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Okaloosa County

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  • Day11

    Miami??? Destin is the place to be!

    April 17, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Pläne wurden umgeworfen. Orlando wird ignoriert, evtl wird's später Tallahassee. Aber erstmal zum Strand, haben ja schon viel drüber gehört. Und ja, die Gerüchte sind wahr. Mich erinnert der weiße Strand an Cancun, allerdings ist das Wasser nicht soooo klar. Trotzdem echt schön hier, eigentlich noch schöner, nicht so langweiliges Wasser, wenig los. Und endlich auch mal richtige Baywatch Jungs mit roten Höschen gesehn :D
    Nach einem chilligen Morgenspaziergang geht's jetzt also erstmal nach Panama City, zum Ripley's Believe it or not. Gut, dass ich nicht fahren muss, kann ich gleich noch weng Margarita trinken :)
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  • Day87

    30°23'29" N 86°30'24" W

    December 21, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We are safe at anchorage!! We have temporary fixed the sail catch and have the main sail back in its track. Everyone is getting ready for a big dinner and some sun- downers. Its been great fun and we are ready to party and meet new people.Read more

  • Day10

    Auf nach Destin

    April 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nachdem es gestern ja etwas länger wurde, ist es heut echt schwer rauszukommen. Aber irgendwann muss ja mal, außerdem müssen wir ja noch weiterplanen, haben ab sofort ja wieder kein Hotel mehr. Also schnell Sachen packen, bei nem Vietnamesen was essen (was n lecker Chilli Lemongrass Chicken, und das erste mal gesundes Essen), dort das nächste Hotel auf halber Strecke Richtung Orlando buchen. Destin, wir kommen. Soll dort ja traumhafte Strände geben.
    Unterwegs der obligatorische Stop an den Grenzen, und nachts wird an ner Tankstelle noch beim Subway eingekehrt. Und hier gibt's auch "Tabakpfeifen" mit Hello Kitty...
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  • Mar14

    More Friends

    March 14 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    I absolutely LOVE that I am seeing so many of my friends on this leg of my trip! But first things first.

    I rolled out of Micki's at 08:00 this morning in 38°F, but the roads were dry and the sun was shining. I squiggled to several dealerships, then arrived in Panama City Beach to see Molly. I forgot about going back to Central Time, so she was still at work when I got to town. So I went to the beach by Tussell-Fields Pier

    I had a scoop of creamy, chocolatey, coconutty heaven from Kilwins Ice Cream and Fudge. Ohhh my, it was sooo good. I stood on the boardwalk/sidewalk overlooking the beach getting weird looks because I was still in my leathers, but I didn't care. The sun was warm and the ice cream was cold. It was a great 30 minutes.

    Then I was off to see Molly. We met in Germany and I hadn't seen her since 2015. After a short chat and a couple of hugs, I left to see another friend, two actually; they're married.

    I also met Chris and Lauren in Germany, and Chris and I were in Afghanistan together in 2017. I was surprised to be greeted by Brewster, Lauren's 14-year-old Australian Shepherd, whom I also knew in Germany. It is very possible he remembered me because she said he started acting like a pup while I was there. Aaww 🤗.

    I was also so happy to finally meet their beautiful five-year-old daughter Annabelle and their foster daughter Tamaya. Despite both Chris and Lauren being active duty Air Force, they have opened their home and hearts for foster children. I don't know how they do it, but they do. I am very lucky to have these amazing people call me friend. And, yes, I forgot to take a selfie with them 🤦. Love you both so much!

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 29 mileage: 434.3 (total 7175.5)
    HD Dealerships: 5 (total 141)
    National Parks: 0 (total 20 in 13 states)
    10 Rides for 2022: 0 (total 1 of 10)
    MCGTTX Stops: 0 (total 0 of 50)
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  • Day87

    30°22'51" N 86°30'33" W

    December 21, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We are now entering the channel to Destin Harbor. The Channel is very tricky with shoals and incorrect chart depths. The paper Gov charts/Navionics/and my GPS are incorrect. We got in safely without running aground however be aware when you traverse through. We are excited to be here and we are looking forward to the fun to come.Read more

  • Day3

    We got ready then ate dinner!

    July 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We ate at McGuire’s and it’s really good,daddy and mommy got steaks and brody and I got hamburgers. We also got to write on a dollar bill and put it on the wall! We also got some good pics of the ocean!Read more

    Retha Howard

    I LOVE McGuires!! Glad you had great meals and fun!

    7/21/19Reply
    Makenna Howard

    I live it too!!

    7/21/19Reply
    Makenna Howard

    Love not live😂

    7/21/19Reply
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  • Day13

    It's Cold in Florida!

    April 1, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    After my Tallahassee stop, I continued West, eventually picking up US-98, on to Panama City Beach and then the Fort Walton Beach area. I got to see a couple of friends from my time in Georgia that I haven't seen since 2010. Too long, but great to catch up in person versus Facebook. (But I forgot to take a picture ☹️.)

    I treated myself to a hotel across the highway from the beach on Okaloosa Island. Luckily, I was off the bike and in the beachfront restaurant before the rain came. Wow! What a storm!

