Our memorable trips are many, but one that really stands out was a ride to Appilachicola Florida. Being a pair of history buffs, Barb and I were suprised to find that this little seaside town was, at one time, the natural sponge capitol of the world! (remember "Sea Hunt"?) The town is a tourist trap now, but all the old photos, and buildings told a very cool story. Imagine huge lots, 'bout the size of a Wal-Mart parking lot, with rows and rows of sponges stacked chest high! From little bitty sponges to ones that were the size of a VW Beetle! Perveyors from the world would sail to this place to buy/sell their sponges. This all started WAY before SCUBA gear!!! Appilchicola is also famous for its oysters, harvested daily in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The ride started in Panama Beach, and we had a beautiful time. If any of you get a chance, head on down! Also, Xtratcho is close by, if you catch him off his ship and at home with his beautiful girls in PCB. That alone is worth the trip!
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