We went back to St Andrews State Park for another week (M-F actually) as this is a nice park right on the beach and only two hours drive from the kids in Enterprise. There are three other Florida parks on the beach about the same distance from Enterprise but this one is much larger and the only one where we could reserve four consecutive nights in one campsite.
We were a bit early to check in Monday so stopped at Jazmines Thai Restaurant on Thomas Drive just a mile or so from the park entrance. We ordered two different curries and then shared. Delicious and lots of other veg choices on the menu.
Tuesday started out as car repair day. When we hitched up Monday morning I noticed one of the trailer lights had stopped working. The fault appeared to be in the ‘black box’ that interfaces between the car and trailer light wiring. I ordered one on Amazon but literally one or two minutes later realized I forgot to change the ship-to address to Ami’s house in Enterprise, but it was already too late to change the order. I then called a couple of local RV shops, no one had the same part as Amazon, but one had something I thought would work. We drove in to Panama City to get the part where the counter guy drew us a map to the Old St Andrews neighborhood with a marina, a nice city park and a restored neighborhood street with some interesting shops and restaurants. We walked around sight seeing for awhile then followed his map to downtown Panama City. The Main Street has six or eight blocks of businesses, ending at a big marina and park on St Andrews Bay. We had a great lunch at Ferrucci Ristorante at a table on the sidewalk. Afterward we wandered into a small civic center displaying PC public school students art work. There were some really nice paintings especially considering the artists were high school kids.
Wednesday I started to install the new black box only to quickly realize it wasn’t the correct part after all. I ordered another one from Amazon, carefully checking the alternate shipping address this time, then went back to the RV store to return yesterday’s purchase. They didn’t have the right part but today everything was 50% off so we got $40 of other stuff in return for the $20 part. Since we were in town anyway we went back to the Old St Andrews neighborhood and Hunts Oyster Bar for lunch. This is an old fashioned place where the waitress calls you “darlin'” and there is a huge (and fragrant) mound of oyster shells out back. Reminded us of similar places on the Chesapeake Bay. The oysters were great. If it grows in one place and has to be shelled to be eaten it must be a vegetable, right?
Thursday was cloudy and windy so we mostly chilled around the campsite, reading, writing, a little walking and bike riding. The clouds cleared in the evening so we went to the beach hoping to have a nice walk under the full moon. It looked pretty but was still too windy to enjoy walking.
Friday was a gorgeous day, sunny, 80, low humidity. After breakfast we rode our bikes to the nature trail at the little lake in the park. At one spot on the edge of the lake we were treated to a Yellow Crowned Night Heron fishing right in front of us. Afterward we got packed up and parked the car and trailer at the beach (check out time is 1:00 PM) then walked a mile or so along the beach to Schooners which bills itself as the last local beach bar.
We got back to Enterprise just in time for dinner at Todd’s house. Took the grand kids to the park Saturday and Sunday and generally enjoyed visiting the kids.
Josh (aka Spike Nicer) will be the featured entertainer at Oscars Bar and Grill next Saturday night so is rehearsing in his workshop. It was fun sitting around after dinner with another glass of wine listening.
We are off to Fort Pickens Park in the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola this week. It’s a screaming deal at $10/night with my National Park senior pass.