It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
- Sep 23, 2004
Actually, Pluto, DD informs me that she upgraded the default meat option (chicken) to mahi mahi (which either came from the Gulf or Brazil - they "try" to locally source) as well as the avocado upgrade - I need to look at my receipt more closely, don't I?Did the chicken or the vegetables come from the Gulf?
Picnic Beach Website "About Us"
It aims to have something for anybody - vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, seafood, bbq, salad, etc. I liked it but I would rate it 4th in my foodie rankings for this week (Original Oyster House, Sunliner Diner, and Desoto's in order and all excellent precede PB).
It didn't take long after lunch and a respite to finish up the puzzle. These little 750p puzzles are no match for my crowd (as I said I mostly supervise).
(Having an issue with Photobucket tonight so doing the direct upload for these pix).
It was getting a little late in the afternoon so I headed over to Little Lagoon Pass. On the way out the check-in lanes were rocking on a Friday afternoon here at Gulf State Park.
Sorta sad now that it's almost as hard to get a reservation at Gulf as it is to get one at the Fort (especially on a weekend). November-March are really limited as snowbirds book up nearly all but 50 sites with monthly reservations. I got a site for a November weekend about two months ago but it's way in the back which is fine for that time of year. But April-October just book as early as you can. However, I will say I have met three people this week who were all having to move off their current site and relocate to another site to keep their stay going (you reserve a specific site). It's back-to-back reservations at different sites. Folks do what they have/want to.
The Pass is a neat place from an environmental science point of view. It's located about 3 miles west of the Hwy 59/Beach Hwy intersection (the Tee). I've circled it on the map below in yellow on the left side.
Ever wonder where all the water in the lakes at GSP goes? The lakes are spring fed . Besides evaporating, the water flows through the marsh from the east side of Hwy 59 to the west side just north of Waterville and into Little Lagoon. Little Lagoon has an interesting history (which I won't bore you with) but in the end the state is required to keep the pass between the Lagoon to the north and the Gulf to the south open and clear of sediment (to a minimum level). At high tide, Gulf seawater flows NORTH into the lagoon. At low tide, water from the lagoon (a brackish mix of fresh and salt water) flows SOUTH into the Gulf. It creates an interesting dynamic.
A city pay parking lot is on the northeast corner of the bridge over the Pass.
It is a pay parking lot with a machine that take cards at the restroom building.
Not too expensive to park.
On the parking lot side (north) of the bridge and highway is the lagoon side. It's shallow close to shore (the whole lagoon is only 4-6 feet deep with some parts of the pass a little deeper). This place is popular for people who want to wade in shallow water (small kids) and look for sea life in the sand and current.
Yes there is a lifeguard stand (and one also down on the southeast side of the pass on the Gulf beach side, #10).
Out in the distance you can see the dredge that is currently at work removing the sediment from the pass and keeping it clear to allow the flow of water in both directions. Here is a close up of the dredge.
Gonna roll to the next post.