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Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day 11
Apalachicola to Dauphin Island Alabama (State # 10) AND 1st time zone - we are now Central time.
Stats - 460 KM & 8 Hrs. in car. 
Got off to a reasonable start time today, and headed over the bridge to Apalachicola, and thought we'd see if there was a little bakery or something. Well we didn't find a bakery, but we did find the 'Tin Shed', well what a find! This place is all marine gifts, replicas and genuine antiques. I said to Donna that if Jeff walked in here he'd think he died and went to heaven! When we were checking out the lady was telling us that the store was used as a backdrop for the latest Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (as was all of Apalachicola). She showed us the picture of the cover model posing in front of the buoys that Donna had photographed. The rest of what we saw of Apalachicola was cool too. Lots of small, well kept places near or on the water.
The fog continued with us today, but we drove the Gulf Coast through some beautiful small towns, amazing beaches and bigger 'tourist' towns (cities?).
As you now know, I am behind on these entries...
...so I'll add more later, but right now we're heading out for the day in NOLA! (That's New Orleans, LA)
Back again...
Okaloosa Island has some very nice beaches, but far and away the best beach of the trip (so far) has to be Navarre Beach and Gulf Island National Seashore, right up to Pensacola Beach. We drove out the causeway and stopped at the Navarre Pier. It is the longest anywhere on the Gulf (according to their sign) at 1545ft. Nice walk to the end, lots of fisherman on pier and it cleared up for a few minutes so we could actually see things! I also 'took-out' a fresh shrimp taco from the restaurant on the Pier - Mmmmm - fresh shrimp.
We continued down the beach and into the Ntl. Seashore - incredible white sand, beaches and  dunes. 
 The only problem was  the fog made it seem more like a white-out than a day at the beach! We also saw a strange site in Panama Beach - an upside down building - and after all the Katrina talk it was a little disquieting to say the least! Until we got closer and saw it was constructed that way. It's called 'Wonderworks' 
and is a kind of amusement park/science centre, and I guess there are a few of them around the US.
We were on our way to the Dauphin Island Bed & Breakfast on (you guessed it) Dauphin Island Alabama. It is on the Southern side of Mobile Bay and you reach it by ferry from Fort Morgan, of course unless the Ferry is cancelled due to the FOG! We had to drive an extra hour at least around and through Mobile and back out on the causeway from the south to reach our B & B. By the time we did so, it was pitch black so we didn't see anything. Our hosts Carol and George were glad we amde it and we settled in to our seaview, I mean FOGview room for the night.
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Don and Carol France on

Enjoy NOLA! Been 3 times and nothing like raw oysters and beer for breakfast. We hit the French Quarter Festival and it rocked with music. Tongue in cheek Don to Donna "Keep your shirt on"!
We did the tour around the city which told of the Katrina devastation , visited Ward 9 where most of the damage was done, worth while seeingand of course being an old sailor did the steamboat up the river. Great place, great music and great food with a lot of history!

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