    I woke up this morning really cold. Yesterday was 90°F, but this morning it was 50! So I put on just about all of my clothes and left the hotel at 10:00. Brrr! the wind chill was crazy cold!

    Now I'm having lunch with a retired military buddy who I knew in Germany. Small world!

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 12 mileage: 384.1 (total 3252.7)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 2 (total 38)
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  • Day49

    Las Cruces to Texas

    January 13, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    We Left Las Cruces and headed to Davis Mountains State Park - deep in Western Texas. Why you might ask. One word - Marfa. We had heard of Marfa on our way to California earlier in December, and then our good friend Vince was going there - so we figured - better see it now because who knows when we’ll be this way again, etc etc. All we knew about Marfa was that it was a mecca for art installations and that “art installation” is sometimes considered a vulgar expression. We ended up going to Davis Mountains State Park because that is the closest state park to Marfa.

    I took some ordinary shots of landscape between Las Cruces and the Davis Mountains of Western Texas just trying to convey the vastness of Texas. Some are in my previous blog post and some I hope will be with this one. Beautiful light, beautiful expanses of land. Texas continues to amaze.

    We got to the State Park at a beautiful time of the day - the magic hour in movie parlance - and set up camp for the night. By the way, this State Park is beautiful and as usual, we paid about $25.00 a night to stay. The odd animal in this park is a Javalina, which looks like a boar but is called a peccary and is not in the pig family

    As we set up camp a family came by and told us about the McDonald Observatory which was just up the road, and something happening that night called a “Star Party.” The Observatory is affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin and is located at the top of one of the Davis Mountain Peaks. We went to an early twilight show, in addition to the “Star Party.” The earlier show was over my head, a grad student type talking about “plane of the ecliptic” and reporting there were actually 13 zodiac signs - the 13th one being Ophiuchus. I left the lecture and took the sunset picture below. At 7:00 we went to the Star Party and that was lovely. The Observatory takes light pollution very seriously - kids with those sneakers that make light had to get masking tape to put over their sneaks. Our lecturer was knowledgeable and accessible and we saw some great cosmic sites but the piece de resistance of the evening was going around to the various telescopes set up and seeing what was on the menu for this night. We went to two and saw nebulae and Uranus!

    The next morning we drove the twenty miles to explore Marfa. Marfa owes its fame to Donald Judd, an artist who worked from the forties to the beginning of the nineties. I thought I had read somewhere that Judd first became familiar with Marfa due to being stationed there, there used to be an Army base here, but have not been able to confirm that. He worked in many different mediums but what we went to see in Marfa were his concrete structures.

    I think Judd may have been one of the first artists to have others construct his work and he defended this practice arguing that methods should not matter as long as the results create art. He also advocated for permanent installations for his work and that of others believing that temporary exhibitions, being designed by curators for the public, “placed the art itself in the background, ultimately degrading it due to incompetency or incomprehension.” That’s a quote from Wikipedia! Judd rented his first house in Marfa, which is really truly in the middle of nowhere, in 1971 in part to have space for his art to be permanently displayed. Over the years he bought thousands of acres, some of them from the Army, and used all of them for various purposes related to his art, and of course, living space. Some of these lands are now managed by the the Chinati Foundation whose purpose is to keep art in the space in which it was created. Other artists are housed here as well, but we focused on Judd.

    A note on the town of Marfa itself: I don’t know what we expected but Marfa surprised us. It was on the whole very unprepossessing and hard to figure out. It is very underdeveloped except for some chichi hotels and stores which look crazily out of place. We did manage to find a really good place to have breakfast and I, of course, captured the food below.

    From Marfa we drove to Austin where we had mundane business things to take care of - car’s 12,000 mile checkup, etc. We did many of the same things we did in Austin on our first visit with the exception that we tried a different bbq place, The Salt Lick, located in Driftwood, Texas. You have to go to a place like that just because of the name, right? We left Austin after two nights to visit Galveston, a town that for some unclear reason I have aways wanted to see. Fortunately Harry agreed!
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    Travels with Jack and Sam

    a sample of wide open spaces

    1/13/18Reply
    Travels with Jack and Sam

    ditto

    1/13/18Reply
    Travels with Jack and Sam

    Hey! there's are camper!

    1/13/18Reply
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  • Day8

    Dinner at Brotula's

    July 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Amazing food. Mommy had grouper w/ lobster on it, Daddy had Red snapper w/ spicy crab on top, Brody had Crab Legs and I ate chicken tenders

    Retha Howard

    Wow!!! That looks delicious!!

    7/26/19Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Okaloosa County, مقاطعة أكلووسا, Окалуса, ওকালোসা কাউন্টি, Condado de Okaloosa, Okaloosa maakond, Okaloosa konderria, شهرستان اوکالوسا، فلوریدا, Okaloosan piirikunta, Comté dOkaloosa, Okaloosa megye, Օկալուսա շրջան, Contea di Okaloosa, オカルーサ郡, Okaloosa Comitatus, Okaloosa Kūn, Hrabstwo Okaloosa, اوکالوسا کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Okaloosa, Округ Окалуса, اوکالوسا کاؤنٹی، فلوریڈا, Quận Okaloosa, Condado han Okaloosa, 奧卡魯沙縣

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