Friday, May 21, 2010
Panama City Beach...Oh My!
Along the way we passed lots of farms-corn, squash, vegetables, nuts, avocados-workers were picking tomatoes in huge fields. There are lots of very large cattle farms in Florida and we also passed several thoroughbred racing operations...some even had regulation tracks on the premises! The many, varied sights throughout the drive kept our interest for both days.
After we got set up at Raccoon River RV park in Panama City Beach we walked down a lane to the rear of the park, across a street, and we were on the most beautiful beach either of us have ever seen. We walked on the beach for a bit then came back and changed our stay from one night to two...gotta love the flexibility of retirement!
This morning we went to the beach and spent two hours in the water and then some time on the beach watching the Bluntnose Stingrays...oh yeah. The water is clear, no big seaweed or kelp beds like at beaches in other parts of the country. It was also a perfect temperature, not even a bracing chill when we first went in. We had been told that unusually large numbers of stingrays have been seen for the past week. The first group that we saw swam within a couple of feet of me; Rich was standing on the beach and saw them approaching so I yelled "Grab the camera, get some pictures!" You know me, fearless whenever faced with a photo opp.