Sunday, September 23, 2012

This time - really home again!

On our last few moments at the beach we took a picture of us....

We had our toes near the water and our chairs in the was good day all around.....

A view from our "spot" on the beach

And all is well....we got up early and got out of the condo around 9:15 - then of course we got all bamboozled by mapquest and the lady on the GPS and it took us 30 mins to get the hell our of dodge! Somehow we got stuck on the back roads to St Louis!!! It was a heck of a drive until we got into Alabama and stopped for lunch - then we got ourselves situated and on to an interstate. At that point we felt like we were flying! The three of decided we are going back to Destin and staying at the same place.....anyone care to join us next time????

Home again, home again

Let's see - where did I leave off? Oh - I I was laying on beach on Wednesday I overheard this cute, young couple next to me talking about going some place that was playing live music that evening. I asked them what was going on and they said "Go to Baystown - they have live music free every Weds night" They said it's a cute litte place with lots of shops and restaurants. So I got directions for us and we went! Of course, not without our usual driving back and forth at least twice because we were lost - but we made it! And what cute little town it was!

There was a fountain in the square with these sayings 
all around it - here's one that I thought was
very profound!

A picture of the town

The band playing

Patrice and Marge waiting for the music

Marge and I doing the same

The restaurant where we had dinner and boy oh
boy was it  a good one! We had grouper 3 ways - P had 
blacked, Marge grilled and me good ole' fried!

Another view of the town

Watching the sunset as we ate our dinner....

Town square

I'm thinking this is the penthouse - too bad
the tree is in the way - it was mightly
fine lookin'

So that was our night at Baystown....I would highly recommend it if anyone is ever down that way.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A day in pictures

Since we didn't plan to stay all day we didn't bring all of "stuff" just lived on the edge with nothing but towels and a selected beverage

Lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise
this was a cheeseburger and fries
as you can see if was very, very good
                                                       What's left of a chicken salad-
then it was off to Winn Dixie to buy our provisions for the week....

our Darling kitchen

Our DARLING living room

a few shot from our balcony - take that sidewalk past the building in the middle and your at the pool. walk past that and your at the ocean....

the gazebo where we gather for drinks in the evening with our new friends

another balcony shot.

Patrice and Marge ready to go to the beach

the beach

P after a few....

ready to go out to dinner

dinner time.....
more pic and tales of our time to follow

Saturday, September 15, 2012

on the road again

What started as a cluster continued for many, many miles.... OK - so we left St Louis around 7:30 - who cares that we are running a little behind schedule? The coffee was hot, the car was a rental and rode as smooth as silk - we were starting the journey. Prior to leaving St Louis P asked me to print out a mapquest. She said she had a GPS so we would be all set. I eyeballed the map the that quest came up with and thought - OK OK - go to Memphis and turn on the GPS - I can get us to Memphis and let the GPS do the rest. We were off in a flurry of laughter. Let the stories begin! We talked and laughed and talked and laughed as we sailed the highway. At about 10:30 in the morning I saw the big, giant sign WELCOME TO MISSOURI. Missouri??? Either that sign is wrong or somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn. I pulled onto the shoulder and said "hand me that GPS" (we tried using it at the start of the trip but my two cohearts in crime said they were technically challenged and couldn't figure it out). So I program the lady and thus begins the back road trip to Destin. It took us a few hours to get here but we made memories! At one point as were we meandering through yet another small town in God only knows what state Patrice said "well, at least we can be thankful there isn't a man traveling with us"
I said "Sweet Mother if there the car would have been turned around and we be back in St Louis with the vac kay over!"
We marched on - going further and further into the hinterlands.
Marge said "When I travel I print out my mapquest and put right up by me as I drive"
I said "Yea and you thought we were leaving tomorrow"
Marge said Do we even have a map? I said "No we have the lady"
Thank God we all have a good sense of humor! Somewhere in Alabama we took at potty stop and as I was waiting outside for the girls I struck up a conversation with another women standing there. "Do you know how far it is to Florida?" I said. She looked at me and said "Florida - I have no idea - we are going to blah blah town here in Alabama" I said "Oh and where are you from?" She said "Michigan" I said so when did you guys leave Michigan?" She said "at 5 O'clock this morning" I said "Really- we left St Louis at 7:30 - you left Michigan at 5 and here we meet at a gas station in Alabama.....I think we were lost a whole lot longer that we thought we were!".

Well long story short - WE MADE IT! Now we are inching to find a map so we can see how in the hotel we got here!

p.s. on a side note - our place is just darling - pictures to follow later today......