Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sandy Paws, Frosty Face, and Happy Feet

Confession time!  In the last post I conveyed how much I love hiking through the pine forest in the state park where we are camped.  And believe me, I do . . . BUT, there is another place I like better and that is the soft, sugar white sandy beach that stretches forever and rarely has any other visitors this time of year.  


After all, we are camped along the most beautiful stretch of beach in this country.  I better pause for a moment because I feel the harsh objections flying my way from some of you countering my ruling with a list of other spectacular places.  What about the Florida Keys, California’s Big Sur, Miami’s South Beach, the Oregon coast?  Blah, blah, blah.   

It only takes one visit to this spectacular area to know just what I am talking about.  The sand is so fine that it squeaks, so white that it blinds, and the water so clear that your toes glow underneath the water.


So in this short four-month stay along the 30A region of the Florida Panhandle, I am taking every advantage of this gorgeous stretch of paradise and indulging.  I make an effort to get my toes in the sand at least once a day (and usually twice).  Early mornings start off with a cup of coffee in a to-go cup and an eager lab waiting to hit the sand to chase shorebirds.  Since we own property in the area, we were able to obtain a permit to take Spirit on the beach.  It has been well worth the $45 fee.  Dogs are restricted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. but that works just fine for us as we get to enjoy the early morning sunrise (when everybody else is sleeping in) and the glorious afternoon sunsets.


Now I’m not sure Spirit likes the beach as much as chasing deer in the pines, but she gleefully walks along and finds unsuspecting sandpipers to send aloft and forgotten flip flops to steal so we will chase in pursuit.  She’s not much for venturing in the pounding surf but seems to like running on the soft sand and can’t help but bring a little bit of the sandy beach home with her.

Oh, the poor great blue heron who is about to be ambushed.

We got her from Blackrock Labradors in Indiana as an 8-week old pup and took her straight to Florida so I guess she has the sandy beach imprinted on her.  Seems she let go of her mid-western roots pretty easily and took quite well to the sandy shores of Florida.   



11 comments:

  1. The beaches in the area are the best in the USA that I have ever seen - the white sand - white as snow is also as soft as snow - a fantastic place!

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    1. We think of you when we see the "picture perfect" sunsets. Hope you are doing well down south.

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  2. Spirit is such a beautiful dog, a special companion to you. Years ago at a Coast Guard station in NJ where I worked we had a station dog, who was a chocolate lab named Sedge (after one of the islands in the area). He loved to ride with us on the boats and was a great companion to the whole crew. I still miss him

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    1. We agree that Spirit has a pretty good life. For sure, she enriches ours.

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  3. Glad to hear you're enjoying the "Emerald Coast" (or Redneck Riviera) with it's great beaches. We spent three years in Fort Walton Beach and enjoyed the Destin beaches when I wasn't out on the gulf in search of "Smoker Kings", the King Mackeral big enough to "smoke" your real. Spirit looks amazing! Thanks for sharing and have a couple of oysters for me!

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    1. We wont just stop at the oysters. . . we'll have a few dozen shrimp, stone crabs, tuna, snapper, flounder, etc. No shortage of great seafood in the beautiful area.

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  4. We will agree--beautiful beach and a sweet, spoiled dog!

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  5. We're in agreement about the Panhandle Beaches .... this winter we'll be checking out the Texas beaches to see if they come close.

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  6. Such a sweet fur kid. Oliver and Olivia love the beach too. They can hardly wait to leave the car and run ahead to the beach. Olivia likes the water, Oliver skitters away from the waves. And the sand, an more sand!

    I especially love the pedicure I get from walking in the sand.

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  7. Looks fantastic! Are the RV sites big enough to accommodate a 45' rig? Would love to spend some time there.

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    1. Sites are Topsail Hill Preserve State Park can accommodate a 45' rig. I think Grayton Beach SP says 40' is the max.

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