Hi, I have been lurking on this board for a while now. After Dennis, my family wondered if we would be able to visit SoWal for the fourth year in a row. Although our vacation plans were minor compared to the damage to people's homes, we were so glad to find this site! It provided a lot of great info and convinced us not to cancel our plans. We stayed at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa the week of 7/23. I wanted to share a couple of my pics I took during my week there. The first week of the trip we walked down to Ed Walline park for beach access and scampered up and down this hill of sand: On Wednesday, one of the beach walkovers for Gulf Place was repaired: There were plenty of other "creative" ways to access the beach: The sunrise was beautiful on Tuesday: Some houses were still borded up: Some had sand hills in front of them: Some were falling over the edge: The outside 2-story porch wall on the house on the far right fell off about mid-week. I think it was from the large trucks full of sand rumbling by: The water was clear and green by Wednesday: Such clear water that we snorkled for all these shells: Can't wait for next year!!!