We drove 90 minutes west along the Gulf to Apalachacola taking Jenny a friend we have made during our stay here. It was a fantastic hot sunny day and the views along the Gulf were amazing. The name of the town is derived from the Apalachicola Indian tribe and means “people on the other side of the river”. However we read that it is often interpreted as “land of the friendly people”. It is a very pretty town situated on the Apalachacola River with a history that goes back to the early 1800’s. People have been fishing here since then however it was primarily a shipping port for cotton until the railroad took over.
The Florida Seafood Festival is held here every November when people from all over flock to enjoy seafood, music, markets and restaurant meals. More than 90% of Florida oyster production is harvested from Apalachacola Bay as well as shrimps and lobsters. The prolific oyster beds are fed by freshwater from the Apalachacola River and the spring fed Chipola River. We walked around the markets, listened to the music, talked to some folk singers, saw a black bear skin. The bear, an adult female, had been found dead on the highway. We were told they do not grow much bigger. We also saw a red wolf skin. This animal is in danger of extinction and is on the endangered listing.
It was a really hot day so we decided to go to a restaurant for a meal. The seafood at the festival although cheap was all fried and very greasy. At the restaurant we enjoyed shrimp, scollops and Duncan had a steak. We also cooled down with a beer.
We had been told we had to go across the bridge to St George Island so we made our way back to the car.
We could not believe our eyes when we travelled along this bridge. It must be many, many kilometres long and curves around and up. It must have cost billions to build. A photo could not do it justice. The amazing thing is that it goes across to St George Island which is being developed into housing areas and has a National Park but very little else. Made us wonder what other plans there are for the Island for so much money to be spent on a bridge across to it.
We drove past the lighthouse and along a road leading to the National Park where homes are being built literally in sand dunes.We went into the National Park where we walked onto a boardwalk and watched dozens of pelicans diving for fish. What an amazing sight. We then made our way back across the bridge and headed for home.
The weather here is now very cool in the mornings and evenings, a range of temperatures from 4deg to 21deg (or 40 to 70F). I have given up swimming but we still take Katie to the beach where she loves to chase the gulls and pelicans and swim. Surprisingly the water is not too cold. I thought I would add a couple of photos of Katie and also one of the sun shining on the water. If you havn’t already please check my previous blog and I don’t think I will be able to do another one until I get home as we arrive back from New Orleans the day before we fly out.
While we have enjoyed our time here so much and I will miss my new friends immensely it will be good to be home back amongst family and friends. Three months is a long time to be away. We have a wonderful country and sometimes we think it is a good thing we are isolated from so many issues other countries around the World experience. We will be home on 21 November and after a couple of days recuperation from jet lag we hope to be in touch and catch up with people. Until next time, love to all, silvernomadsinflorida