Final Day in Florida – March 2, 2019

by grace on April 15, 2019

We took our final walk on the beach over to Seaside.

Here’s us, looking almost the same as we did the first day. except for our nice new A30 baseball caps.

it’s funny that there was no name on this banner. or maybe the restaurant is called the shrimp basket?

This was the day before the race they were having that started just outside Seaside, and i’d read that there was going to be some kind of expo on saturday. why did i want to see the expo? i don’t know; maybe because there might have been something interesting there.

there wasn’t. we walked through the town which was much more crowded than we’d ever seen it, but it took a while to find the expo. it was just a bunch of junk, plus loud and crowded. we just walked through and out the other side, and back down the road to our condo. i think this was the warmest day.

the only thing we bought in Seaside was some alcohol – i can’t believe they had wine called Grace, so i had to buy a can even thought it cost seven bucks.

I sat on the beach on last time…

and then, because it was so warm out and because i knew this was my last chance, i went swimming in the ocean. well, not so much swimming, more like standing around and then paddling a little bit. i felt very brave.

one last night, and then we got up early on sunday to get out of town before the runners finished the race and there might be a traffic jam. we left by 8:45, definitely a record.

It was a long first day, and this was the day a big tornado wiped out a little town in Alabama. We didn’t know anything about the tornado til we got to the motel that night, but we were only about 40 miles from it, in Montgomery. It was pouring so hard that Kevin had to stop at a rest area for a while. it’s a good thing iw asn’t driving at the time because i’d have been quietly freaking out.

We made it all the way to Clarksville, so it was a pretty quick drive the next day and we were home around one i think.

the kitties were happy to see us. i emptied out my backpack and les climbed right in.

a while later kevin took this picture of lester.

later in the afternoon both kitties were lying on their tower, and all was peaceful.

the end.

ok then,

mrs. h, mid-april, as maybe spring slowly starts to arrive here…


Friday, March 1st in Florida

by grace on April 11, 2019

Friday started out really rainy, and i watched little birds eating popcorn on our balcony.

But the skies cleared and it was yet another beautiful day. We drove west a bit, past Seaside to the town of Santa Rosa Beach. Santa Rosa was the most like Seagrove Beach, and we found a bunch of artist shops in back of a strip mall.

A man and wife were selling tie-dye stuff but i didn’t found anything that to buy, which is good because i don’t need any more stuff. The man did his tye-dye and was also a minister, and lived in Panama City, which was past Panama City Beach, the touristy area where we’d been on thursday. I think they were from Minnesota or some other even colder than Illinois place.

A sweet kitty was rolling around on the deck and i had to stop and play with her.

we walked to the beach (no barricades here for beach-walking) and it was pretty much like our beach, except we decided ours is better. A lifeguard station was set up because i guess there are more people around although it doesn’t really look like that, does it?

I’d found an Irish pub before we’d headed out that morning, and we stopped there for a lovely lunch. It’s called Johnny McTighe’s Irish pub, and it was divey and cool and I had a shot of Jagermeister. whoo hoo, living it up in Florida! The super-friendly waitress took our picture.

When we got back to Seagrove Beach i went for a great run and it started to rain on me a little, which was perfectly fine.

As I ran i noticed some girls on the beach who were pointing toward the east behind me. i turned around and saw a rainbow!

Nice. I got back and sat on the beach again. I could spend an entire winter there in florida doing that. I’m just saying.

ok then,

mrs. almost through with the florida photos grace.


Thurs. Feb. 28th in Florida

by grace on April 7, 2019

We drove way east on Thursday, all the way to Panama City Beach. We drove past many ugly high-rise hotels and arrived at Pier Park, this great big tacky shopping area.

we went into a couple of stores, but there wasn’t so much we were interested in. we did find some cute lake-related thing in one souvenir shop, but that’s it. we walked across the road to the beach, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. here’s the big entrance to the place.

kevin found some of this don francisco coffee at the publix and bought a lot of it, plus other coffees. here’s our beverage display.

i went running on the beach later; i did a whole lot of running there in florida. because how often am i going to be able to run on the beach? not often.

ok then,

mrs. h.


Wednesday in Seagrove Beach

by grace on April 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th started out with pouring rain.

it was a mellow day, including yet another trip to the grocery store where we danced in the aisle.

the rain let up and kevin historically got his toes wet!

after that he made dinner, also kind of historical. i recorded some of his efforts.

While the chicken baked we stepped out onto the balcony to watch another beautiful sunset.

And then we ate Kevin’s delicious meal, a perfect ending to the day. he’s blurry here because he was moving so fast getting everything ready.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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the rest of Feb. 26th – Rosemary Beach

April 5, 2019

After spending time in deserted Alys Beach, we drove on down the road to Rosemary Beach. i’d read online about a restaurant right on the beach there and hoped we could go there for lunch. Rosemary Beach was bustling, especially compared to Alys Beach. Rosemary was more upscale than our place in Seagrove Beach. it […]

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two more photos of alys beach

April 4, 2019

i can’t believe i forget to post these; this sign was one of the funniest i’ve seen. plus, seriously, you had to shower before going into the fountain? plus only 20 people can go in! ok then, mrs. h.

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February 26th – Alys Beach, FL

April 4, 2019

We drove east from Seagrove Beach, and our first stop was Alys Beach. driving into town, it looked different, with palm trees lining the road. in this video i call it “alys” beach, but it’s actually pronounced “alice.” this little food truck was so uniqute and quite, it’s too bad it wasn’t open for business. […]

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another walk on the beach

March 29, 2019

on monday, our second full day in Florida, kevin and i headed east on the beach after i’d gone on a nice run. i kept taking so many videos, but i’m not going to put many of them up here. This in Monday, February 25th, another beautiful day in paradise. We walked farther than we […]

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evening in florida

March 25, 2019

i went just a bit crazy taking photos of the sunset on Sunday, Feb. 24th but managed to whittle them down to just a few. a friend said “i don’t just want to see beach photos” of our trip, but it’s my favorite thing, so of course there are some photos because i can’t help […]

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getting back to florida…

March 21, 2019

I’ve decided to end the argument with myself about posting the vertical videos of florida that i took. here’s the first one, shot shortly after the one i did in the center of the town of Seaside. and here’s another one, just trying to keep going with the postings since it’s already approaching the end […]

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