to notice the blast of light in the distance. A local transformer was malfunctioning and caused the power to go off and on for about 2 hours. It also created a very eerie sound each time it went off. Air force jets were constantly flying overhead, so that did not really help either; it felt like we were on an episode of the x-files....

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Nov 13, 2006 - Panama City Beach,

We are at Camper's Inn in Panama City Beach, Florida. The campground is 300 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. Also, we have access to the Grand Canal at the back of the campground which is home to about 5 alligators. There are supposed to be plenty of fish in the Canal, so you know where I will be spending some time. We stopped at the Florida Welcome Center on the way here and loaded up on pamphlets of things to do and see in Florida. If we do even half of them, we will be here for months. The temperature is 64 degrees right now, but the sun...

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Pinder's On the Road

May 4, 2006 - Vernon 5/4 - 5/11

Another reason we were going there was that PJ's son, Billy, was supposed to come down from Indiana for a big motorcycle rally that weekend. Billy is an expert RV mechanic and Terry was hoping to pick his brain for several things in our RV. Unfortunately, the weather didn't co-operate, so Billy didn't come down. However, PJ's husband, Chance, was also visiting from Maui, so we had a nice visit.

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Apr 17, 2006 - Ah, Sunshine and the beach in Florida

Ah...Florida. The sunshine state,Hurracane state,Toronados,Mosquitoes,Oranges and DisneyWorld, Epcot Center and much more.Take the good with the bad I guess. We set foot at De Funiac Springs in Northern Florida.A beautifull little town, and was a jewel in it's earlier days.The town was named after the rail barron,De Funiac.Who put the railroad through town in the 1800's.Look up the story on the internet, it's very interesting.Here's some photo's of the town. We spent a day at Santa Rosa Beach, 30 miles south of here.My most favorite beach...

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Mar 7, 2006 - spring break

Once we came to the Florida panhandle, we left the expressway and drove along the coast on highway 98. The welcome center served fresh OJ, but it didn't compare to the elixir we've been savoring in Texas. The panhandle advertises itself as the forgotten part of Florida. Well, it's not forgotten anymore. Except for the part of the highway that moved a few miles north of the coast, we drove through a building frenzy. We can't remember the last time we saw so many construction cranes in a row. We are wondering who they think is going to occupy...

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Nov 14, 2005 - On to De Funiak Springs

November 14 - We were on the road by 8:30, seems to be our natural speed at getting organized and going. We followed the #98 highway along the Gulf coast, enjoying the beautiful water/beach views before heading north on the 331 just past Panama City. The next section of the coastline is called the 'Emerald Coast' and this is more aptly named. The water is shallow enough to be green, and the amount (and likely price) of the housing has escalated. There is major shopping all along the highway, where we got almost as far as Destin before...

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