Surprise....It's BEEN open.
At least it has been for a little while. It has been so long since the 12-mile road through Gulf Islands National Seashore was clear that I forgot to keep up with it's status. This road connecting Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach is open for the first time since 2005 when Hurricane Dennis destroyed the recently completed repairs from Hurricane Ivan.
J. Earle Bowden Way (or Beach Road as most people call it) has a very special place in my history. It's where my husband proposed to me in 2001. I remember driving the stretch of road and marveling at the miles and miles of pristine white sandy coastline.
So we, as in my husband and I, have decided to make a commemorative bike trip along Beach Road. We drove last time, but we need the exercise this time. And if I remember correctly, there are several "rest stops". We can do it. Now, I'm off to tell my husband about our new plans. And to buy/borrow some bikes.
I have a cool new video camera, so I'll be sure to get video.