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Some of the damage as the result of Hurrican Hugo.
Off again to fish in the Destin Fishing Rodeo, my Dad and I made the drive in from Athens, Texas where he lives. The 10 hour drive went by pretty fast. We started seeing the affects of Hurricane Hugo by the time we hit Alabama. Pine trees snapped halfway up and billboards strewn everywhere. We took the route through Pensacola, across the bay and down State Highway 98 along the coast. Homes were eaten out on the Gulf side towards the water. Cars and boats were awash on mounds of sand and laying on their sides across the highway. The hurricane had come ashore at Ft. Walton. You had to feel sorry for these folks. We pulled into Destin across the causeway and were just in awe of what we saw. We passed  rows of gutted mansions and condos alike. There was even a corvette sitting on a column of sand about three feet high! Mike fortunately, outside of a few boards missing off his deck, didn't have much damage. He did have a small roof leak. Most people didn't even HAVE roofs! Cousin Mel from North Dakota, had arrived the day before, so he and Mike took us on a cruise of the marina area and to see even more destruction. The Rodeo headquarters was mostly unscaythed by the storm, so the tournament was on. After a good dinner, we headed back for a good nights sleep.
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