Panama City Beach – Day 4

As The Carpenters once sang, “rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Unfortunately, today we had both of those things. It seems as if the rain has been pretty relentless since yesterday morning. This has made going to the beach next to impossible since we arrived in Florida. The waters of the gulf have been very choppy as well and there have been riptide warnings.

We made the best of this rainy Monday and found some other activities to do. Eating was among those things. We all ventured out to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen here in Panama City. Unfortunately, the food was not very good, and it was overpriced. Her restaurant in Savannah, Georgia is much better.

Tonight’s homemade taco dinner was very tasty. My sister-in-law, Alice, even prepared some ground beef for me without taco seasoning. I am lucky to be surrounded by such a great family. Hopefully, at some point the rain stops and we can spend some time in the water. If not, we’ll just have to eat more tacos!

Day 3 – Montgomery

We woke up in Montgomery, Alabama yesterday morning and decided to just head the rest of the way to Florida. After having driven over 800 miles, we were all ready to be out of the car for a week. We had originally planned to do some sightseeing, but that can wait for another time.

So, we loaded up our Honda CR-V and set out yet again. Just outside of Montgomery, we spotted an outdoor market that had fresh fruits, vegetables, pies, bread, eggs, and all other kinds of goods. They even had some free-range chickens that were roaming the grounds. Baby Boy had fun chasing the chickens around. Fortunately, none of them were peckish. After a short break at the market we were once again on our way.

We finally reached Panama City Beach at around three yesterday afternoon. We had a late lunch at a place on the beach and then headed to join family at our rental house near the beach. It was nice to feel the breeze blowing up from the gulf. It looks like Tropical Storm Claudette has moved on, at least for the most part, although the waters of the gulf were extremely choppy today.

After settling in we decided to go and get some groceries for the week. This was quite an ordeal. I am not one who enjoys shopping, even when the market is empty. We went to two separate stores and both were packed with fellow vacationers. It almost seemed as if everyone was preparing for a disaster to strike.

Being from Northwest, Illinois, I am used to seeing people flood into the stores before an impending snowstorm to grab, milk, bread, and other staples. However, this experience was much different. It was nothing like I had ever seen. I think I’ll steer clear of the checkout lines and just spend the rest of my time at the beach with a good book.

Never again will I do this.

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