RL and I went to Panama City Beach, FL last week. We had fun and it was relaxing, but it rained a lot and we didn't get to do everything we wanted. We didn't even make it into the water! Other than a little dip in the pool and some time in the hot tub. We walked along the beach a couple of times, but it was so cold and rainy most of the week we barely got our feet wet.
We haven't been there in about three years and we were amazed at how much it had grown. There were new hotels, new restaurants, new shops, new roads. And now it's even easier to get lost down there. All roads run into each other and eventually to the beach, but I kept getting confused. Every intersection looks the same: high rise hotel on one corner and an Alvin's Island Tropical Department Store on the other.
One day we ventured across the bay to the St. Andrews historic district. We even took a short walking tour of the area, which was interesting, but it would've probably been better if we had been with a group that was closer to our own age. As it was, I felt as though we were on an excursion from one of those Florida retirement villages.
Anyway, on our little 40 minute stroll we visited the St. Andrews Marina, the Oak by the Bay Park (home to the beautiful 250 year old Heritage Oak, which stands in the center of the park), historically restored banks, homes, and church of the orginal settlement. It was very interesting to me, at least, since I like the old architecture and history of people and places.
It wasn't one of the most exciting vacations we've had, but it was still a good and relaxing week together.