I have to admit that I was a little concerned whether I'd be able to tolerate the drive (12-1/2 hours) and whether I'd be able to enjoy my time away and whether I'd be able to keep up with everyone else and not be a burden. Thankfully my concerns were for naught ... I really didn't have much pain and was able to do whatever I wanted. The only activity I wasn't able to participate in was the snorkeling ... and only because I couldn't wear a mask over my glasses and I'm as blind as a bat without them. ;-)
The beach in the panhandle is absolutely the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's not the flat, solid beach conducive to walking (like the beach at Hilton Head). Even so, it was the beach, and we loved every minute of our time.
We were blessed with beautiful weather the first 7 days ... sunny and warm in spite of rain in the forecasts. Alas, the rain finally materialized the final 3 days ... thankfully there was a break in the rain each day so we could get back out to the beach.
Don't forget that you can click on the pictures to see them even better. ;-)
I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the best week of my life. The memories we made are priceless, and I will cherish them the rest of my life.