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#3305539 - 07/29/13 03:31 PM Destin, FL
moondawg
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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]
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]
JC5810
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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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