Sunday, May 8, 2016

Taking A Sunday Drive #27

Blue waters and white sand beaches line the drive all along Florida's Gulf Coast and we enjoyed every mile on our first trip to that state in April, 2014.

It was a red flag day on Panama City Beach the morning we were there which meant high hazard, high surf and/or strong currents, but Bud managed a little run along the gulf waters.

The main reason for our trip to the Southeast was to visit our niece Christine and her husband Dale so after Panama City Beach we headed inland.

We weren't expected until lunch time and Christine had told us about Florida's Falling Waters State Park. It has one of the three natural waterfalls found in the state - and it was on our route to Christine's.
An entrance sign at the park said that water was not always flowing over the falls and that we should ask before paying the park fee. We did and it was.
The water drops about 100 feet into a deep sink hole where it then disappears underground.

I have a thing about blue pools so while at Christine's I was delighted to find one near by - Jackson County's Blue Springs Recreation Area. Some scuba divers were practicing while we were there.

Probably the most disturbing part of the visit was seeing some of the old buildings associated with the Dozier School for Boys. It was a reform school with a reputation for abuse. Closed in 2011, the investigation into deaths and wrong-doings was still ongoing when we were there.

The most rewarding part of the trip was spending time with our relatives, seeing their home, relaxing on the patio and enjoying being with them.

White sand beaches and blue waters were just an added bonus. Dale and Christine have since moved to Texas. We haven't made it there to see them yet, but it is on our list.

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