Visiting Jean in Panama City

When 1) your sister lives across the country, 2) you don’t fly, and 3) she happens to be someplace a little closer for a little while, you go visit her if you’ve got any chance at all. Not only did I take the chance, I got Dad to go with me!
We left Friday morning and the trip was long, but not too bad until we got to Atlanta. I have to say that I’ve never been through Atlanta at a good time of day (is there such a thing?), but this time was especially bad. We were traveling slowly, but steadily through Atlanta when all of a sudden, several police cars went screaming by on the shoulder. We wondered about it, of course, but they got off and we figured that was the last of them. No. As it turned out, there was a police officer shot just off the interstate (at the time, we didn’t know what was going on; we were sitting there wondering as cops came and went). Then, they tore down the ramp and closed the interstate. It was really frustrating to be three cars from having made it through the block, but when we were released, it was kind of nice to be at the front of the pack. After Atlanta, we didn’t have any trouble. We had a late dinner with Jean (thanks for waiting for us!) when we got to Florida, but that’s pretty much all we did Friday.
Saturday, we got up and went to breakfast (the hotel had lousy breakfast, so we ate out). After breakfast, we decided we wanted to take a pontoon boat out on the bays. The weather was amazing – the sun was out, it wasn’t too hot, the wind was low, and the waves were pretty non-existent…. We watched a tug push around a container ship that had just come into the bay. That was pretty awesome. We saw some dolphins as we were heading back with the boat, which was cool too. It was one of those days you want to capture in a bottle to savor again later. We spent the whole afternoon on the water and then went to dinner.

Unfortunately, Dad had to be back at work on Monday, so we left Sunday after breakfast. We were disappointed we couldn’t stay longer, but we had a really good time. It was nice to get to see Jean and it was nice to be the one to make the effort to visit for a change.

September/October 2015 album


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