Friday, June 17, 2011

Sometimes Life is a Day at the Beach

or even a couple of weeks! Every June, my husband has back to back insurance conventions in Florida. First in Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville and next in Destin, on the Gulf. My family lives in Jacksonville so it is always nice to get back home even if for a short visit.
Here are some photos I took at Amelia Plantation. When I was growing up, there was no development on this part of the island and it was just Fernandina Beach. I used to go down a sandy little road and go out to a deserted beach to swim.

The last morning we were there, I did not think we were going to have a good sunrise, but the clouds acted as a filter and I could actually take a photo directly at the sun.

While I love the beach, I also love the swampy areas around Amelia Plantation. There are trails for walking and biking and a great island with a playground for children. The weather was quite nice during this stay. There are plenty of windswept trees like I love so much.

After this convention was over, we spent Sunday with family and then on Monday, headed west. We toured the "Big Bend" of the panhandle of Florida, seeing a couple of very nice lighthouses. We are now in Destin (Sandestin Bay Town) and I had a lovely day at the beach with a friend that works with Jim. I am tempted to drive on to Pensacola and go to the lighthouse there, but think with the price of gas, I will hold out for another trip. Plus, I would love to go on one of the mornings that the Blue Angels are practicing, but those tickets were sold out this week.

Some exciting news is that I am going to Portland, Oregon right after the Fourth of July, to do a show for EK Success. While out there, I am going to get to meet and visit with one of my regular readers, Jan Castle. How exciting!

Joyce and I also talked about doing a trip in the Northwest later in August, but that was before my daughter was put on bed rest due to her pregnancy. Her husband will be going back to teaching and I will probably be spending a lot of time in Memphis with her. The bed rest is helping her condition, so that is encouraging.

Jim and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. He surprised me early with a beautiful diamond pendant.

Hope you have a great day!


Ruth Song said...

Congratulations on your anniversary.
These are lovely pictures. Your photos always lift me and inspire me to create.

Jan Castle said...

Can't wait for you to get here - Salem OR)! Have camera...will travel!!!!
P.S. As always, thank you for the lovely tour - awesome sunset pic!


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