The Florida Caverns State Park is in the central time zone – which meant that it was still only 4 p.m. when I finished my visit. On a Sunday, nothing in historic Marianna was open, and my choice was to check into an inexpensive chain motel or keep moving.
The point of road-tripping is to go where the wind takes you, and I opted to head south – yes, out of my way – to Panama City Beach.
This is a place that has always reveled in the joys of kitsch, and Goofy Golf and T-shirt shops are still going strong. But many of the hotels and motels aren't. What hurricanes haven’t claimed, the developers have. Though the beach itself is still glorious, you'll have to brave a gauntlet of massive high-rises to find it. It’s a disappointment.
· 642 miles
Expenses:· Breakfast: home
· Lunch: A sandwich from home
· Gas refills: $62.59
· Motel: $72 (includes internet and breakfast)
· Park and caverns: $11.60
· Tolls: $13
· Dinner: $20
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Posted by DARCOS CRUZ at 7:31 PM