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The view from my bedroom window is looking a little plain today, guys. Sure, the sun rises in Tallahassee just like it does in Crescent Beach – I mean, there is a sun, and it does the whole “going-up-y rise-y” thing -, but it’s just not the same. Do you know how I definitively know it isn’t the same? Because I don’t have any desire to pour my hot mess of a self out of bed at ten till five to go on a sunrise walk. Oh yeah, I totally did that on vaca. I did it twice, but I went back to bed the second time because my husband was all “we have a long drive today, and I don’t feel like swimming”, pffffft. Why didn’t I go by myself you ask? Because I’ve seen Jaws and I am 708% convinced that if I ever decide to go swimming in the ocean by myself, I will die a horrible B movie death, and all that will remain is a sparkle flip flop and a tuft of pink hair.
That’s right, there were rays! Glorious insta-worthy pink rays.
You can’t see it very well, but this board walk goes over the protected dunes, and you know what lives in those? Adorable brown bunnies and gopher tortoises that like eating left over strawberry tops.
Like a beautiful beach post card.
If you take a look in the right lower corner of the photo above, you can see sea turtle tracks. Below is the close up of the flipper marks. Turtle went up into the dunes and then back down. We didn’t get too close since there was the possibility that eggs were laid and we didn’t want to do anything that could compromise the nest.
Real life is stupid; I don’t want to be responsible. I want to be back at the beach. Stupid Tuesday, stupid.
Hello friends, I am back on EST and only slightly singed. Our beach trip got off to a bit of a rocky start. Friday started off with a little work drama, and it looked like I would have to work late, but one of my coworkers took pity on me and offered to cover so I could leave at my normal time. She has cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, or some other “thank you” baked good coming her way. Anyway, there wasn’t any beach on Friday due to the torrential downpour that followed us from Tallahassee to Orange Beach, but we still had fun hanging out with our Friends and laughing over how completely drenched we got running to and from the car. I also found another of the Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice creams while we were picking up basics for the condo. That was pretty cool bonus.
Saturday dawned chilly but clear, and we all made it down to the beach to soak up a little sun. Okay, the others soaked; I covered myself head to toe in 100SPF and held out as long as I could. After I started turning pink, Andy and I went off and did a little adventuring. Nothing too crazy; just exploring the area and enjoying the sprawling sand dunes. The day wrapped up with dinner at a local greasy spoon and everyone staying up way past their bed times laughing and reminiscing. Sunday we went out for brunch, and then it was back to Tallahassee. It was a quick trip, but we had a great time.
Even though the family reunion actually takes place at Crescent Beach, we always come up with a reason to make the 15 minute drive to downtown St. Augustine. This year was obviously no exception, but since I was only going to be able to stay for a long weekend, my Aunt Ingrid, my Aunt Diane and I decided to have a girls day out and hit up the shops/cafes on Sunday. It never ceases to amaze me how you can go somewhere for years and feel like you know it like the back of you hand. Then, you go with someone else, and it seems like a whole new place. Sure, there were a few places that lined up for all of us, but I’d never been into some of the galleries we walked through or seen some of the private gardens we discovered as we skirted around the edge of the “tourist” area.
I really do love St. Augustine; for a while, I had even considered going to Flagler College just so I could spend my undergraduate years strolling the cobble streets and taking in the ocean breeze. Ultimately, I realized that, as much fun as I have one week out of the year, it wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on. Much better to move to a place I’d only seen once before orientation; at least they had my desired major.
I can’t stop looking at this beach Pinterest board entitled A. CASA DE IBIZA: How beautiful it is to do nothing and rest afterward. It makes me miss St. Augustine and my family. Even though I am really not a summer person I love Crescent Beach. How the blindingly white the sand is at midday. How gorgeously blue grey and cool the water is as you step off of the burning sand. How once you swim out a little you can float around in the swells and take deep breaths of the rich salty air. I even love the layer of salt that I have to clean off my glasses and rinse out of my hair every time I get out of the ocean.
Man, being landlocked and office bound really does suck some days.
Well lovely readers, Andy and I are back in Tally with a household of very happy fluffy children. Here are a few shots of our trip.
It was so great to see my family, I wish it didn’t only happen once a year! Unfortunately, all my dad’s side is pretty spread out, so until I get a lot more vacation time i’ll take what I can get. The beach was absolutely gorgeous, a little warmer than in years past, but oh so wonderful. I haven’t even been back a whole day and I miss it already.