Deep south, deep fried

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
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Trip End Nov 01, 2010


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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

When we drove from Jacksonville, Florida,  to Orange Beach, Alabama, we knew we were all bored for the first time when we got stuck into our first game of "I spy".

After about 2 or 3 rounds, and some questionable word choices from Landy, the phrase "yep, this is pretty damn boring too" was thrown out there so it was back to talking about the usual stuff - accommodation, eating, drinking and girls.



As we headed to Orange Beach we took what the Lonely Planet described as a scenic route called the Redneck Riviera. It stretched across the Florida pan-handle from Panama City to Pensacola and consisted of one thing only - strip malls. It was pretty amazing, we kept seeing the same store and restaurant franchises repeat - Dennys, McDonalds, Wendy's, Best Buy, WalMart, CVS, Dennys, McDonalds, Wendy's, Best Buy, WalMart, CVS, Dennys, McDonalds, Wendy's, Best Buy, WalMart, CVS, Dennys, McDonalds, Wendy's, Best Buy, WalMart, CVS...

The only scenic thing we saw was 5 or 6 fighter jets flying in formation above Miramar, that was pretty cool.



Orange Beach was at the tail end of the strip malls. We arrived late, needed food, would've loved something healthy but could only find more deep fried seafood franchises. Someone made the call 'When in Rome' (ie we were surrounded by dodgy seafood franchises) so we headed to the Crab Shack and ate deep fried everything.
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