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Ponce De Leon, We Are Here

Our actual crossing into Florida took us quite by surprise. The sign at the state line as we traveled down Alabama Highway 113 came and went in the blink of an eye. We were driving through what I think was the Alabama town of Fromarton, crossed a bridge over a railroad switching yard, and we were Century, Florida.

This road sign showing we are at a junction with Florida Highway 4 East was the first official indication we could find that we were indeed in Florida after we flashed by the Welcome sign.

One of the things we noticed during the first part of our drive through this part of the Florida panhandle was the hills. We both expected the terrain to be much flatter. The next thing we noticed was the poverty. Until we approached Pensacola proper most everything seemed poorly maintained and run down.

Things began to look up the closer we got to Pensacola and the area around our hotel is pretty nice. 2LT Son1 came out to the hotel and took us to dinner at Sonny's BBQ. It was a nice place with a friendly staff and good food. My only complaint was the corn-on-the-cob was overcooked.

Dinner was followed by an early bed time for K and me. The next day promised lots of adventure and we wanted to be well rested.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 28, 2015, 6:51 PM

Glad to know you made it in time for dinner like you were hoping. Have a great time.

bestwriter wrote on July 28, 2015, 11:08 PM

I felt as though I was travelling myself - great post this. I have been to Florida when I was touring the USA

ViperGirl85 wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:24 AM

I'm glad you made it there safely, and I hope you're enjoying the trip.

VinceSummers wrote on July 29, 2015, 8:43 AM

I was born and bred in New Jersey. There, only way you knew you'd left one town and entered another was a sign that told you so. There were no woods between towns, or rolling hills. If you drew a line between towns, you'd be putting pencil marks down properties and buildings on them.

CoralLevang wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:22 PM

I'm glad to hear that you made it safe and sound. Please tell your son that this old vet thanks him for his service.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:44 PM

Connecticut, my wife's home state, is much the same. They even abolished county governments there years ago.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:44 PM

I passed the word, and he said thank you and that it's a privilege to serve.

VinceSummers wrote on July 29, 2015, 10:05 PM

No county governments in Connecticut? Whoa!

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:59 AM

Hey, while you are at it, would you find out from Ponce where the Fountain of Youth is, and bring me back a bottle?

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 3:06 PM

Ponce got some bad intel. It was the fountain of middle age. I remember the Bellamy Brothers singing about it.