So.. how are things looking one week after Dennis?

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  1. Ocean Lover

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    Glad you had a good time...lucky you ...you get to go back soon. I am so looking forward to being a beach bum. 12 more days until I can sink my toes in the sand. :D

    Tina
     
  2. Beach Runner

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    Yes, even if it's cold and/or rainy, we just enjoy being in our third floor sitting room, enjoying the view of the Gulf, watching sunsets, cooking fresh seafood, etc. Even during bad weather, it's a great time to get some work done in a relaxed manner. We absolutely adore the 30-A area! We've traveled the world, and there's nothing to compare to it. Yes, there may be more luxurious beaches (Monte Carlo, Maui, Barcelona, the Italian Riviera, etc.), but the 30-A area is such a relaxing place to be, close to home.
     
  3. Miss Kitty

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    Thanks for the mental image of sitting on the beach, making the sand squeak with your toes and watching the waves...that's the memory I always try to imprint on my mind that last day! I love hearing how everyone visiting falls under the spell of this place!

    My husband and son will be going down for a few days in August and I will stay home with the new pup, Molly. Don't cry for me SoWal lovers....I just reserved our place for the entire month of October!!! Another pup will be introduced to the place we all know as paradise! That's enough to keep me going!
     
  4. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Alright AMYLOU- we returned home to the 'Ville today (and yes we are bummed to be home). We have NEVER seen the water as beautiful as it was last week in Grayton. Crystal clear, the perfect aqua, awesome sandbars, lots of sea life to see...best week we have ever had. If you have room in your vehicle I could be persuaded to go back down! I tried to write everything in our rental's guestbook, but there was too much fun to get it all. So if the owner of Blue Crab reads this- we had an awesome week and your house was perfect for our crew. We stayed on the beach pretty much the entire week and did not venture much further than Red Bar and Bud & Alley's. I think we drove the car twice since we brought our bikes and rented a kayak. There was really no reason to do anything else but enjoy that beautiful place!

    I keep repeating- 2 WEEKS next year, 2 WEEKS next year.

    At least we have graytonbeach.com to keep us sane until the next visit- thanks Kurt!
     
  5. Ocean Lover

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    jdarg,

    What kind of sea life did you see? Any sea turtles? It is amazing how you can stand chest deep in the water and still see your feet! I never really liked getting into the ocean until I came to the beaches in soWal. I like to know what I'm swimming with. :)
     
  6. Jdarg

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    We saw rays (big and small, spotted eagle ray and southern stingray), crabs (blue and hermit), hilarious pelicans, both the "bad" jellyfish and the "good" jellyfish, dolphin, sanddollars, a few friendly Labs (yellow and chocolate), little white fish that nibble your feet, tiny velvety-textured black fish (anyone know what they are?), lots of fish big and small, many jumping around or in huge schools, a gigantic Hercules beetle, but sorry, no turtles.

    The most interesting critter find was the Eastern Glass Lizard (looks like snake, but stumpy). It was hanging outside of the Red Bar. I hope we didn't relocate the local "lounge lizard" by mistake. He is now living on Garfield St. behind the Blue Crab house.

    Oh- and we found the weirdest little critter around the sandbars- possibly brittle starfish, but the picture we found does not match exactly. The main body was a small disk about the size of a pinky fingernail. Five stringy spaghetti-like legs came off the body. The legs were somewhat inflexible. The whole thing was bone white. We found them several days in a row.

    Rent a kayak and you will have lots of cool things swim under you!

    I know not everyone will agree with me, but it was nice seeing a few dogs romping in the surf and barking at the waves. Our kids found out where the yellow lab was living and took him home when he got tired. And I always visit the dog wall to see who survived another year.
     
  7. CajunGal

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    I just got back...it was wonderful. Few crowds, lovely beaches.

    The sand dunes are gone & there will be major rebuilding of them...but the water was perfect, weather wonderful...my family did NOT want to leave this morning. We will return next summer!
     
