Early in the morning we walked down to Blue Mountain Beach.
|Sugar white sand and turquoise waters at Blue Mountain Beach;|
the yellow flag means a medium hazard level with
moderate surf and potential for rip tides
|The beach below the dunes; Blue Mountain Beach is located|
along the highest point along Florida's gulf coast, at 64 feet
|Old Blue Mountain Beach neighborhood in a coastal scrub hammock|
Afterwards, Cindy took us on a ride in her Polaris Global Electric Motorcar/GEM. We headed east on FL-30A, which has become a brand with T-shirts, and even a beer, bearing the name 30A.
|Big Redfish Lake, one of the unique coastal dune lakes|
We tootled around the cute little town of Grayton Beach.
|The popular Red Bar, known for its funky bohemian vibe|
where the Bloody Mary is the "house salad"
|The large Western Lake, another coastal dune lake, surrounded|
by Pinus elliottii/Slash Pines, sometimes called umbrella trees
|The long sand berm separating Western Lake from the Gulf of Mexico|
|Clock tower in WaterColor|
|Forest Street with a Walker Candler designed house (1996-1997)|
|Ooh La La (every house has a name and a house sign|
lists the owners/occupants) designed by Dennis Searcy
|Leeward and Windward designed by Monica Chian|
|Amphitheater in Central Square|
|One of several food trucks on "Airstream Row,"|
and the very first one opened in 1996
|Folks enjoying BBQ Nachos|
|Tamiko & Kent at the Seaside Post Office,|
designed by Robert Davis (photo by Cindy B)
|Wild Bill's Beach Dogs (2011) specializes in grass-fed beef hot dogs|
|Modica Market (c. 1989)|
|Modica Market is known for its cakes; the Rainbow Cake has|
five layers in the flavors of strawberry, cherry, lemon, lime, and grape!
|Sundog Books was featuring an author signing with|
John Hollan (left) and his book, The Adventures of the Starfish Family
|Seaside Transit Authority sign|
|Seaside Transit Authority vehicles|
|Great Southern Café, featuring "new-fashioned southern cuisine"|
|Kent and Cindy at a Seaside Obe (Obelisk) Beach Pavilion|
(1991-1996, by David Coleman), one of nine beach
pavilions at entrances to the beach designed to protect
the dunes and make an architectural statement
|Growler Garage line-up of beer taps|
|Growler Garage had rival college|
Back in the Polaris GEM to check out some monster homes in Santa Rosa Beach.
|This monster under construction was a monstrosity|
|This monster has an indoor basketball court|
behind those monster garage doors!
After that adventure, we walked with Donna D to her house to sit back and not lift a finger as Steve D slaved away making dinner.
|Kent on the Ds' front deck of their 3rd floor bar for the sunset,|
cocktails, and nacho and pita chips with a luscious
spinach-and-artichoke dip, and a shrimp guacamole dip
brought by neighbors Breanne and Joe
Thankfully Ken B drove us back to his place, even though we should have burned off a few of the calories by walking. Again, many thanks to Ken and Cindy B for putting up with us/putting us up in their B&B (where we had homemade bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches before leaving the next day)!