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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park: Great for outdoor enthusiasts and families with natural wonders at every turn.

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Beach Trip Tips

There are few places on earth that match the beauty and tranquility of the beach.  Whether you are at the ocean, a lake, or a river side beach, make the most of your time at the beach while taking time to reflect on God’s goodness. Psalm 139: 17-18   How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. . . What to Know Before You Go . Choosing a Beach Destination Are you looking for peace and quiet or fun, excitement, and shopping?  Are you traveling with spouse, friends, or family? Determine this up front and you’re a step closer to picking your destination. Beaches, their sand and waters, vary around the continental United States. Gulf of Mexico sand is sugary...

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Florida’s Emerald Coast

There are beautiful beaches around the globe.  Some with picturesque mountain backdrops.  Others with crystal clear waters.  But for the best combination of sand and water, look no further than Florida’s Emerald Coast.  The Florida Panhandle is 100 miles of sugary soft white sand stretching from Panama City Beach in the east to Pensacola.  When I first began visiting this area, there were four primary destinations (listed east to west): Panama City Beach, often abbreviated to PCB, long ago earned the nickname of the Redneck Riviera. Since then, PCB emerged as one of the nation’s hot spots for college and high school spring breakers and has played host to MTV’s Spring Break.  PCB’s notorious “strip” is covered with night clubs and bars of the sort you’d probably want to steer clear of.  While this may not be the best...

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30A Beaches of South Walton FL

Once a best kept secret, now the Beaches of South Walton are recognized as some of the most beautiful in the world, and no, that is not an exaggeration.  Beaches of South Walton is a collection of 15 diverse beach communities, characterized by sugar-white sands, sea oats, sand dunes, and the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh and saltwater lakes and the Choctawhatchee Bay add many more miles of recreational waterfront to the destination . Sandestin:  At the western end of South Walton is Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offering visitors the option of beach or bayside condos or villas.  Its 2,400 acres and 72 holes of golf make this the Disney Land of northwest Florida beaches.  While a gated resort of high standards, the variety of accommodations don’t equate to high prices.  For more information or...

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Golden Isles of Georgia

Georgia’s Atlantic coast is dotted with barrier islands.  Among the best known and most popular for vacationers are the Golden Isles near Brunswick on the south central coast.  The four island cluster includes from north to south Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island.  The Golden Isles receive our vote as a Christian family friendly destination.  Two of the four islands are private greatly minimizing the risk of objectionable experiences while the other two islands are tame by tourist town standards.   Little St. Simons Island Little St. Simons Island is a private barrier island that opened for public access in 1979.  This natural gem has seven miles of beach and pristine acres to explore.  Seasonal activities include naturalist led birding trips, beachcombing, fishing, and river kayaking.  Day trips provide access to the beauty of...

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Sun Safety

Love tans… hate burns. Love Vitamin D stimulating rays… ignorant of Vitamin A risks. Get the sun screen facts.

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