Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Toes in the Sand

As a teenager there wasn't a weekend that went by that I didn't get to the beach if I possibly could. Oh my. I'd stay in the brilliant sunshine for hours on end. Getting as much sun for THE BEST TAN was the end game. Now that I think about it, I spent time in the sun like that until just a few years ago. *sigh about the skin*

It NEVER occurred to me to be on the beach just to walk or sit or read or eat. Imagine. I live 35 miles from some of the nation's most beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. Only in the last few years have I learned how to breathe in every nuance of every aspect of the beach every chance I get. It doesn't matter to me now what kind of day it is or what time of year it is. And the thrill of it begins as soon as I get a glimpse of the open water.

I admit the winter is fast becoming my favorite time for the beach. Well, it's right up there anyway with spring and autumn, too. Summer... only early and late. Okay, so I do have my limitations.

Sunday Drive
You might be thinking about now that you've already seen these photos. Not so. I just like to take photos of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. That's right. Every single time I go over it. And in case you don't know from my last post about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ... I really LOVE to drive over it.

Here we go...

... to the top.

On the descent...

And we're almost there!

Mr. Meems got the big idea to drive over to the beach for dinner. How about that? He still knows how to get the most points with me.

No, that's not us. I don't even know those people. But I figure if you have the guts to plop some chairs down on the public beach and say your vows in front of the whole world then you probably don't mind if you end up on a random blog. They picked a really nice day to seal the deal! (If anyone from this wedding happens to read this- I got some really nice shots of the bride and groom - I'll e-mail them if you want them. )

So much for economic downturn.

Snow birds.

We waited over an hour to be seated. To tell you the truth it didn't matter. It gave me a chance for a nice long walk on the beach to clear my head. To smell the salt.To watch the birds.To hear children playing.To feel the water.To observe the changing sky. To be thankful.

How about this for a dinner table! In the sand. On the beach. At sunset. Perfect.

In case you're wondering that was another wedding party (with the arch) at the other end of the restaurant from the first one.

The view from our table...


ChrisC and JonJ said...

Except for that bridge thing,it sounds like a perfect dinner.Maybe Mr.Meems could give lessons?

SophieMae said...

Ah, what a perfect evening! Wouldn't it be a hoot to find out we had crossed paths on the beach at some point in our early lives? Reckon I was long gone, though, by the time you became a regular. And we probably went to different beaches together, anyhow. 8-}

Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

Meems said...

I hope I am correctly assuming the writer of this comment. LOL Mr. Meems does still know how to rock my world... usually for the good. :-)

I wouldn't doubt it one minute. More than likely crossed paths then and even possibly more recently... now that would be the hoot of hoots.
have a great day.

Leedra said...

I agree about taking photos everytime you travel this bridge. It just calls for a person to do that. When I was there in Feb I made sunrise photos of the bridge from the bridge right as you enter Fort DeSoto Park. The sky was pink and the bridge was beautiful. I will get around to posting them someday.

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NT said...

Meems what beach and what restaraunt. Looks great, what a table, sure can't beat that view.

Meems said...

Oh, I can imagine the sight of the bridge from that vantage point.

Our feet were in the sand and nothing in our way of the view. The timing was perfect, too. We sat down 20 minutes before the sun disappeared. The outdoor gas heaters got turned on and we donned our jacket to shield from the light breeze of the gulf at nightfall. Did I say perfect? We were on Anna Maria Island at the Sandbar Restaurant.