Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Traveling North

We left out of Manatee Springs and headed north and this was our view for the day, fog rolled in and blanketed the Big Bend area of Florida. The fog refused to let up so it was a pretty gloomy travel day.

After several hours on the road, it was time to get off it and settle down for the evening. We found a nice little campground right off the highway and right on the water. Here in Florida, we sure have been striking gold with or water front campsites.

We slept in a bit and got started around noonish (as I always say, no place to be and all day to get there). We travelled through north Florida on Hwy 98. The highway pretty much skirts the Gulf of Mexico so the views for the day were much nicer than yesterdays.

We pulled into Apalachicola and decided to stop and look around for a bit. The town is your standard old Florida fishing village. There are several shops, and eateries to explore, and after shopping for a while, hunger started to set in. We stopped by the visitor center to get some ideas for lunch. The nice lady at the visitor center mentioned several good places and I remembered one from a recommendation from another camper at Ceder Key.

Apalachicola is famous for its fresh oysters and Papa Joe's is one of the best places to get them.

We sat ourselves at the bar and let the shucking begin!!! I ordered up a dozen on the half shell and Sheryl satisfied her craving for Oysters Rockefeller with a half dozen. Now these fine folks sure know how to treat their customers, my dozen turned out to be 15 and Sheryl's half was 8, what a great place. The Oysters were fantastic and we can highly recommend Papa Joe's to all our friends who may find themselves in this neck of the woods.
We were able to get a campsite at the Navy Base in Panama City Beach, so we headed that way. We'll be spending a week since neither of us have been there before.

1 comment:

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

You do have a magic touch with finding those waterfront sites, what's your secret?

Very interested in the Panama City Navy Base CG, we've never been there either and it's one of the areas we want to explore.

And don't take any guff from those Navy folks.... ;c)