Even seeing St. Andrews State Park (4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL 32408) on Google maps is enough to make you drool.
I was looking up the park’s GPS coordinates for this blog using the satellite view of the area, which is a view put together from many pictures taken from the air. You can zoom in so close you can see ripples in the water and people on the beach, or zoom out until the roads and trees fade into a blur.
The first thing that struck me was the vast expanse of sand, and how white it was. It was also clear where the city ended and the park began, because the buildings abruptly stopped, replaced by rolling dunes, trees and bushes. The hue of the water was a perfect, shimmering rim of emerald fringing the shore.
So you can only imagine how wonderful it would be to discover the Park firsthand.
This holiday season you have the perfect excuse to do exactly that --whether you run like a deer, or shuffle like a Santa who’s indulged in one too many glasses of eggnog. The Junior League 5K Reindeer Race & 1-mile Santa Shuffle will treat runners and walkers to a down-and-back lap along a picturesque, flat loop of the Park, Dec. 14, 2013, 9 a.m.
All kids 12 and under receive a custom reindeer medal upon completion of the 5K, and the top three finishers in numerous age groups receive medals. The first 300 paid participants will receive a collectible race t-shirt. The 5K will be chip timed. If you’re feeling more like a sedate stroll, enter the 1-mile Shuffle out and back.
You can even feel good about having fun, because the race benefits the youth programs of the Junior League of Panama City.
Check out race details and enter here.