Monday, September 24, 2012

Wed: A busy, fun filled day

Wednesday morning Shawn and I were busy the entire day.  The day's activities were actually based on what the ocean looked like when we woke up.  If the waters would of been calm and cleaner, then I was gonna beach it all day and Shawn was gonna golf.  But instead, the waters were rough and choppy so we decided to do a bunch of other things.  We got up early that morning, but didn't actually leave the house until 10:00 a.m.  Our first stop was Andy's Flour Power Restaurant.  Someone told Shawn about this place so we wanted to try it.  Shawn had an omlet and raisin toast and I had some sort of breakfast skillet with red potatoes, onions, ham, egg, tomato and cheese and a biscuit.  We also shared a single piece of their famous french toast.  Their food was good, but not the greatest. On your way out the door, they were giving everyone a free cookie and it was a big cookie, and yummy :)






After breakfast we went to Zoo World.  It is a smaller zoo, and on only seven acres of land so I knew it would be a fun little activity to do.  I love nature and animal photography and knew this would be a good place to get some upclose shots of the animals.  Usually I can zoom my lens through the holes in the cages but I was having a hard time with this yesterday :(  I had heard mixed reviews on the zoo - some loved it; some claimed it was cruel to animals since they didn't have alot of room to run around.  I agree with both statements.  We had a good time there, but I can see where it's kind of a run down place and not much room for some of the animals to roam; yet on the other hand with it being a small zoo, you have more upclose encounters with the animals. I created a seperate blog entry with pictures from Zooworld.  Click here to go to that.

After we left the zoo, we headed back to Pier Park to do some shopping for Shawn to get some new tennis shoes and then had lunch at Fatty's Sandwich Shop.  We only stopped there because of it's name (I always call Shawn and his brother this - Fatty!).  Haha!  It was pretty good.  I had a sloppy joe sandwich and Shawn had a philly cheesesteak sandwich, and then we both had brocolli cheese soup.



After we ate lunch, we had about an hour to so before we needed to head to the marina so we paid the $2 each to get on the pier and just walked to end and back and watched people fish until it was time to leave. 






Time got away from us at the pier and we were running late for the Sea Screamer.  Luckily they hadn't left yet and then another couple got on even later than us so it was all good.  The Sea Screamer was one of the best things we did the whole week!  It was so much fun!  The captain of the boat and his deck hand were super friendly and very knowledgeable of the area and made the trip alot of fun.  They constantly had some great beachy tunes playing in the background that made the trip that much more fun.  We also shot off the cannon at a couple locations which was fun.  But the best part was the dolphins!  We saw so many dolphins!  I got a few shots of some jumping out of the water off in the distance, and then the ones of the dolphins riding in the waves of the boat.  Priceless!  I'm so glad I brought my big camera with me and then brought my telephone zoom lens.  It was great and helped capture the best dolphin pictures!  I created a seperate blog entry with pictures from the Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise.  Click here to go to that.

We ate dinner at J. Michaels that night.  A girl I am friend with on FB recommended it to us and I'm so glad we went.  It was my favorite meal of the week!  I had the chicken fetticunie and Shawn had a seafood combo platter.  It was yummy!  I wish we would of had more time cause I would of loved to have eaten there again.





We drove a different road home that evening and found an active go-kart track for Shawn to ride the go-karts.  He said it was the best one he's ever riden.  There is quite a few go-kart/putt putt type amusement parks here, but they all seem to be either run down or shut down for the summer, so I'm glad we happened upon this one. 

Sea Screamer Sunset Dolphin Cruise

On Wednesday when we were in PCB, we went on the Sea Screamer dolphin cruise.  What a fun thing to do!!  I had always seen these boats when we were in Destin and wanted to do it, but we never got the chance.  This is something we will definitely do again the next time we are in the area!  The captain of the boat and his deck hand were super friendly and very knowledgeable of the area and made the trip alot of fun. They constantly had some great beachy tunes playing in the background that made the trip that much more fun. We also shot off the cannon at a couple locations which was fun. But the best part was the dolphins! We saw so many dolphins! I got a few shots of some jumping out of the water off in the distance, and then the ones of the dolphins riding in the waves of the boat. Priceless! I'm so glad I brought my big camera with me and then brought my telephone zoom lens. It was great and helped capture the best dolphin pictures!





We drove by Shell Island.  Touring Shell Island was one of the things on our to-do list that we didn't get to do :( 


We spotted a bubble jellyfish in the water.  They aren't dangerous so they stopped and scooped it up for people to see and touch up close. 






This is the pier at St. Andrews State Park that Shawn and I got our pictures taken at.  There was a couple getting married when we drove by! 



I learned later in our trip about the St. Andrews Bay Ferry.  This is definitely something we will do next time we are in PCB.






















Zooworld

On Wednesday while we were in PCB, we went to Zooworld for a little bit.  It was a nice little zoo which made for viewing the animals better.  At the same time though, because it was a smaller zoo, there wasn't much room for the animals to roam around :(