A Week Long Stay-cation

Last week my wife and I each took the entire week off and decided to be a tourist in Northwest Florida.... and boy did we have a blast!

My wife will claim that I have not taken a full Monday-Friday (including the weekend before and after) off since I went to Africa back in 2002.  While I am unsure of her claim... I am certainly not going to challenge it.  After all... I like being married and I like her happy with me. :-)

We both took off last week and declared our week off as a stay-cation!  After all... we are about to embark on yet another crazy season of following my Noles....  so a relaxing week here in Northwest Florida seemed to be just the ticket.

The 'main event' for our week was a trip to Port St. Joe to scallop and then spend the night in Apalachicola.  A friend of ours that is an oyster shucker had told us that scalloping was a lot of fun and we should try it.  We decided to book a trip and try our hand at it.  At the very least we would get to snorkel in St. Joe Bay.  The trip was on Tuesday/Wednesday.  Of course... what do you think happened???  Yep, our scalloping trip was canceled due to the weather... Go Figure! :-)

Regardless.... we had reservations to spend Tuesday night in Apalachicola at the Coombs House Inn so despite a rocking start to our stay-cation trip we plowed forward and muttered angry things under our breath about Jim and Sandra. :-)  It was kinda fun... now I know how you feel!!!

We spent Tuesday AM drving down the coast and out Cape San Blas.  As I mentioned... the weather was quite windy and rainy so we did not get a chance to walk around on Cape San Blas.  We did drive through the state park which was just beautiful!  I really wanted to walk up the beach to point... maybe next year.

As it became apparent that the rain was not going to break we drove from CSB over to Apalach (as the locals call it).  The rain was mainly west and south of Apalch although it was quiet cloudy.  My wife and I were in our swimsuits so we took a chance that we could chance into our sibbys at the inn.  Luckily our room was ready and we changed.

We spent most of the day in Apalch walking around through the various shops.  It has been maybe 15 years since I have been there and both my wife and I loved it.  I can tell you one thing... Apalach is full of characters!!  We met lots of neat folks from the quaint shops to the restuarants.  One thing we did notice is that oysters are more expensive in Apalach than they are in PC and PCB!  Go figure!!

We made a quick trip over to SGI to watch the sunset at the Blue Parrot and then had a fantastic dinner at the Owl Cafe.

Although the Gorrie 'Ice Museum' is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday we paid honor to the inventor of the ice machine and air conditioning.  Could you imagine life without that???

From there we started the track back to PC, but not before stopping and walking  few miles on the beaches at Indian Pass...  I really wanted to go to St. Vincent Island, but we were a little short on time.  From there it was lunch at the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar.  What a great place!!  It was so nice to meet the family that owns it.  They certainly do not need any publicity from me considering Southern Living was stopping by that afternoon and the History Channel is stopping by soon as well!

With a belly full of oysters and shrimp it was time for a trip to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.  Ms. Beverly, published author, is one of my fathful weather watchers so I could not pass up the opportunity to thank her for her dedication and climb the 131 steps to the top!  Once you reach the top it is quite a view!  It is amazing to think that it was 1/4 mile farther out in the Gulf until erosion forced them to move it back!!  Thanks again for your hospitality Ms. Beverly and I hope some of these readers will comes down your way to see what a treat you have there!












The rest of our stay-cation before and after our jaunt to Apalach and back was mainly spent relaxion...  getting some sun, and watching the sunset on the beach just about every night.  The whole week was great just to decompress.  While I was disappointed that we did not get to scallop this time I know I will do it eventually.  I also know we barely scraped the tip of the iceberg of stuff to do here in NWFL.  Kayaking the Econfina and swimming in Blue Springs are both on the short list.  What are your favorite things to do?  What do you recomment I do next stay-cation?

Now that I am back it is time to reason with hurricane season.  While it has been busy so far... let's hope they stay away from here!




Chris Smith
Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV

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