Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Florida

Hello, friends, Colette LaFleur here with the last adventure of the Alabama Grandsons Tour. We were heading back home and thought, let’s get one more beach trip in before we return home and the hundreds of things that need doing in order to maintain our global outreach. Our Princess stayed in Destin, FL, on their very first out-of-town camping adventure. It was a bust, so we thought, not twice in a row.

Beautiful campsites

When we checked in at the park, the ranger manning the desk was quite chatty and took a very long time talking about the amount of poisonous snakes in the camp and staying on the path and maybe you should not go out at night. Needless to say, we were a bit apprehensive about walking around in the dark.

We arrived at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in the middle of the afternoon and found the campsites large, manicured, spaced well apart and the bathhouse was clean and air conditioned. Everything was looking up for a good trip and beach days. The next morning we awoke to rain. Oh, well, we have two days, so let’s go exploring and shopping. We headed into Destin. The heavens opened up and we were pelted with constant and heavy rains. We decided to go back to the camp and ran into heavy road construction on the only north-south road into Destin. We were stuck in traffic for over an hour, creeping along in a torrential downpour.

This is our view of Destin, FloridaB

After getting back and drying off from rain, we soon learn the camp was right next to the U.S. Naval School – Explosive Ordnance Disposal . Into the night we heard explosion after explosion. The bombs did nothing to help our already disappointing day.

Our Princess awoke on our second full day to muscle cramps in her neck and a forecast more rain. Then and there, we decided this was not what we signed on for, so we decided to return to our global headquarters. We packed quickly and took the long ride back home.

As much as we would have enjoyed two beach days, it was nice returning home. We are at headquarters until September 4th, when we return to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo.

Aloha and Au Revoir

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