WINDS 25-30 MPH WAVES 10-13 FEET OCCASIONALLY 16
Sunset watchers here at St Joseph Peninsula State Park usually arrive with a wineglass; today an anchor might be advised.
Our short 60 mile venture along the coast was in bright sunshine with a steady tailwind. The wind was nearly parallel to the road but still sand flowed across in streams. As we turned Northwest at Cape San Blas to approach the Park, the wind was square on the coast and the twelve foot rip rap of Volkswagen-sized stones was being overtopped by the waves.
We would not have chosen site #72 -- we knew it flooded -- but it seems we lucked into the most protected site in the Shady Pines Loop. The other loop (appropriately called Gulf Breeze) is more open and the wind is blasting the campers at nearly the same strength as beyond the dunes on the beach.
We scurried to the beach and saw this...
In the morning, it was hysterical. (Of course, we were the only ones out there.)
I need a chinstrap for my ball cap!
If this is a "day at the beach...."
At one point we had our back to the surf --who wouldn't? -- when one of those 16 footers sent a stream of sea foam through our shoes followed by a little reminder that the water was chilly...