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#3305539 - 07/29/13 03:31 PM Destin, FL
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I had the pleasure of staying in Destin, FL with my wife and some of her friends this past weekend. Some highlights/lowlights:

There is less traffic at night. Especially overnight. We left our house on Wednesday around 9pm...we were "supposed" to leave around 6:00-7:00ish. I started to just wait and leave the next day (Thursday) during the day. My wife reasoned that it would worth the extra day if we left after work. We could take turns driving, and take a nap once we got to Destin.

It was pretty neat driving on a moonlit night. I like moonlit nights. Hence my name. \:D

Rural Alabama is pretty country. It was dark, so vision was limited, but...looked like a lot of foothills in Alabama. Add the nighttime fog, and it almost looked like mountains.

I'm almost convinced most of Mississippi is rural. Probably 90% rural.

Everyone has a preconceived notion about Florida. Everyone thinks of beaches and Disney World when you mention Florida. I got to travel route 189 in the north part of Florida. I noticed although it's mostly flat, it's definitely rural. I'd be willing to bet anything about Hwy 90 or I-10 is just as country as cornbread. As country as a wooden screen door. You get the idea. Probably some good 'ol regular folks in that area. They probably like to hunt and fish just as much as we do here in TN.

Destin is like the Gatlinburg of Florida. Sure, the beaches are great. Lots of good places to eat. Lots of places for shopping. There's even a Bass Pro/World Wide Sportsman there. Just like Gatlinburg, there's the main strip (Emerald Coast Hwy/Hwy 98), and traffic can be awful. But if you're willing to go off the main drag, you can find other stuff to do that's just as cool. Like visiting state parks...there's several in the area. I rented a kayak for a fraction what I would've rented at the main drag. No it wasn't on beach or the Gulf, it was in the Choctawhatchee Bay. Still good enough for me.

There were a lot of Alabama license plates in Destin. Also a lot of Alabama Crimson Tide fans. And a lot of Gator fans. And even a few Vols fans...key word: few. \:D

You can't go to the beach and NOT want to try saltwater fishing. The company I was with (two women and 3 teenage boys) just didn't understand this concept. I went in the mornings and the evenings while there. Didn't catch anything, but got a few bites.

Women in bikins. Just stating the obvious. \:D

All in all, my wife and I had a decent time. We went to Pensacola Beach on the way back and had a great time. We love PCB!




Edited by moondawg (07/29/13 03:38 PM)
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#3305547 - 07/29/13 03:44 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: moondawg]
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Also:

You've heard of The Salt Life? It's pretty big merchandise in Florida. Maybe it should be changed to the Sand Life. Because sand gets EVERYWHERE. In your shoes. On your skin. In places you should'nt have sand.

It does NOT take long to get a sunburn at the beach.
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#3305550 - 07/29/13 03:45 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: moondawg]
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We used to drag fighters out of Eglin AFB which is in Destin. Every time we were down there we had a blast! Really great people, outstanding food and a real good time. As a CA boy I met an Alabama girl and it changed my life
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#3305619 - 07/29/13 04:31 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: JC5810]
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Our family loves Destin, we go almost every fall. Will be heading down 2nd week in September can't wait.
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#3305709 - 07/29/13 05:54 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: WGK]
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love all of it ! been once already this year going again in Oct.
If you missed the boathouse oyster bar in Destin Harbor you missed a real treat !Go at least once a year , fishing and golfing are both outstanding .

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#3305719 - 07/29/13 06:00 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: SALTMAN]
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Not a fan of Destin. My mother lives in Sand Destin and going down there about 4 times year isn't fun. After the summer crowd leaves the snow birds arrive. Guess I've been there too many times, started going there in the mid-60's
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#3305734 - 07/29/13 06:11 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: A.Hall]
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W normally go every summer but with the youngest working all summer and lots of projects at work......no Destin this year \:\(
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#3305764 - 07/29/13 06:51 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Kimber45]
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Fort Morgan alabama beach lover here!
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#3305803 - 07/29/13 07:25 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: muddyboots]
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We go there every year the second week in May just before the rates double. We have a blast. I can't wait to go back. One week is not enough time to do all of the things I want to do.
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#3305837 - 07/29/13 07:51 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Model70Man]
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We were in Panama City Beach last week. You're right about a lot of Florida. I took a motorcycle ride east to St. Marks then north towards Tallahasee. There were times when I was in the middle of nowhere especially if I wasn't in one of the beach towns. What surprised me was the fact that I saw twice as many bear crossing signs as I did deer crossing signs. I never saw a bear or a deer but I did see my first wild gator.
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#3305841 - 07/29/13 07:54 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Model70Man]
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I wouldn't mind going there again...preferrably before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
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#3305844 - 07/29/13 08:00 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: moondawg]
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Most of FL is backwoods and FL Crackers.... How do I know this.... \:\) The road still in front of my parents place is dirt/sand..... \:\) You can drive a few miles from the beaches and travel US 1 on the East Coast.... Nothing but backwoods.... Great post and very true.... Lots of pines and sticks.

