Monday, December 9, 2013

Panama City Beach, FL - 12/09/13

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Monday – December 9, 2013
Panama City Beach, Florida
St. Andrew State Park

Sunday was overcast all day with a few rain showers in the morning, here at Gunter Hill COE Campground near Montgomery, Alabama. However, the temperature was a balmy 65 degrees. We felt quite fortunate to be here in this warmer weather compared to the 20 degree weather we would be enduring if we were back home in Chicago.

We departed Gunter Hill at 10:35 a.m. This is my birthday today, so we will celebrate it while in-route to Panama City Beach, Florida.

We arrived at St. Andrews State Park at 4:00 p.m. We did not have reservations, but a phone call two hours earlier in the day, confirmed they had plenty of campsites available. Upon check-in, I requested campsite #40. Fortunately, it was available for our two-night stay. We had checked out this campsite during our stay here in March 2013. It is one of the better campsites, providing a fair amount of privacy and a great view of the waterfront. This is a very scenic campground overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. However, as we have seen in our many visits to other Florida State Parks, the campsites are densely populated throughout the campground, offering very little privacy between campsites. We generally avoid these types of campgrounds, but we are meeting with family members who live in Panama City Beach, and this area provides a convenient meeting location.

We will meet my son, his wife and my 13 year-old grandson for dinner tomorrow night. It will be quite a celebration! We will be celebrating three birthdays in December: My son’s on the 1st, mine on the 9th, and Sharon’s on the 12th.

We no sooner got settled into our campsite when the rain started around 6:30 p.m. It is supposed to last until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. We just can’t catch a break with all of this rain that followed us through Tennessee and Alabama. We did hit some sunshine as we left Alabama and entered Florida, but then the rain clouds started rolling in. At least the temperature here is in the high 70’s.

St. Andrew SP Camping Fee: $31.22 per day including taxes.

Total miles traveled today: 211

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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