fAREWELL TO FLORIDA
3/28/22 Destin, FL / Drove 30a, FL / Destination Baton Rouge, LA
Bye Florida! 🥲 That makes me sad to type out. But we had a great time, no regrets, and we will be back! I couldn’t have imagined a better last day there either. After waking up and eating yogurt and granola we drove East again along the coastal highway 30a. It was so good! It would have been fun to spend more time there! We’ll add it to the itinerary for next time. So scenic, boutique-y towns, younger vibe, master plan communities, quirky, quaint, blossoming, clean. Very cool. We ended our drive at Inlet Beach. It was a beautiful beach. Emerald water (it is called the Emerald Coast) and white fluffy sand. Not busy. We didn’t take anything with us this time. We just wore our suits and went to take a look. I wasn’t expecting we would stay long but we ended up staying a few hours. Enzo was tired so Nick took him back to the van for a nap. Ozzy, Fitz, and I jumped in the waves for a long time. Then we dug holes in the sand with our hands. We dug tunnels and made drip castles. It was so fun and I felt
so happy. We all were happy. It was a great moment. It felt like the perfect way to end our time in Florida. We started making our way back to the van when Nick called and Enzo was walking up. We all showered off, ate some lunch, and then got situated to start the long drive home. Then we left. We’re going home! We drove across state lines into Alabama listening to Lynard Skynard of course. We were over due for an oil change so we stopped at a Jiffy Lube in Mobile, AL. They got right to work on the van and we walked across the street to a pizza place for dinner while they finished up. I also popped in to the grocery store next door for a few things. I think I know one reason it’s called Sweet Home Alabama. The people. We experienced first hand the Southern politeness. Everyone we encountered were out of their way polite and kind. We finally left Jiffy Lube (the stop took longer than we thought) and got back on the road. We somehow got on some back country roads which slowed us down, but it was nice to see more of Alabama. Big grassy lots and modest homes. Blooming pink/purple flowers. Lots of churches. Very Southern. We got back on the highway and soon we were crossing State lines again into Mississippi. The sun was starting to go down, but we did see some open swamp lands that were cool before it was dark. We didn’t get to see much of Mississippi unfortunately before we crossed into Louisiana where we will stay tonight.