Florida Panhandle: The Forgotten Coast and the Emerald Coast - Summer 2020 Episode 6
In this episode, we are going to visit, the lost, coast. And the emerald, coast of florida. As we explore, the panhandle. And then we're gonna zoom back towards ocala, and stay at a brand new rv. Resort. We had no reservations. For tonight, so we decided, last minute to stay at this, wildwood. Golf and rv resort. Just, 27, miles from where we're staying tomorrow. We need to do laundry. And they do have a restaurant. Let's go eat. We're hungry, we're starving we haven't had anything. I forgot the name but it's an ipa. I forgot what kind but, it's a. Fish. Well wildwood, rv, resort, here you know just a quick overnight, stop we did laundry. And. You know. Full hookups which is always good. And, now we have a short. Day trip today it's only going to be a 30 minute drive, to ho-hum, rv resort, uh. As. I saw it about, two years ago. It's on the forgotten, coast. And there's, this place one of these days we're gonna come and, the day. Came. Now crossing, a balcony, bay. So, welcome, to what is known as the forgotten, coast of florida. This, quiet. Undeveloped. Mostly, uninhabited. And relatively. Short, section of coastline. Here on the gulf of. Mexico. We're going to carabelle. And hopefully we can get some some lunch, we'll see. Very nice place here i'm going to show it to you guys. Later. Here we are, carabelle. A town that epitomizes. The idea, of, old, florida. And after much research. The consensus. Seems to be on this place called, fathoms. Still sitting a fathom apart. Seafood, and it's a food so good you cannot, fathom. That's a good slogan. Let's check it out hopefully they have room, such, a nice, setting. Right here, near the mouth of the carabelle. River. And this whole area, very, famous, for the seafood. It's oyster city from appalachia. Yep, always in the mood for a nice cold, local, ipa. Black, grouper. That's what ely ordered. Check this out, i decided, to go for something called a seafood, boil. Yeah, that seafood, boil was amazing. And something that believe it or not i had never, had before. Now i'm full of energy to continue, the. Journey. Let's continue, going west. Exploring, the forgotten. Coast. Here's the local caribbean, beach but the better beaches, are on the barrier, islands, like saint george, coming up ahead. We can still see some of hurricane, michael's, aftermath. Almost two years later. Yeah. Damage like that takes a long time to recover, from. There in the distance, the brian patton bridge, which spans, apalachicola. Bay going towards, saint, george. Let's take it, we have never actually been. There. We're almost. There we can even see the saint, george island, lighthouse. The main thing here is the beach, and it turns out we forgot to bring our bathing suits. So we're just gonna drive around a little bit get to know the area, and we'll return tomorrow. Better prepared. You can tell all of these are brand new. Most of the island. Seems to be private, residences. A lot of them by the way, very, nice. And a lot of it looks, brand new construction. Probably, rebuilt, after the. Hurricane. Now taking the john gury memorial, bridge, onto apalachicola. Oyster. Capital of the world. At least in florida, that is. I see a shrimping, boat. This looks. Promising. There it is, miss martha. A shrimping, boat docked, here on the apalachicola. River. The shrimping, industry, almost, as important, as the oysters, in these. Parts. It is a charming. Town, but for some reason today we are, not, feeling it. Is it perhaps. The oppressive. Humid, heat. Or the fact that we already ate. Were we hungrier, or thirstier, perhaps. We would have partaken. On some of the seafood, or craft, beer that town has to offer. There's also, lots and lots, of interesting. Quirky, shops. Well i will show you more of, apalachicola. Here. But it's so hot and humid that. What did what this day really calls for is being at the beach. Looking, unlocking, you know unfortunately. It was kind of crowded, out there. So we're gonna go back to the rv park and tomorrow. We're gonna explore. A little more this whole area. But yeah it is, you see i'm sweating. It's not fun not fun, summer in florida sometimes. It can be not fun unless you are, inside the water, then it was.
