I spent the first week and a half of March at Grayton Beach State Park in the panhandle of Florida. It is about 30 miles east of Destin, FL where I spent a little bit of time visiting their outlet shops!
Grayton Beach is a beautiful beach; the sand is white and the water is blue just like it is supposed to be! Below is what greeted me each time I stepped off the boardwalk.
The beach was maybe 1/4 – 1/2 mile from my campsite, so most mornings I walked to the beach and then on the beach for my morning exercise.
The water was beautiful.
Several days, I took my chair to the beach with plans to read but got carried away with just looking at the sand and water. I didn’t read too much on those days.
There is a bike/pedestrian trail that runs about 20 miles in this area thru several of the towns and villages. In some areas it was a bit crowded and closer to the road than I like, but I enjoyed it and rode several times. In one direction is the village of Seaside. They are known for their Airstream Food Trucks --
Scenery from the bike trail --
The picture above was taken at a beach access point that was about 9 miles from the State Park. I rode my bike there and then checked out the beach (I didn’t go down, I admired from the top). Then headed back. This part of the trail went close to some construction, some new homes and some businesses. When I was a little more than 3 miles from the campground I had a flat tire. I got off and saw that I had run over a nail. I had been telling myself that I needed to learn how to change a tire, but I never have. But in this area there are a few bike rental shops, so I thought I would push my bike to one of them. I had passed one of the shops about 1/2 mile before the flat but I thought there were more. I never saw another one!! So I ended up riding my bike almost 15 miles and pushing my bike for a bit more than 3 miles (Note, I had walked 4 miles that morning for my morning walk). 2 lessons – don’t ride your bike through construction areas and learn to change a bike tire!!
One afternoon, I walked to the beach and sat at the bench at the end of the boardwalk. A gull decided to try to introduce himself to me as he flew very close and then walked even closer. I am guessing he thought I would feed him.
From here, I headed to Summerdale, AL.