Visiting Panama City Beach – Day 1
Our first day at Panama City Beach in Florida, we had rain for most of the day. While waiting out the rain, I took this picture from the balcony of our little condo room. I liked the bright splash of color the two umbrellas made amidst all that darker colors of surf and sand.
There was a pier on down the beach shrouded in mist because of all the rain.
The sun finally did peep out for a couple of short periods, and we took ourselves off to the beach. When we walked along the beach, there were lots of these little birds darting back and forth following the waves as they came in and out.
These little Sanderlings (Calidris alba) scurry along the surf line probing the sand with their long bills to find tiny crustaceans, mollusks, marine worms and insects.
There were lots of gulls, too. My favorite was this pirate version – a one legged gull:
He hopped along in great pirate fashion, and having one leg didn’t seem to hinder the bird in any way.
People were out enjoying the ocean almost as soon as the sun came out. I enjoyed watching this daddy playing with his little girl, and listening to her laugh with delight when the waves splashed her legs.
Some of the braver souls were giving parasailing a try. (For the record, I wasn’t one of them, ha, ha!)
That’s about all we did the first day. . . walk along the beach after it quit raining, and drove around a little to check out the town. We explored further afield as the week went on however!