Fun. You see that pile to the right. Those are oysters. Oysters, my friends. Thousands. Of oyster, shells. This right here is the very spot where i stopped, for a break. Under the bridge. When i was here about two years ago. All right, let's go back to minitini, too i want to show you the rv, park. And, that's a long. Causeway. Again, the john gory memorial, bridge. There's, definitely. That, old. Florida. Vibe. In this area. This is nice too, i'm gonna add it to the list. Check out all the pelicans. Fly. Pelicans. And we're back by carabelle, beach which let me tell you it is a pretty decent, beach, considering, that it is not on a barrier, island, this is mainland, florida. I forgot to show you earlier, but, this happens to be the world's. Smallest, police station. That we know of. Oh yeah, this is the life i'm telling you. One of these days i'm gonna get me a motor home so i can park in this front, row here only motor homes allowed no trailers. Apparently. Because, you park you know, facing. Uh. The water. And this is called ho-hum, rv, resort, as i said this is the forgotten, coast of florida the big band here. Coming up this way. And, saint hatchy, and that area and then on this side. That will be carabell. And then apalachicola. And this is the panhandle, this is the beginning of the panhandle, kind of sort of, and that's, the beginning of the peninsula, that's why it's called the big bend because it's the, part this part of florida. You know the end of the gulf of mexico, kind of. You know what i mean. In any case uh. We're gonna take a break now, and uh. Maybe later tonight we'll. Cook some. Dinner. If it looks a little hazy. We are witnessing. A rare phenomenon. We've got some sand. Apparently. Coming from the sahara. From all the way across the atlantic. Isn't that, something. I'm thinking, if maybe, that had something to do with a drone, failing, yesterday. Which by the way, this would have been a great spot, to fly the drone. Too bad i don't have one at this very moment. Such, a majestic. Bird. Yeah, this place is nice, i like it. I like it here on the gulf of mexico, kind of, out of the way and, under the radar, probably the, best, site, in the whole park. That will accommodate. A trailer, and you still have ocean view. Here's not ocean front but you got ocean view ocean view no golf view. I always have to correct. Myself. Hmm. You think it might rain. Good, morning. I was hoping to see the sunrise, but. I don't know. It doesn't look like it's gonna. Happen. We do have a long, dolphin, here this morning. So calm. And so peaceful. Here. Well i've got this, one, tire, that is losing, air. Very very slowly. I'm gonna have to take care of that at some point. Let's go to the beach now, shall we. Let's go back to saint, george, island. It is early so there is still some parking available.
Very Nice very, little crowded, here in the. This. Part. Well this is pretty nice as far as beaches go people had told me that it was like destin, it's not quite like dustin, but, pretty nice sand. Let's check this place out. Tiki bar is this way. Yep, nice beach front tiki. Bar. Yeah rum runners, always remind me of the florida, keys. Well that was a fun day at the beach. Let's stop by caramel, beach real quick, and see what it is. Like. Actually. Very quiet, compared to st george. And that's dog island, only accessible, by boat or small. Plane. Foreign. So. Well good. Morning once again, it's moving. Day. Ho ho rv park here very nice, and the weather is beautiful, today now that we have to leave but. Hopefully, it'll be beautiful. Tomorrow. Uh, today and tomorrow at seaside. We're going to graten beach state park. And. It should be fun, you know, ever since we went to destin. Six years ago. Almost six years ago i, wanted to come back to that area to the emerald coast. And that's where we're going we found a faster route via florida, 20 west which saved six no thanks. For six minutes i'd rather have like the scenic, coastal view right, i think. It would be worth it. Carmel, here. We really liked it even though we only got a taste. Figuratively. And literally. We liked, the vibe, if there is such a thing. Very, old, florida. Very, carefree. Slow, paced. We must definitely, return, and spend a few extra days. Sometime. Here's the. Causeway, going towards, apalachicola. A town that i really wanted to like, but, i don't know, there was something, about it. That just didn't click with us this time. I'm thinking perhaps it felt, overly, touristy. And the oppressive, heat, that didn't help. Either. This here is called porch saints joe, as we continue, the long trek towards, the emerald, coast, here on the scenic route. We are approaching, mexico, beach, and as i mentioned, i was here two years ago shortly after hurricane, michael, and it was total, devastation. Let's see how it's faring these days and it looks like there are still some repairs, going on and, lots of new construction. These boardwalks, they seem to be new as. Well. Yep, hurricane, recovery, can be a slow process. And as you can see. A lot of it has been rebuilt, but not everything. This was the very spot, where the eye of the storm, made landfall. And the storm surge alone, most of being enormous. That plus the winds. And the rain. Let's just say i wouldn't have wanted to be here when it. Happened. This used to be a forest. But the wind snapped, these trees in half, as if they were. Toothpicks. Now driving on the dupont, bridge, onto panama, city not the beach town, this is more of an, england, industrial, metropolis, of sorts, which by the way was not spared, by the brutal, force of the. Winds. All of a sudden we have all these mansions, here overlooking. The bay. Very, very. Nice. Well we've, made it to panama city beach, and we finally, get to see the turquoise, waters, of the emerald, coast.
