Monday, March 25, 2013

Up and Down 30A

We were all up bright and early the next morning.  To get our bearings we decided take a drive up and down 30A. The scenic highway links all of the adorable little communities littered along the coastline in the South Walton area in Florida.  When the kids starting asking how we knew to bring them to such a beautiful place we decided our first stop had to be Rosemary Beach.  The neo-traditional town is a true paradise and Leif and I attended the wedding of our friends Scott and Ali there several years ago.  We showed the kids the lawn where they held their reception, the grassy flats where Leif and the boys played soccer and the beach where the gorgeous couple took their vows.  Emma and Finn thought it was very cool that their wedding guests  enjoyed some late night pizza and beer around a roaring bonfire on Rosemary's stunning beach, too!

 After strolling through Rosemary Beach we stopped in Seaside for an easy lunch at the food trucks made from converted Airstream trailers, Ali recommended we check out.  Emma's friend, Jack K, who also vacations in the area, insisted that Emma visit the grilled cheese peddling trailer called The Melt Down on 30A while Finn opted to visit Wild Bill's Beach Dogs.  Emma and Leif thought their grilled cheese sandwiches were perfect and Finn and I loved our hormone-free, nitrate-free, antibiotic free, all natural hot dog with mustard, relish, onion and kraut!

From there we put on our swimming suits and hit the beach!  With temperatures in the mid 70's we couldn't resist getting our feet wet and finding sand between our toes!  Despite slathering on the sunscreen, we all ended up with sunburns in strange places.  I guess our sensitive Chicago skin was shocked by all the sunny exposure it had today.

 A quick stop at Goatfeathers fish market ensured we were able to cook up some pristine shrimp to enjoy after a day filled with fun in the Florida sun!

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