It has been a busy few weeks. My oldest graduated from college (and got accepted to a competitive grad school program). She also got engaged on her graduation day. In addition, they are building a house in our neighborhood. My middle daughter is home from college and my son… well he’s always here… being in high school.
With everyone home (my daughters fiancé has been living with us since gradating in December since he is building the house) it is a little crowded. When my wife is off on the weekends we try to plan a day road trip, go to the beach, find and buy junk in thrift stores, whatever to get away for a bit.
Yesterday, we took a trip over to the beach. Because of T.S. Alberto in the gulf, our weather in northeast Florida was bad. Mostly just rain. We took a chance and set out anyway. While we drove through an exceptionally strong rain storm, even for Florida, by the time we got to the beach it was just misting with strong winds. We were just south of the old Marine Land south of St Augustine and we pulled into a public beach access. We found we were alone on the beach.
If you have ever been to this area, you know that the Spanish used locally quarried coquina to build their homes forts etc… Being born and raised here, I have rarely seen coquina at the beach. This beach has one of the few exposed areas I know of around here. It looks foreign to me because our beaches here (and topography in general) in Florida are relatively rock free. This Florida boy finds large rocks on the beach strange.
While on this particular road trip, we found a few spots we had not seen before, despite being here all out lives. It was a good day that didn’t involve much other than driving a stopping when we felt like it. We talked about all kinds of topics both shallow and deep. It was a good day. We came home and cooked a family dinner where we “forced” everyone to make arrangements to be here, then watched a movie. My wife instituted movie night where we watch an old (70’s-80’s) movie each Sunday night. So far we have watched The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, Flashdance, and Jaws. While there was complaining beforehand, all were enjoyed by everyone who were “surprised” at how good they were.
This day cost us almost nothing, other than fuel and lunch. We had an excellent time just exploring our community and local beaches.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or plan elaborate excursions, to have a good time if you spend a little time and plan… or don’t and see what happens… Boats, Sea Doos, and campers are awesome, but not necessary to fill your weekends.
This is from a few weeks ago. Note my still pitiful right arm from the surgery. Working on that…