A Hellacious Belle’s Guide to the New South: The Redneck Riviera

It’s the land of Jimmy Buffett, boat drinks and billionaires.

Tourists and trailer parks. Sailboats and sand dunes.

College kids tearing it up on Spring Break, families romping in the surf, seniors searching for sunny skies.

20141017_173237_resizedIt’s the paradise in our own backyard.

Family gathering in Florida

Ranging from coastal Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, the beaches of the Deep South, or the “Redneck Riviera,” as even we (affectionately) refer to it, offer miles of sugar-spun sands and clear turquoise waters on beaches both jam-packed and serenely isolated.

Gulf Shores up through Apalachi-cola
They got beaches of the whitest sand
Nobody cares if gramma’s got a tattoo
Or Bubba’s got a hot wing in his hand

Redneck Riviera is where I wanna be
Down here on the Redneck Riviera by the sea
Tom T. Hall – Redneck Riviera

Every Southerner has “their” spot they visit, year after year.
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Some seek the neon-bright nightlife of Daytona or Panama City Beach.

Some yearn for the European sophistication of Rosemary, Seaside or Alys, some choose the picturesque lifestyle found in waterside communities like Dauphin Island, Pensacola or Pass Christian.

At the Beach (5)Fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing, wining and dining, shopping or simply savoring the sultry breezes.

IMG_2764 Whatever sand spot suits the fancy, it’s our ultimate resort.

Rosemary Oct 2014 (5)“Life’s a Beach.”

– Unknown

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

WordPress is such a giver.

Concerned that I might need inspiration to blog more frequently, they have begun sending me handy daily blogging topics via email. Of course, I may have signed up for this at some point, but I’d prefer to think it’s because they care.

Who knows? Most of the time though, I blow past them as I dig through my perpetually swamped inbox, but this one yesterday caught my eye.

“Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset”

Hmmm. We just got back from a weekend at the beach with my parents, and David took a slew of spectacular sunset photos. Okay, I’ll play! Woot! Photo credits to my amado, David Strohman.

Sunset in Miramar Beach, Florida - September 2011