Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Greetings From Florida

We don't stay home long, do we? We're here on business, but today there was no work allowed. Took the boat ride to Caladesi Island State Park, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the state.

The beach overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
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Shells are plentiful.
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I picked up several to bring home.
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John landed a Devil Ray.
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It's not every day you get to see one of these on a knitting blog.
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One last view of the Gulf before we left the beach and hiked the nature trail.
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The nature trail winds through the interior of the island. We were told to be watchful for Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. We didn't see any.
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The boat returned us to Honeymoon Island State Park. And, since there was still a little daylight left, we decided to see the sights here too. I read that Americans got their first glimpse of Honeymoon Island in the early 1940s through Paramount newsreels and LIFE magazine ads. The ads promised undiscovered pleasures for newlyweds lucky enough to win a glamorous two-week Florida get-away.

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It was a good day.

14 comments:

  1. The pictures are gorgeous!
    You do travel lots - and it always looks like great fun!

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  2. Mama Bear12:51 AM

    Wow, how many ways to say "Great photos" and "thanks for sharing!"

    Really beautiful.

    Right now I'm so happy to be back home, that I can enjoy your photos with NO envy. I just want to stay put for a bit. Enjoy!

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  3. Oh, gorgeous pictures! That's where I want to live. My home in winter usually looks more like Mama Bear's pics on her blog today. :(

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  4. How lucky you've been this year to go to so many cool places! Love the pictures!!

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  5. As always, gorgeous pictures! And the shells look wonderful -- what is it about shells that makes them so collectible? Enjoy your travels!

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  6. Oh my, it was a good day indeed! You have been such a gadabout lately...how fun! Love the Devil Ray :-)

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  7. We loved the pictures, thanks for sharing your trip with us.Can you send me the last two pictures to keep on file?

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  8. Wow - how beautiful! No wonder it's called Honeymoon Island. It really looks like a romantic getaway. Is it really as secluded as it looks? I guess that's not where you stayed - do they have cottages or anything out there?

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  9. WOW! Looks like a place we would love to visit - but Phil would not let us go during Reds baseball season :) On our trip to Florida this Spring we saw the Indians play the Braves (the Indians won) during Spring training!!

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  10. Pink Dandelion11:06 PM

    Wow!! Lovely photos, what a beautiful place! Sounds like ya'll are having fun!

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  11. Wow!! Great photos! Who wounldn't have a great time in a place like that:D

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  12. WOW!!! So wonderful pictures. I´m dreaming of this landscape!! Do you know the books of Joanne Harris?
    *Coastliners* is a absolutly wonderful book and one of my favorite.
    Please, click this link, and you will read my book review!!
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    I wish you a wonderful travel!!!
    Maartje

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  13. Gorgeous photos, I especially like the last one, once again thanks for sharing your part of the world with us :)

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  14. All I can say is "wow". The photos are beautiful, the scenery breath-taking.....

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~Tracy