The only difference in FL and TN... We don't marry our cousins.... \:D


Edited by gator-n-buck (07/29/13 08:01 PM)

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#3305895 - 07/29/13 08:35 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: gator-n-buck]
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We came back Sunday from Fort Walton which is 5 miles max from Destin. We drove to Destin 3 nights (2 for dinner and 1 for shakes). When we left we went thru Destin because my kids wanted to ride the go carts. Ended up at the mall too and wasn't impressed by the Bass Pro. The traffic in Destin is nuts.
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#3305905 - 07/29/13 08:43 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Big Gun]
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We love to go eat at the "original" Dewey Destin. That place looks like anything but a restaurant. Cool place! And my wife loves the lobster at the "light house"
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#3305993 - 07/29/13 09:58 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: WGK]
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 Originally Posted By: WGK
We love to go eat at the "original" Dewey Destin. That place looks like anything but a restaurant. Cool place! And my wife loves the lobster at the "light house"

We went to Dewey Destin one of the nights and it was an hour wait a d the kids were starving so we left. Ate at Harbor Docks, AJ's, The Angler, and the Crab Trap.
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#3306005 - 07/29/13 10:14 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
 Originally Posted By: WGK
We love to go eat at the "original" Dewey Destin. That place looks like anything but a restaurant. Cool place! And my wife loves the lobster at the "light house"

We went to Dewey Destin one of the nights and it was an hour wait a d the kids were starving so we left. Ate at Harbor Docks, AJ's, The Angler, and the Crab Trap.


I liked the Crab Trap. I got the bronzed Grouper. I liked it! Pompano Joe's was also good.

And you're right. Traffic was nuts, especially Thursday evening.


Edited by moondawg (07/29/13 10:14 PM)
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#3306012 - 07/29/13 10:19 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: gator-n-buck]
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 Originally Posted By: gator-n-buck
Most of FL is backwoods and FL Crackers.... How do I know this.... \:\) The road still in front of my parents place is dirt/sand..... \:\) You can drive a few miles from the beaches and travel US 1 on the East Coast.... Nothing but backwoods.... Great post and very true.... Lots of pines and sticks.

The only difference in FL and TN... We don't marry our cousins.... \:D


For the longest time, my Grandmother's family had a farm just outside of Jacksonville. I remember there was a paved road to a certain point, and then it was either dirt or gravel, I don't remember. Lots of open pine trees around the place. Some of my fondest memories are from there.

I knew once we started seeing more of the open pine forests, we were close to Florida.

As for marrying cousins...that's in MS. 3rd cousins are ok in TN, though. \:D
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#3306020 - 07/29/13 10:30 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: moondawg]
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Florida is a southern state that is flipped upside down. The further south you go in Florida, the more north you get and the more Yankees you run into. North Florida is pretty rural with country folks. When we went to Newberry, FL back in February for the ASA archery shoot, I was dreading having to contend with the Florida whooplah, but was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't mind living in that part of Florida.
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#3306025 - 07/29/13 10:36 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: Crow Terminator]
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 Originally Posted By: Crow Terminator
Florida is a southern state that is flipped upside down. The further south you go in Florida, the more north you get and the more Yankees you run into. North Florida is pretty rural with country folks. When we went to Newberry, FL back in February for the ASA archery shoot, I was dreading having to contend with the Florida whooplah, but was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't mind living in that part of Florida.


Very true. I was pleasantly surprised as well. It seemed more like Alabama than Florida. Like you, I wouldn't living in the North Panhandle.
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#3306053 - 07/29/13 11:47 PM Re: Destin, FL [Re: WGK]
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 Originally Posted By: WGK
Our family loves Destin, we go almost every fall. Will be heading down 2nd week in September can't wait.


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