It Is a true, resort, town, with heavy traffic, high rise hotels. And all kinds of flashy. Attractions. We're going to be staying at grayton beach state park, right next to the town of. Seaside. It is a pretty large campground. And we're staying, back here at the more, rustic, loop. Oh you guys just missed, the blue angels, fly by. And i guess this is our site here very nice. At, creighton beach, state park. And as you can see it's something that you don't have in every state park in florida at least this site number eight we have. Four hookups, we have a sewer line which is great because you can take that long, endless. Shower. And, very nice. It's hot and muggy but we are very close to the beach so we're gonna do that later, i believe it is this way. That's a big site, site number five. Actually on the map it looks like the beach is right there, but, it is a pretty long walk. Especially. In the summer, florida, heat. It also feels longer, because even though the water is right there we're not allowed to walk on the sand dunes, we can only cross, through this boardwalk. Right here. Oh, this is beautiful. We're gonna have to be back later because, right now we have a dinner reservation. We're driving, into neighboring, seaside. Very cool town, a master, planned, community. One of the first to apply something called the new urbanism. Design. And the filming location, for the movie the truman, show. It is a lot, busier than i expected. And i can see parking. Might be an issue. Here by the main square they have this row of airstreams. That serve as food. Trucks. We've been going around, in circles. Looking for parking. In vain. So we're just gonna have to backtrack, and park almost half a mile away, parking was a little more of an ordeal, than we were expecting, but. We're on our way now. This is what they've done all these restaurants, they have taken over the street with this big tents, to offer dining. Alfresco. We're gonna be eating at the great, southern, cafe. Nowadays, you get the menu by scanning a qr, code on the table. And we got ourselves, some mojitos. It's all right. And here's our food. Let's begin i'm starving. The great southern. I mean i had high expectations. It is fine. It's fine, and if this town looks familiar, by the way this is the the town that was uh. You know. The location, for the movie, the truman show i don't know if you remember the movie, from the late 90s. Yeah is that perfect. Little, town. We're gonna walk around a little bit and then we're going back to the. State park, and maybe we're going to the beach. That's the actual restaurant. And here's the most, perfect, little town square. Look at the cute tiny post office building. There you go. That. Might have been better. We have an. Antique, golf cart. Great ambiance, here although. Let me tell you, it is perhaps, a little bit crowded. And they have all these earth streams here that are like, like food trucks basically.