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    Oh- and we found the weirdest little critter around the sandbars- possibly brittle starfish, but the picture we found does not match exactly. The main body was a small disk about the size of a pinky fingernail. Five stringy spaghetti-like legs came off the body. The legs were somewhat inflexible. The whole thing was bone white. We found them several days in a row.

    Rent a kayak and you will have lots of cool things swim under you!




    Cool!! We love to explore and experience nature too! Thanks for sharing.
     
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  9. BeachDreamer

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    I am glad you mentioned this! We're thinking about renting one for our trip later this month. How far out did you go? Did the kids go too, and were they okay with sea stuff swimming around under you? Did the kayak seem stable in the waves? Did you keep the kayak for the whole trip, or just rent one for a day? Got any pictures to share? Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing it with us! :clap_1:
     
  10. martin

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    OK - You guys are making us happy we didn't cancel. We will be there Sat.
    Does anyone know how the Eastern Lake inlet has ended up.
    Last picture I saw it was up around the boardwalk? Has it made back to normal? And how is that boardwalk coming off Cottage St and the Red Bar area? Thanks for all your help I've been watching the site, extremly helpful.
     
  11. Jdarg

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    We rented a 2-man for 5 days, and it was suprisingly cheap. I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to going out so far that I can't see the bottom, so I stayed in the "light" stripe (shallow) areas of water closer to shore. Still lots to see. The water was very calm, so stability was not an issue. My husband and son had no problem going far enough out where they couldn't hear me yelling to come back in closer! Many people were way out in the darker blue deeper water. We also used it in Western Lake- actually put in the lake every day and paddled down the outflow, then dragged it to our beach "spot" for the day. It was very useful for hauling our stuff off the beach at the end of the day!

    Yes we have some pics of kayaks, but better than that, the beautiful water and beach. Getting a few posted will require me to figure it out, so give me a few days!
     
  12. KY oyster eater

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    Thanks Kurt! You are a fountain of information. I was a little leery about coming down so soon, but the way it sounds we'll be there next Saturday. I certainly appreciate everbodies suggestions and help. Until then, take care. :bow:
     
  13. Kurt Lischka

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    The Eastern Lake outflow has been moved and is not open to the Gulf at this time:
    http://www.sowal.com/photos-072005.html
     
  14. martin

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    Sorry, That was Western Lake inlet I was refering to.
    Thanks
     
  15. BeachDreamer

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    Thanks jdarg, for the great info! I can't wait to see pictures - of everything, not just kayaks! - but I will be patient and let you recover first. :D I can understand the caution you'd have going out into the deep. Our lakes here are so red and muddy that you can't see more than a foot into the water, so I am not used to looking down into those depths and thinking - "Whoa, we are DEEP!". :blink: Nothing like floating on top of an enormous body of water, to make us realize how small and insignificant we really are!

     
  16. amylouky

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    Excellent! We're headed down on the 12th.. I can NOT wait. Our car is pretty well packed.. but, um, I guess we could strap you to the top? :dunno:
     
  17. amylouky

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    We'll be passing you on the way down.. we'll be going down the next Friday!
    By the way, hi neighbor! (J'town here too!)
     
  18. KY oyster eater

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    Howdy back to you neighbor! I'm originally from the Hikes Point area but enjoy living in J-town. Now if we can just get Mayor Clay to move into the 20th Century and approve Sunday liquor sales.....hahahaha. I've been traveling down Taylorsville Rd. all my life as I had an Aunt and Uncle who lived off Wilderness Trail when I was growing up. That is just past the Gene Snyder going out towards Fisherville, just before you get to the Pope Lick monster. We'll be sure to honk and wave at ya as we pass next weekend! Hopefully the weather will clear up. Seems by looking at the weather forecast that it has been thunderstormy down there for a while. Perhaps someone will update that for us. This message board is one of the best things I've ever seen. Thanks again to everybody for keepin us updated on what makes this the best place to vacation in Florida. :lol:
     

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