We took a day, and enjoyed the slower paced ride down the barrier island. The sky was clear blue, the temperature about 70. It was the perfect day to spend quality time with a special friend.
Once you leave the hurry hurry of everyday life behind, you can enjoy quiet conversation, beautiful scenery, and just connect with what Florida really
It's been many years since I've been to Florida. Stationed in Jacksonville during my Coast Guard days, I attended Aviation Electrician school at the Naval Base. Then in about 1987 it was the Disney experience that brought me back again. Neither times did I really get to know Florida, this trip opened my eyes.
Life along the ocean is peaceful. The blue/green of the water brilliant and warm. This is a place where you can be alone as a couple and not even notice
While some surfed on wake boards, and others toted coolers and fishing gear down the pier, we just kicked back. Taking seats at a picnic table, my friend caught the attention of a gentleman walking unknowingly dragging a long scrap of fishing line caught on his heel.
We talked a while about the lost fishing tackle and
We stayed for a couple hours, exploring the small fishing museum on one side of the highway than walking in the sand of the wide warm beach.
This time I managed to keep my pants dry, a good thing as we enjoyed a lunch of very good burgers
Built to resemble a beach house, the building contained both a gift shop and eatery to satisfy both your belly and the need to bring something back with you as a reminder.
As we walked out on the pier, some were walking back after a morning of fishing.
One older man was all dressed in a Carhartt jacket with knit cap on his head. That's a clear sign of the difference between locals and snowbirds.
I know I was very comfortable in short sleeves, but this guy needed winter wear just to be outside.
For me, just the memory of this time in Florida will stick with me forever. I can understand why the locals call this place Paradise. It truly is a great way to live.
Rest assured, I will be coming back soon!