~“Finding Florida’s Lost City in an Orange Convertible”~

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM.

Recently, I flew into the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, north of Panama City Beach.  I was there to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Vernon, Florida Christmas Parade.  It was an honor and experience that I will always cherish.

I’m a wanderer, as in I love driving, looking at interesting things and talking to people.  After getting a fantastic rate on a rental car through one of those online bidding sites, I let two pretty girls behind the rental car counter talk me into paying a little extra for an orange convertible.

I’m so happy I did.

December in Florida is glorious – at least it was for the three or four days I was there.  The temperature was in the mid to upper 70’s and that was warm enough for me to justify exploring the Florida Panhandle with the top down in a mid-life crisis car.

It was just for four days.  Honestly, I became very attached to driving with the top down.  I’m sure a lot of folks got a kick out of seeing a 50 year-old fellow with a gray beard and glasses from the NASA Apollo Era driving around in an orange convertible Chevrolet Camaro playing old Christmas music really loud.

What did you expect me to be listening to?

Christmas comes to Florida, doesn’t it?  Of course it does!  As I see it, Florida would be a glorious place to spend Christmas.  No shoveling snow, no driving on ice and no opportunity to forget about the damper and smoke up the house.

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