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Eating & Buying gas across the country

Leaving Pensacola, we decided to take it easy and view the coast. We're easygoing like that! US98 to 30A back on 98 to US 19: down thru Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Ft. Walton, Destin, Miramar, Sandestin, we stopped for lunch at Seaside (think of The Truman Show). This was a very homogeneous village, and not only did all the houses look the same, so did all the people. Struck us humorous that with the cold snap that blew thru causing the rain in Pensacola, dropped temps into the high 30s overnight, and all the spring breakers got up that morning and said, "I'm at the beach on spring break, so I'm gonna dress like it." Yep, mid 40's to 50's and they were all in flip flops, tanks, swimsuits and short shorts. They all looked cold. We, on the other hand were layered and looked like we were dressed for 45 degree windy weather. We look out of place, but we weren't freezing. And we found a nice little restaurant in the center of the village that was pet friendly so Pancake could join us on the covered & sheltered patio. She enjoyed all the kids nearby who would hold their food too low. She's such a good girl!
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Back on the road thru Panama City, jet fighter training at Tyndall AFB, Port St. Joe, and afternoon break in Apalachicola for a little puppy shop which had a play yard for the Cakers & so many treats; who knew she'd like the salmon treats?
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Back on the road again: Carrabelle, St. Teresa, Sopchoppy, Medart & overnight accommodations at Crawfordville. Questioning the hotel clerk, the only real restaurant was next door, but "you have to be prepared...it's bingo night." Must a been 100 players who, when we walked in late, all looked at us like, "you're not from around here are ya?" But, the blackened fish & shrimp dinner was awesome. And the beer turned green as the night wore on.
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Next morning, we hopped on 98 to Perry and turned right on 19 heading down toward the Tampa area. Athena, Tennille, Cross City, Chiefland, Inglis stopping for a late lunch at Crystal River. Nice little cafe that Amy ran with her "old lady" friends. Sat on the patio, but they had something against Pancake. It was ok, after all that riding in the car, she needed a nap anyway. Back in" Homosassa Springs, Weeki Wachee (we didn't stop to see the mermaids but we will be back), Hudson (home of the infamous crematorium story), Port Richey, New Port Richey and the start of a search for a storage unit & apartment (maybe).

The old 2000 F150 made the whole trip pulling the Uhaul trailer with no issues, other than how hungry it was (make that 9 refueling stops). The passenger in the Lincoln was very quiet. Nice! As we get into the city, we're finding it harder to find pet friendly locations. We still don't know what they have against Pancake. She's a good little girl!
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Pensacola up close and guided

Oh, it rains in Florida, too!

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We had a short drive to Pensacola today and managed to do it before the rains caught up with us. Meeting up with Corey Walrod, who we met thru the Murphy's, for a late lunch, he then entertained us for the rest of the day. Perfect seafood lunch, then a stop at the local craft tap house, then some ice cream, and wandering around downtown Pensacola along with an extensive tour of the area including Gulf Breeze and the East Hill area. Terrific tour guide, extensive knowledge of Pensacola and all the Florida Gulf Coast. He was a tremendous help to helping us plan, something we've really not done much of on this drive. After driving us around all afternoon in the rain, he realized that we needed a nap. Meeting up again in the evening he treated us to dinner at 5 Sisters Blues Cafe: meatloaf, fried chicken, mac n cheese, and mashed taters 'n gravy. Yep we'll sleep well tonight!
A nice respite in the trip; and good info about a potential location: Pensacola...

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