Irma is still on the warpath.....but we are keeping a close eye on her.
We have smooth sailing as it seems everyone is heading north away from the sea.
We do have a Purple Beach Warning Flag today, but we didn't feel like we were in any danger of getting eaten by anything. :)
We even went to Walmart last night and bought a net so we can hunt for sand dollars today.
What a great day to enjoy the water...and forget about Irma.
The rangers tell us that if they see Irma as a threat, we will be evacuated.
You see the big problem is if the winds get too high, (35 MPH) they actually close the bridges down that take you back to the main land and at that time you would be stranded on the peninsula that we are on right now.
With that news we decide to drive over to Grayton Beach and visit the Red Bar for lunch.
Only reason we knew it was a caper berry is our waiter told us. LOL
Fish and Chips were very good and of course we had to have a piece of the Key Lime Pie for dessert.
There were a lot of jelly fish in the water today.
They didn't have the tentacles so we didn't have to worry about them stinging us.
Our bounty of sand dollars was very good today.
The winds are a bit more breezy tonight, as we have a cool front coming through and they are hoping that it will be strong enough to get Irma to turn back towards the east.
Time will tell.
The food was good and the view from the open air dining was great.
The waitress tells us that they are thinking this area will get very busy with all the people that are evacuating the mandatory areas of Florida due to the hurricane.
Seems like Irma is the talk of the town.
She is getting to be a pain for sure!
There was an Alligator Nature Walk at 3pm, and we are going to try to go to it.
We get another chance to ride our bikes which makes us very happy.
We also learned that we could live off of a whole lot of these plants if we were in a reality show like "Naked and Afraid" ROFL....
It was a very informative walk and I think we all came away with more knowledge about all the animals and plants that live in this area.
He told us about the coastal dune lakes that were in the preserve. South Walton's coastal dune lakes are said to be as much as 10,000 years old and were formed by winds that redistributed sand and created the shallow basins (with most lakes averaging only about 5 feet deep).
I am going to add a link for anyone that would like to learn about them.
Coastal Dune Lakes
We didn't want to fix dinner tonight so we go to a little Mexican restaurant that Chuck and I had eaten at the year before.
I would love to say that it had gotten better, but it still was about the same.
The service was OK, but far from from exceptional.
Fun day but Irma is beginning to get on our nerves....she still hasn't turned!
We cleaned on the sand dollars today and finally resorted to bleaching them.
We are again reassured they will let us know if we need to leave.
There were about 8 new people at the breakfast that were evacuees from another area in Florida.
I hope Irma is happy with her latest tantrum since she is causing our vacation to be cut a little shorter than we planned.
(I had truly forgotten about going by to see them since we were in "pack up and get out mode")
We pass a Walmart that is completely full of RV's of all shapes and sizes.
We just keep heading north in hopes of finding a less congested area to pull off.
He was a very happy kind of guy and made us all laugh and forget why were hotfooting it out of the area.
Seems Irma is going to disturb a lot of people when she finally makes landfall later tonight.
We boondock this evening at a truck stop along the way.
We have been traveling Highway 22 for quite awhile, and it's time call it quits for the day.
Hamilton, Alabama will be our home for this evening.
The parking area wasn't busy when we pulled in and we parked out at the back of the lot, under the lights.
All was good until a strange dude pulled up and mumbled something that none of us could hear.
I walked up to him and Chuck followed.
You know when you get that strange feeling something just isn't right.
The dude was wanting directions to get to Tennessee.....WHAT!!!!!
I told Chuck to just back away, and tell him we couldn't help him.
Left Diana and I with a strange feeling.
The guys just made sure their guns were close by!
I text Diana after we closed up for the evening and told her if they need anything to call, and don't open the doors for anyone!!!
All was quiet the rest of the night.
The steady hum of our generators drowned out the trucks pulling in and out of the parking lot.
Worn out from Irma, I think we all actually slept fairly well, even with our little scare. :)
By the way we got a text from Marcia and they had made it to the spot they were wanting to stay for the night as well.
The next few days I get updates and they are doing well, and stayed out of the rain bands that came with Irma.