PBCA POLAR BEAR DRIVE TO FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARKby
Norma T. Peterson
Three Jaguars, one BMW, one TR-8, one Spitfire, along with 2 dogs, made the trek to Marianna Caverns on the chilly 30 ° morning of January 25, 2003 from Action Mailing where Keith & Nelda Sanders offered their usual, warm hospitality and shelter from the cold. The route took us to I-10 where we proceeded at dizzying speeds to a brief stop at the Crestview Rest Area where Keith offered all of us cold sodas (there were no takers at this time!). Upon leaving the rest area, we once again attained unthinkable speed for the remainder of the way to Marianna and the deep recesses of the caverns.
We had hoped to meet other British cars and enthusiasts at the second stop, but none arrived. Could it have been the Lucas curse that caused other members’ Brit cars to fail to proceed on such a cold day? Undaunted, we went on to tour the Florida Caverns. It was a sight to see the various designs which nature created: wedding cake, South America map, curtain-shaped stalactites, columns, while enjoying the temperature inside the cave which is a constant 60 ° all year round. It was a lot warmer inside the cave than outside! The Visitors Centre also offered various displays of native flora and fauna and pictorial history of the discovery of the cavern.
After leaving the cave, we all met at Jim’s Buffet for our midday repast. The food was good, camaraderie pleasant and the peach cobbler was excellent. After lunch, we all went our separate ways and returned to Pensacola in time to enjoy another beautiful sunset.
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