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Took a December Gulf Coast Drive

Enjoyed a few nice days along the Gulf Coast of Florida. The weather even got warm enough to drive with the top down once I unloaded at the hotel room.

The photos through the windshield were taken with my GoPro video camera, and the photos of the car were taken with my cell phone.

There are many places where you can drive along the Gulf and enjoy the scenery.

I hope you snowbirds enjoy.

















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Nice pics! Sadly, am here freezing my ?!?&! in Toronto buried in snow.
Wish I was driving my Sol along the Gulf Coast.

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i was at clearwater beach today...arrived with the top down and weather was pretty good for december.my car turned 38,000 miles on the causeway on the way there.
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Nice - I haven't been to the Gulf Coast in quite a while; miss it.
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The weather even got warm enough to drive with the top down once I unloaded at the hotel room.
I drove with the top down just two days ago; bright, sunny day, little wind, 17 degrees. Of course, I wore a hat and coat, and had the heater on full blast. :O

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Nice - I haven't been to the Gulf Coast in quite a while; miss it.
I do take issue with I drove with the top down just two days ago; bright, sunny day, little wind, 17 degrees. Of course, I wore a hat and coat, and had the heater on full blast. :O
But for you that WAS a warm day.

I guess it is all relative. I had a fleece jacket on because it was in the low 60s.
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Did you catch any of that storm late this afternoon?
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Thanks for the story and pics it does help to get me through our cold winter hibernation season (even though it has to be done vicariously) through posts like this. I always "try" and convince myself that it will be worth it once that first warm day arrives and driving the Solstice's will feel just a little more special then if we could drive them all year around.

I occasional go out in the garage and pull the car covers off to remind myself that they really are there. But that last about five minutes before the cold begins to convince me that its time to cover them back up and retreat to the warmth of our home.

Enjoy them folks, I'd be doing the same thing if we lived in a year-round warm climate.

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Did you catch any of that storm late this afternoon?
Got back to the hotel before the storms rolled in. Tucked the car in at the lee side of the hotel.
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Thanks for the story and pics it does help to get me through our cold winter hibernation season (even though it has to be done vicariously) through posts like this. I always "try" and convince myself that it will be worth it once that first warm day arrives and driving the Solstice's will feel just a little more special then if we could drive them all year around.

I occasional go out in the garage and pull the car covers off to remind myself that they really are there. But that last about five minutes before the cold begins to convince me that its time to cover them back up and retreat to the warmth of our home.

Enjoy them folks, I'd be doing the same thing if we lived in a year-round warm climate.
I would have been on bike, but the risk of freezing precip back home kept them under the covers.
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Gulf Coast in nice man. Those pictures brought me back!

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Yep. Post those pics. Lovely to look at after I've plowed snow for the 5th time . . THIS WEEK!

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Of course you can't ride along the water all the time. Condos and Hotels get some of the prime real estate.



Also some ritzy gated communities limit the views of the Gulf.





Some beach access roads just weren't meant for the Solstice



but the view was worth it.





Some shots at the set for "The Truman Show" movie.





It wouldn't be the south without Spanish Moss. Not a place I would want to wandering around in a fog.



I was able to get pretty close to the Gulf in this Hooters parking lot.



Wouldn't want to be on this road in a strong wind. I wonder how often water covers this road.





Y'all have a Merry Christmas!
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Hey, 2-dub. I was just kidding about posting more pics. Wanna come on over and kick my dog too? lol

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That even makes me jelous. It's sunny and 75º right now but if I were to drive to the beach, which is 50 min away, I can only post photo's or merky water.


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