Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We did manage to visit one interesting place while at Tyndall- Apalachicola, FL. This small town on the Gulf was founded in 1831 and became the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. First it was the cotton trade followed by the lumber business and finally became famous for the Apalachicola Bay Oysters, which is the main product today. Like so much of the Florida coast, it is also trying to make itself a resort/retirement community for those who want to spend lots of money to be near the water.
We had lunch at Boss Oysters, which is locally famous for the many many ways they prepare these little suckers. While not a fan of oysters, we felt compelled to at least sample them. After choosing to have them baked with parmesan cheese and blue crab meat, we found them enjoyable, at least for one time. Then we had a more traditional, for us, lunch of grilled grouper Cajun style, which was very good.
The main commercial business of Oystering is visible all around town with the many oyster fishing boats. They are in varying states of repair which may be the result of the declining population of oysters as a result of the several year old drought.