Did a little photo shoot during my getaway. The place where I took the video and most of the pictures has likely been shut down for a couple of days until they are 100% about the hurricane and storm surge. The beach was already much less busy than usual. The only one I had seen driving on the beach was a lifeguard, so I about fell out when an ice cream truck drove past. (Daytona Beach has sections that allow people to drive and park on the beach.)
I have been playing with some photos from a recent trip to St. George Island off Florida’s panhandle.
May I present to you, the bridges to heaven and hell…
PSA: Please be very careful about the time of year and where you are when using any white lights near the beach. Baby turtles can get confused by artificial lights and lose their way.
This weekend I felt really small.
It started with my new toy: a beautiful paddleboard!! The wonderful instructor that introduced me to paddleboarding helped me tie it down to the car. The board is small compared to other SUPs but it is still huge.
Once I arrived at the hotel, I had wished that I had requested a first floor room. The stairs were too small for the board. I was actually grateful for that. Six floors carrying the board…no thank you. The elevator was just big enough once I wrestled the board into the right position.
The next morning was my big chance. I had about an hour to get to the beach and christen the new board. The beach access behind my building was blocked so I lugged the board over to the next building and down to the water. That alone was a workout!
I surveyed the water and determined the best place for entry. The waves were huge! I have never been in water that rough but I was determined. Fish were everywhere. Did I just see 2 small fins swimming near the shore? …but I was determined.