Today we are going to Muse about the Florida Panhandle. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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On to Shalimar and More
Have you heard of Shalimar? No? Neither had we. But we have now.
Jeanette was contacted by an old friend from school days. They had not seen each other in more than 40 years. And, the plot thickens. The friend was being joined by a second old friend from 40 years ago. “Wouldn’t it be a fun time for all of us to get together”, said the friend. “I live in Shalimar. It’s an easy drive”, said the friend.
Jeanette said, “I would like to see my friends.”
I asked, “Where is Shalimar?”
It is near Fort Walton Beach, not far from Pensacola. Hmmm! That easy drive is about 585 miles. But you know, of course, we did it. Monday we trekked up state and across, about 9 1/2 hours.
On the way, I got to thinking about my younger brother. He spends time in Mexico Beach, Florida which I thought was somewhere in that part of the state. Perhaps he was there, I thought. I could see him while Jeanette saw her friends.
I gave him a call and, lands yes, he was there! (What did we do before mobile phones?) I had checked before calling and Google told me Mexico Beach was only about 70 miles from Shalimar. That was doable. So I made plans to drive down the next day, Tuesday, while Jeanette was with her people.
And that is what I did.
Google was wrong. It was 105 miles on a two lane road with many, I say, many traffic lights. It took 2 1/2 hours . . . each way. That was after the long haul the day before and before the long haul back the day next. “Easy Drive!” Hmm!
The Florida Panhandle is very different from the Florida Atlantic Coast where we live. It is much more rural and seems to be one long continuous stretch of cheap development. Ticky Tacky. It is a shame because physically the area is beautiful,
but most of it seems to have been exploited with little attention to zoning.
There are some exceptions. One seems to be the Mexico Beach area. The zoning has prevented the exploitive over-development.
Upon returning to Shalimar I joined the ladies for a very pleasant evening of dinner and conversation. The following day we made the drive home.
If you have not been to the Florida Panhandle, I recommend you do so. The beaches are some of the most beautiful I have seen. The sand is fine and white. But be ready for tee-shirt shops, tattoo parlors, fast food places and grinding traffic. There are some special places to check out. Apalachicola comes to mind, as does Wakulla Springs and Pensacola.
more to come
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