July 6th, 2009
Woke by 9am, but got downstairs too late for the continental breakfast. Ate breakfast at the Chick-fil-a in Covington, LA.
We left Covington in the pouring rain! It was seriously, stop on the side of the road (we didn’t) kind of rain. Which probably explains why I ran over a tree top that had snapped off and blown onto the highway. This went on for about 30 minutes of driving rain travelling between 10 and 20 mph.
Before we knew it, we were finally out of Louisiana and in Mississippi. There is an awesome bridge in Mississippi that I wish I had a picture of.
We blinked our eyes and less than 100 miles later we are in Alabama.
Alabama was notable for the tunnel in Mobile and the U.S.S. Alabama, visible from the highway.
We hit Florida by 2:30PM and Ft. Walton Beach by 3:30PM via exit 56!
Checked into the Gulf Dunes complex (#406) which was pretty nice – didn’t know what to expect beyond 1980’s style furniture!
We didn’t bother to unpack, except for swimsuits and hit the beach.
The sand is everything that we’ve been told…talcum powder by the dunes and sugar by the water. It was great! Water was very clear but had little green algae looking organisms in the water that gave it a really green tint.
We play on the beach until after dark 30. We are starving at this point and try Fudpuckers but there is a 1 hour wait (there is always a 1 hour wait) so we head up the highway and find Floyd’s. We ordered anything that sounded good off the menu:
- Coco Loco Shrimp (sweet)
- Kicker Shrimp (spicy)
- Corn and Shrimp Chowder
- Tuna Rolls
- Shrimp Rolls
- Emerald Coast (adult beverage)
- Raspberry Daiquiri's
- Miller Light
- Chicken Fingers (of course)
We then hit Publix, a grocery store chain, and bought groceries for the week ($200 – ouch!).