The plan for the second day was to head down to the marina and rent a pontoon boat that Chip had reserved. But by the time we got there, the clouds were rolling in along with very gusty winds and the waters were too choppy....and the guys at the marina were kind enough to tell us they couldn't recommend us going out. So we quickly came up with Plan B....Seaside for a day of shopping and eating. I'm pretty sure the women were more eager to do this than the men.
I took as many pictures as I could, while still trying to enjoy the "moments" and eat and shop. If you've never been to Seaside, know that it is just cute. Cute shops, cute food, cute people. I suspect the garbage is even cute. It's a nice break from reality. And if that isn't the definition of vacation, I can't think of a better one.
A kind stranger offered to take this out of focus picture of our group. I labeled everyone so you could see who was who.
This was an extremely fun.....and uber cute day.
It is certainly obvious that these coastal towns thrive on the tourist industry....and so far there are still a lot of tourists. I'm praying the oil disaster comes to an end sooner rather than later and that the damage isn't as horrible as we all fear it will be. The Florida panhandle has to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and when you stop and realize that it could be damaged forever.....it is just beyond gut-wrenching sadness. For now, these beaches are still beautiful.......and I feel so fortunate that we were able to visit this area.