The Calm Before the Storm (part 2)

Journal Entry: Saturday – December 6, 2014

We got up this morning, packed and then headed out (in the car, this time) to find a place to get a biscuit. We ended up at a Burger King, several miles away in the ghetto part of Pensacola! LOL!

After that, we headed to the Perdido Key Beach area of Florida, to look for the south’s famous Flora-Bama!

This is a bar / restaraunt that sits on the beach, right on the Florida-Alabama state line. It’s been there since 1964, the same year that I was born! I was happy to learn that! There is a time line of the history of the Flora-Bama on their webpage. It’s pretty interesting. It’s been through hurricane’s and fires, but always bounces back! Lots of famous people have been there and several musical artists have written songs about it, including Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffet. 

Check out Kenny’s song and video HERE!

The Flora-Bama is a cool place! We hung out in the gift shop while we waited for it to open at 11:00. This is where I discovered that it opened in 1964. 

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While we waited for them to open, they let us walk around and take pictures. I loved it!! (a couple of years later, I got to go back at nighttime! THAT is another story for another day!)

We walked out on the beach, too. VERY PRETTY!! This is the same beach that Kenny Chesney had done his big concert on, back in the summer. It’s a HUGE beach!

Once they opened, we had a beer and some cajun oysters! YUM! I can’t believe that I like oysters, now. I always thought that they were grose! I got to try them once at a friends house, who cooked them Rockefeller style, and they were awesome! 

After we left there, we headed back through Pensacola to get to Pensacola Beach where our next hotel was – The Margaritaville Hotel!!! WAHOO!! This was THE most beautiful hotel that I’ve ever stayed at!! OMG! WOW! It felt like we were on an island somewhere in the caribbean! Our room overlooked the gulf and had a balcony! And from the elevator hallway, we had a view of the bay. Also, very pretty!

I fell in love with the bed in the room! The headboard looked like shutters. The bathroom was HUGE! The shower could have fit me, Hubs and BOTH of our big Golden Retrievers in it, easily! It was a huge walk-in tiled shower, surrounded by glass. SO nice!

The staff at the hotel were awesome! They made me feel so special because it was my birthday. We got a free Christmas ornament and free margarita’s, which were THE best I’ve ever had! (Of course. It’s Margaritaville!)

We changed into our UGA shirts (University of Georgia) and headed out to find a place to drink and watch the SEC Championship game. We went to one place and then walked around and found another. We ended up staying there and hanging out at the bar where we met some new friends. They were two young guys from Arizona who were truck drivers. One was named, Justin. He was a cutie! He was also a UGA fan! YAY! He was originally from Chicago. (I’m not sure how he became a UGA fan) 

The other guy was named Murphy. He was orginally from the Samoan Islands. (I thought he was Hawaian!) Once he learned that it was my birthday… he started buying us drinks and SHOTS!! It was crazy!! Then, we met another guy named Jay and his girlfriend, Winda. They were our age. They were super nice, too. We all had a blast together! Murphy even asked me to dance with him!! I love to dance and rarely get to, since Hubs won’t. Murphy gave me his hat, too. He was a sweetie! Hubs had to drag me away and back to the hotel — literally! I was SO drunk, but had THE best time!! 

Oh … by the way… Saturday, it was 78 degrees and sunny! PERFECT weather! 

I am still friends with Winda and Justin on Facebook. (He’s still out west and still single!)

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Celebrating my 50th birthday! What a great night with some great people!