Summer in December

Thought it was about time I wrote one of these, as Megan has been carrying this blog so far, and it was my idea to do a blog over Social Media updates for this trip!


Monday morning was off to a great start, with breakfast at Kevin and Erin’s and some phenomenal authentic Turkish coffee Kevin acquired in Iraq. With those two off to work, Megan and I had 4 hours to kill before our Good Bye lunch with our gracious hosts. We were expecting rain for the day, but when we realized that wasn’t happening we decided the beach was our destination for the morning. What we weren’t expecting was this:

An incredible fog/mist had settled in between the sound and the Island. Being unknown territory for me, the strange shapes of beach huts and unique beach high rises appearing out of the mist into our view was a surreal experience. Luckily, by the time we had driven down Navarre beach for a few minutes, the mist had cleared and the sun was out in full force. If you know me well, you know how much I love crystal clear, blue sparkling water – and the Florida gulf certainly did not disappoint.


We spent a little over an hour driving the beach, taking photos and stopping in random beach access areas. I just can’t overstate how beautiful the beaches were here – we will certainly be making a return trip in the summer with my full beach kit.

We passed some particularly interesting characters on our drive – a duo of daredevils preparing their small engines for a Powered Paragliding session, and a strange fellow walking across the dunes, attempting to hail us for a ride. Sadly, we did not have time to remain and witness the fates of either party.

With lunch time approaching quickly, we hurried to the Cactus Flower Cafe, a lovely little Californian-style Mexican restaurant where we’d be meeting Megan’s sister and her husband. We enjoyed some delicious chips and queso while waiting for their arrival, and enjoyed a splendid lunch with them a few moments later. As I have an affinity with anything that has an egg on top, I ordered the Huevos Rancheros, whereas Megan went with some delectable Mahi Mahi Tacos.

We then reluctantly said our good byes and left this lovely haven of Summer in December. A short 3.5 hour drive to NOLA was ahead of us, and our goal was to reach our hotel before sunset. Along the way, we passed through the bottom halves of both Alabama and Mississippi. On a gas trip/bathroom break in Mississippi, Megan had a significant epiphany:


Megan: “You know you’re in Mississippi when you can find Alligator Heads in a Gas Station.”

The rest of the journey was relatively uneventful, though we had no shortage of lovely scenery as we neared New Orleans at sunset.

Now checked into our hotel with reservations for some authentic Creole cuisine, we will have to save our Bourbon Street adventures for another post on another day.

What was the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen for sale in a Gas Station in the middle of nowhere?





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