Emerald Coast

We heard about Destin, FL from our niece, Stella.  She visited her boyfriend, Griffin, and his family here a couple of years ago and told us it was beautiful.  Trusting her judgement, we added it to our list of places to see on our trip.

Great call, Stella!

We arrived at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located in Niceville, FL today after a relaxing drive of only about three hours from the previous stop in the Apalachicola National Forest hunt camp.  This stop includes a real campsite with water and electric hook-ups, relative luxury compared to dispersed camping!  The park is beautiful, the campsite spacious and its only a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

After checking in and setting up camp, we took off to see Fort Walton Beach.  Visually, it reminded me of a Cape Cod beach town like Hyannis.  Lots of condos, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.  We found a place to park with access to the beach and took a walk to check it out.

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Wow – not so much like the Cape from this perspective.  The beach has sand as white as snow and soft as Charmin…or…well, you get the idea.  Three to four foot waves, an on-shore wind and emerald-colored, warm water.  We had a nice walk on the beach, watched the sun setting and still had time to enjoy a FaceTime session with friends back in MA who are going to meet us out West later during our RV Adventure (stay tuned for more on that later…).

We arrived at “Harborwalk Village” in Destin just as all the lights were coming on.  Another great experience.  Parked in a lot right behind Coyote Ugly’s and took a walk around the boardwalk to check out one of the largest fleets of charter fishing boats in the country.  We even made it onto the big screen for a few minutes at AJ’s Street Party in the center of all the action.  Fun night.

We can see why Stella loves this place.  Well worth a visit.

This is our last stop in FL, more to come, stay tuned!



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