Thursday, March 21, 2013

Winter Sojourn 2013 - Santa Rosa Island and Pensacola

After 4 days, we packed up and headed west again on Route 98, through the “Red Neck Riviera”, Panama City Beach and all the beach towns along the panhandle coast.  What a change from where we had come.  Miles of congested traffic, high rise condos, motels, mini golf, bars, eateries, scooter rentals, retail outlets, beach supply stores, etc. After 30 minutes of driving through this “development on steroids” I had more appreciation for The Forgotten Coast.  There are some nice small towns along Rt 30A like Seagrove, Rosemary Beach, and Watercolor that hug the water, but traffic just crawls at a snails pace.  Miramar Beach, Destin, and Fort Walton Beach are all heavily developed and look no different any other large developed areas in Florida. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Winter Sojourn 2013 - New Smyrna Beach and The Forgotten Coast

After camping for 15 days, it was back to more space and modern conveniences.  At New Smyrna Beach we had a house rented that was right off the beach near the Canaveral National Seashore.  I chose New Smyrna Beach because it was close to Daytona and I wanted to be there during Race Week.  New Smyrna Beach is very developed with lots of mid-rise condo’s all along the beach.