Like, Footer strings. Very unique here in in downtown, seaside. Definitely, a little more crowded than i expected. It is definitely, a very popular, tourist destination. Here. We're gonna start, walking. Back to the car. On the less, crowded. Back streets. Slowly. We're gonna take our. Time. I think this is it, the house from the movie. Well it does say the truman, house so, i have to rewatch that movie, supposedly, that's the house, where truman lived. In any case. It's too hot, it's so hard to be. Outdoors, and not in the water so. I think we're going to the beach. Well, this is probably the last time we do summer in florida, so. Enjoy. It's way too hot. My mom always told me never to swim after eating. But, i think it's a myth, so we're gonna do it anyways. And did i mention it is hot. Yeah this time we're driving. Look, at the beautiful, fine sand. It's like sugar. There's a little bit of seaweed, which apparently, is a common occurrence, in june. Who knew. See all the seaweeds. In the water. Way out there, over the horizon. We can see the upper halves, of the panama city beach high rise hotels. And it is, such, a beautiful, afternoon, here. Such a great time. Enjoying, the. Outdoors. All good things, come to an end but this one is not over not quite yet, today we have an almost, all day drive to summerfield. And we're gonna stay at sunkist. Rv resort. It is new and very luxurious. Really looking forward to it they invited me to stay a couple of nights and after our whirlwind. Trip. We can definitely, use a couple of days of luxury. I won't bore you showing you the whole trip there because as you probably, know i10. And i75. Are not the most, cynic, of drives, in this parts. Several, hours later. Not before a couple of afternoon, rain showers. Here we are. Sun, kissed. Rv, resort. All right let's go check in. This is very nice. Everything looks brand. New. Now we're gonna go to this place called francesco's. They recommended, it here at the, the rv, resort. And, supposed to be good it's uh. Three and a half miles away. Italian. Happy hour all day. It seems very nice. We've got some wine. And some bread. And some bruschetta. We're really starving. It's a wedding soup. Salmon. Cleopatra. And then you got the italian tree. Yeah we haven't got dessert. Well francesco's. Here. Delicious. 400, feet turn right onto southeast, 167th. Place road, delicious food and relatively, affordable. Service. Then turn left onto us 27, north you see she won't shut up, and sarah was, a little sluggish, maybe it was our server she was like a little you know. Overwhelmed. But other than that. It was awesome. And uh. And a fitting. Final meal to, maybe not the final meal but the, second to final meal of our trip here. Turn left onto us 27, north us-441. Oh gosh. It was somewhere here i forgot to give him. My. I had a five dollar coupon, and i forgot to give it to her. Oh well. Maybe welcome back. Tomorrow. They gave me this remote. Let's see if it works. And it. Does. Well good. Morning, from, sunkist. Village. Rv resort, here. Very nice it's kind of a late morning actually we've been working, all morning, here, trying to get the next, video ready but. I think, the weather calls for a visit, to the pool, and that's what i'm gonna do right now you know it's summer in florida, it's awfully hot here during the day. But then in the afternoon, it starts getting cloudy, and you usually get thunderstorms. That's like, the weather pattern. And of course it's summer in florida so this place is like wide open so. Yeah. Let's go check out the pool, there's, people there already. This place, has, pretty much, every amenity, imaginable. Even tennis courts. This is what i'm talking about, they even have a tiki. Bar. And the hot tub. Let's see what this is, oh it's like an activities, hall. And. They have a gym, here too. They have a game room, oh that's a cool looking orange, drone. Mailboxes. Probably for the seasonal, residents. And, well. This, is what i came for, the swimming. Pool. It's. Heated. Do. Looks like it might. Rain. Let's check out the laundry, here, hmm, credit card operated, very nice. This, are the bathrooms. Look at that, glass, doors. All right. I'm gonna get back to work before the storm, hits. See you. Tomorrow. Since i lost my drone a couple of days ago in taylor county, some case rv resort, donated, some drone footage, so i could show you the park, from above. These are some of the new park, models they opened up recently, and let me tell you i'm not saying it because they invited, me to stay but it is one of those places where everything, seems to be, perfect.
And Immaculately. Clean. This, will be the end, of our florida, loop. From here, we go north. Embarking. In the great american. Road trip summer, 2020. But, more about that. On a different, video, until then. Thank you so much for watching. And see you. On the, road. I'm, writing. Riding, in my. Rv.