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Old 28 Apr 21, 10:14 PM  
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Panhandle purgatory 2017.. NOW COMPLETE!

In 2017, I did a trip that involved some close friends who tagged along on a plan that I had. It was an interesting ‘experience’ and may well be useful in describing highs and lows of a rather intensive 15 days!
The trip covered the following.
Last minute loss of a Villa 3 weeks before departure.
Indirect via Atlanta into Pensacola .. with tension.
Pensacola Beach and the Margaritaville Hotel.
Pensacola Aviation Museum.
Mobile Alabama and the USS Alabama.
Destin
Henderson State Park.
Eglin armaments museum.
A huge storm wrecking plans
The 420 mile drive to Tampa
Hardrock Casino (very briefly).
An Officer (retired) and a gentleman eating the worst that Busch has to Offer.
Two families living under one roof in Davenport
Children feuding
Discovery Cove
Airboats
Daytona Beach
Flying indirect home from Daytona via Atlanta.
Post mortem

I appreciate that much of it is history, but much was also rather interesting at the same time with plenty that may be relevant to others. Some of the vacation was also well off the standard, beaten track and at locations that few Dibbers may have considered.

If there is appetite for this rather surreal experience, then I will start it in the next couple of days with an update most days, as if it was ‘live’.

If there is no appetite, then please tell.. I truthfully will not be offended.

Without further ado.. ‘The plan’ is at #7

and the detailed follow up on #19

The flight from hell to Pensacola is #26

‘Loving angels’ and Destin is at #36

Crabs, Islands, Tornado’s is at #41

I can see for miles and miles (trip from Destin and then, Hardrock Tampa is #46

Busch gardens is at 51

Disney and Seaworld. is at #63

Discovery Cove and then Boggy Creek, AQand SW plus Golden Coral is at #73

Kissimmee old town and Bahama Breeze is #84

Animal kingdom is #85

Aquatica, Cheesecakes and losing Matt. #86

Daytona Beach, then flying home is at #90

P.S If you are a foodie, then you may be bitterly disappointed!

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Old 28 Apr 21, 10:16 PM  
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Count me in! Love reading trip reports of all types. We went in 2017 so will definitely bring back memories
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Old 28 Apr 21, 10:20 PM  
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Old 29 Apr 21, 04:53 AM  
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100% please, sounds like a boss read
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Yes please. Love reading bout different experiences.
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Old 29 Apr 21, 06:11 AM  
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Definitely would love to read about your experience.
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Old 29 Apr 21, 06:59 AM  
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THE PLAN (AND AMBUSH).

We are (or were) a family of 4, with boys of 14 and 11 at the time of vacation.
We very much favour USA vacations of the DIY type and I am a prolific researcher of flights, destinations, bucket lists and the like. I spend many hours aimlessly researching and planning vacations, some of which come to fruition and some that do not.

It was a cold, wet May morning and I was both at work and at a loose end, dreaming of more interesting things...Holidays. I was looking at possible destinations for Easter of 2017, idly toying with Pensacola. I knew where it was, that there was a fantastic Naval Aviation Museum and that it was very much on the Coast. With a good beach.
Quick research and I found that it had a Margaritaville Hotel, right on that beach, something that might entice my long suffering wife, Mandie!

My thoughts turned to flights. I had date parameters. I had an objective. I needed something for my boys.. well that bit was easy, so Orlando must figure. I now needed a departure point.. preferably somewhere both cheap and interesting.. Daytona ! It has a speedway, we have never been there and it has a beach. perfect.

Google flights beckoned. A quick play and I had what seemed a great price, namely a flight into Pensacola via a 3 hour layover in Atlanta for immigration and customs and then a flight out of Daytona Beach with just a 1 hour , Atlanta layover... A 16 days split and £415 per person, £1660 including luggage with Delta. (1.32 Dollars to the pound).
It was clearly time to phone Mandie.. and quickly, at that!

THE NEGOTIATION.
A quick call and Mandie confirmed that she had never heard of Pensacola, that she liked Margaritaville, that she was always keen on Orlando and that she had heard of the Daytona 500. I was excited. She was excited and more importantly we had not discussed how we would get from Pensacola to Daytona Beach.

I put down the phone and booked it there and then. From idle browsing and no plan at all, to buying flights had taken half an hour! Of course this revelation had to go on Facebook. It was only right and proper.

That afternoon, when I got home, we began to fill in the dots between our flights. We came up with the following..

3 nights in Margaritaville to see the Naval Aviation museum.
A drive to Destin and stay 2 nights
A drive to 1 night in Tampa to preposition for Busch Gardens
A drive to Davenport, then 9 nights in a villa, to include Discovery Cove and Seaworld.
A drive to Daytona Beach, a look around, then fly home.
That was it!.. nothing more.

THE AMBUSH
It was rather fortuitous that we had formed a comprehensive? plan as my phone then rang.
It was some very good friends, Ann and Gary. We have known them many years. Ann, a Police Officer and former colleague and Gary, a very recently retired Naval Officer (aircrew). Ann even introduced me to my wife! Yes, good friends.
Ann does not do fuss and bother. The call was short. She liked the sound of my Facebook plan, wanted the flight details, was coming with us and would be booking her flights ASAP. It was clearly time to invite them.
Ann, Gary and son George were all sorted and the flights booked the very next morning. Ann does not hang about!

A meeting was arranged in order that we could flesh out the plan!.. To be continued...

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Yes please! We’ve considered the Panhandle for future trips so would be interested to see what you get up to. Sounds like there may have been some drama along the way too, and who doesn’t love a bit of drama


Edit - as if by magic your first instalment appeared as I was typing! I like the sound of Ann. ‘we’re coming with you’ Was there a silent ‘if you don’t mind?’. Or was it more a silent ‘Whether you like it or not’?

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Yes please! We’ve considered the Panhandle for future trips so would be interested to see what you get up to. Sounds like there may have been some drama along the way too, and who doesn’t love a bit of drama


Edit - as if by magic your first instalment appeared as I was typing! I like the sound of Ann. ‘we’re coming with you’ Was there a silent ‘if you don’t mind?’. Or was it more a silent ‘Whether you like it or not’?
Ann does not do ceremony. She is a truthsayer (as she sees it). A great friend to have.
There will be differences, drama and fun. I can assure you that we also remain extremely good friends.. who no longer vacation together. Whilst we love them dearly and in many ways are quite similar, once you get into the minutae, we are actually different in our vacation expectations and there is wrong with that. We still had a brilliant 16 days together and they are top company. I would guess that it is our family that are the more unusual when it comes to vacationing.

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Thanks Cornishfrogboy, looks like a good read, I’ll enjoy following your adventures x
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