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Places Visited: Panama City Beach, St Andrews State Park


November 22 through November 27 St Andrews State Park Panama City Beach, Florida. $26.00 for 30amps, water & central dump.
www.floridastateparks.org 850-233-5140 N30° 08.168' W85° 44.121' www.reserveamerica.com (1-800-326-3521)

Panama City Beach is an amazing beach resort. The snow white beaches make it one of the top resorts in the country. When we visit Panama City Beach we like to stay in St Andrews State Park. This time was no different.



Sites in St Andrews State Park are spacious and generally provided with ample shade. Shade is something you want in the summer when this campground and the State Park is an active place.










This picture was taken from the pier on the Grand Lagoon side of the campground area in St Andrews State Park.

World famous Bay Point Condominium complex is visible across Grand Lagoon from the campground in St Andrews State Park.








World famous Bay Point marina is located directly across Grand Lagoon from the campground in St Andrews State Park.




Joyce caught this blue heron paroling the tidal area along the shoreline in the campground.










During the winter in St Andrews State Park activity on the water is at a minimum. The water is slick as a mill pond on Grand Lagoon. Blue herons work the tidal flats in search of unsuspecting fish.













Sea oats are in fine form this time of year. The trick is finding heads of oats that have not been stripped of oats. Deer and birds alike feed on sea oats plus they are ravaged by wind and thunder storms.











Looking west from atop the nice pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico at the State Park gives you an idea of the wall to wall condominiums that stretch to the horizon.










The coloring of sea oats changes dramatically depending on which way the sun strikes them. Sometimes glimmering sometimes rustic but always beautiful.









The sable palm is Florida's state tree. St Andrews State Park has an abundance of these awesome trees.












The late afternoon sun really provides great light on these beautiful sea oats.













From different angles the coloring of sea oats varies from golden to rustic.












Panama City pass is located on the eastern end of St Andrews State Park. During the winter no one is in sight. During the summer the place is crowded. Over Thanksgiving the campground at the State Park was full. What a difference a day makes.







One afternoon we were in position as the sun dropped into the western sky. That is the pier stretching into the Gulf of Mexico from St Andrews State Park.









Sea oats overlooking quiet water on the bay side of St Andrews State Park.






Until next week remember how good life is.

Mike & Joyce Hendrix







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