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Traveling Coastal Highway 98

Thinking about the how the Gulf Coast was what the doctor ordered

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Highway 98

The trip from Matlacha to Apalachicola yesterday was stunning. If you ever get the chance to travel Hwy 98, DO IT. You pick it up north of a Tampa and from there it goes out to the coast to hit every little town from Homosassa all the way to Apalachicola. Our first stop was Crystal River and then on to places with names like Gulf Hammock, Otter Creek, Old Town (literally), Panacea (again, literally), Ochlockonee Bay, and Carrabelle. The views in the Big Bend area are just amazing.

We stopped for dinner at a crazy local place that had a sign out front for fresh crawfish. So glad we stopped! They were soooo good.

And so now here we are at our new home for four days, Apalachicola.

Gulf Coast Peace and Quiet

On the drive up and for the last few days we’ve been pondering our choice of the Gulf Coast for this month. Going into this whole retirement adventure, I thought we needed time to decompress and just relax. We thought hard about Miami Beach because we love it there so much and have had such good times there. But I thought we needed somewhere more off the beaten path, more local, more chill. I wanted us to do different things and find new grooves. And the little towns we’ve been in have fit that bill so far. We’ve had time to take up fishing, a hobby we hope to continue out west, to take walks, to just sit and enjoy nature, to not hear traffic and sirens and helicopters but instead to hear birds and boats and crickets and frogs. We’ve seen wild hogs, manatees, and dolphins. We’ve unplugged and let go.

Since we’re in Apalachicola only four nights, it seems like the real beginning of the trip. I’m so excited for us and arrradventures to come. And best of all, I feel like we’re ready for them.

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Posted by mrb430 15:21 Archived in USA Tagged florida

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