DAY 39 July 2, 2009

Early start this morning. Walked on the beach just after the fog lifted-Henderson Beach? Beautiful emerald and sapphire water! No shells ;0(

Panama City is your typical tourist trap. The next 50 miles were pine trees.

Apalachicola is a cute little town, but don't expect a sandy beach here. It is a port for oyster fishermen-that is the history of the area. I saw the old Gibson Inn and ate at the famous Boss Oyster's. The food was incredible! I had the grouper chowder which was luxuriously creamy, full of potato chunks, and topped with tons of bacon and green onion slices. Then the main event arrived-tons of wonderful crisp, well seasoned, amazingly fresh fried oysters. They were accompanied by 4 corn fritters -yum!- and coleslaw-standard, but still very good- and red beans and rice-okay, but not the best I have had.

Next stop was the smallest police station in the world in Carabelle. It was quirky, but fun.

Panacea has a lovely site for its visitor center. The springs are right across the street. They are trying to revitalize the area-which it obviously needs.

ROUTE: US 98 East>FL 30 East>US 319 North>US 27 North

Lodging: Cabot Lodge Tallahassee

Boss Oyster's (*****Food *****Service)

Attractions: South Walton Beaches, Historic Apalachicola, Gibson Inn, smallest police station, Panacea Visitors Center and Springs.

$$$: $49 Motel (2 nights) $23 Fuel $24 Food = $96

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