My hubby lives in Blue Mtn full-time and I just came back from a delightful 8-day vacation down there. I thought I might post a couple of highlights and comments about my stay, in case anyone is interested... Weather was much improved by the end of the week, Debby really didn't affect my visit at all. That said, I was very alarmed by the sight of many families with small children in the water on Sunday, 6/24 when the beaches were closed. I actually spoke with a couple of adults that morning when I was on a mega-walk. One woman actually said it was OK, her teenage son was a lifeguard. So she admitted that she knew all about the signage, but that it didn't apply to them. Her 2 teen sons were deep in the water. I am not a parent, so kept going. Maybe these kids are easily replaceable. I understand that many families save all year to go to the beach, but safety is safety. I was very happy to see the beaches, restaurants, and grocery stores crowded. What a difference 2 years makes, right? Also, I think on Monday, 6/25 when I walked west to Stinky's, I saw a couple of what I assume were BP people looking in inlets for oil evidence. I was very impressed and didn't bother them. They were east of Ed Walline, around Gulfview Heights, I believe. One wore a BP long-sleeved shirt. I also saw no dolphins at all during my stay, from 6/24 to today, 7/2. I was surprised by that, but assume it had to do with Debby. Restaurant-wise, we ate well and I promise to be in the gym tomorrow morning! Highlights include Marie's (as usual), Smiling Fish this afternoon before the drive home, and we enjoyed trying both VKI for sushi and Local Catch. Wish I could have tried Buddha Lounge (closed on Sundays) and I feel remiss not saying "hi" to Jack at McTighe's. My waistline could only take so much. Our best meal was at home with scallops from Shrimpers and some Portuguese cava rose. Or something like that! I went solo to Rosemary Beach to see the Coastal Living Open House and ate at George's after. Katie was my waitress and she rocks, as did lunch. There is super-secret parking right in front of the CL Home on Kingston, it's $15 for admission and pretty much worth it. Bring your camera and tissue for when you drool. That's all, thanks for reading this far, my husband said I should post. Also, we did this super-cool getaway from SoWal one night when we drove to Pensacola, took in a Blue Wahoos baseball game (AA), spent the night, then woke up mega- early and went to Pensacola NAS and saw the Blue Angels practice Wed. morning. It was awesome!! The Naval Aviation Museum is wonderful as well. I know many visitors to SoWal aren't able to take advantage of his, but it was *well* worth the detour. Google the Blue Angels practices on T/W and don't forget to bring water, chairs, a sense of humor, and mucho sunscreen. If half of the population of children 4' and under were at DisneyWorld that Wednesday, then the other half and their families were at Pensacola NAS. Many people, much fun. Hope this helps others plan their trips.... And I'd be remiss if I didn't put it this last complaint....golf carts should not be on the bike paths. Period! SWSO needs to get on this, now! Hope everyone has a great and safe Fourth.