The Gulf of Mexico was only a short drive away from the lodge , and we squeezed in a short walk on the beach towards Alligator point after we got settled. We didn't make all the way to Alligator point on our walk, but there would be lots of other beach walks. Alligator point is in the far distance.
We were only about 40 miles south of Tallahassee, so we made a visit to the Capital building as well as the old capital building. The current capital was built in 1977 and represents the "New Classicism". The main tower is 22 stories tall with an observation floor on the 22nd story offering some nice panoramic views. The interior is a lot more interesting than the exterior.
Another day we drove all the way to Point Joe and St. San Blas exploring beaches as well as the little town of Apalachicola...nearly 80 miles one way. We had fresh local oysters at Up The Creek, raw bar, as they call them in this area..yummm.
There are lots of rivers and wildlife preserves within a short drive of Panacea. One day we paddled the Wakulla River all the way to St. Marks with our friends Peter and Carolyn. It was a beautiful relaxing four or so mile paddle down the quiet river.
Another day we paddled the Wicissa River. Originally, we had planned to paddle 10 miles down the river, but after doing some research we determined the take out would involve too long a shuttle, so we opted to just paddle down the river for a while and then paddle back. The river was much wider and more shallow than the Wakulla and the current was very slow. There was an abundance of wildlife including alligators, river otters, turtles, snakes, deer and many different birds. I've never seen river otter in the wild before, so that was a real treat for me. They moved pretty fast and were shy so I wasn't able to get any picture of them.
Bald Point State Park is just a few miles down the road, and one afternoon we walked all the way to the point enjoying the white sandy beaches.
The point looks over towards Panacea.
We left this quiet area very early on Tuesday morning and headed for Gulf Island National Park so check back for pictures of more white sandy beaches and more adventures.