Wednesday, March 3, 2021
I spent the morning exploring the very cool marsh of St. Andrews State Park as I posted previously. By the time I got back, Martha was ready to go for a walk on the beach. It is a beautiful, white sand beach guarded by big, white sand dunes. The waters of the gulf are clear and blue-green. They call it the Emerald Coast for good reason.
By 11:30 the group was ready to go explore Historic St. Andrews. We parked and walked around the small downtown. We had lunch at the “happening” Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant. At noon on a Wednesday there were four ladies sitting on a bench outside. Sandra asked if they were waiting, and they said, yes they were. Sandra went inside to give her name. We played some corn hole while we waited.
Going inside, the little place was packed, and the staff was hustling. Two guys behind the bar were shucking oysters constantly. We ordered a dozen steamed oysters as a starter, and they were great. Ruff and Sandra had the seafood platter and split it, while Martha and I split a red snapper dinner with fried okra and green beans. For our continued contest, we shared a piece of key lime pie. We put this one into first place, just ahead of Kate’s. Everyone rated all the food as excellent; service excellent; atmosphere diner-style, bustling, good people watching, all sorts.
We continued our walk around the small town along the water, out on Barefoot on The Bay Bar and Grill’s waterfront grill; then around Uncle Ernie’s Brewhouse and the Salty Hobo’s house. Martha bought some sandals in Sunjammers, a nice kayak store.
The evening routine is to sit around the fire discussing the day’s events with a few nibbles. It is Martha’s favorite part.