Last week we headed to the beach.
Everyone has their happy place and while we have a great time wherever we go, and we have been blessed to have been to some amazing destinations, the beach never disappoints.
We both grew up in beach towns, so when we moved inward and northward, the beach is not as easily accessible and when we can stop and pause at the ocean for a few days, it’s always a perfect choice.
Sanibel Island was our choice for this trip. We have been to the island before and it was beautiful and just what the Dr. ordered.
The little studio we reserved was the perfect size for two. It was no more than 100 steps from our front door to the ocean. Surrounded by lush foliage where you have to duck to get around and was the perfect setting. They provided lounge chairs, umbrellas and a fabulous breakfast with coffee each and every morning.
The morning we arrived, we set up shop in our perfect little room and headed to the water.
Our place was located near the end of the island and was surrounded by residential homes so the beach was very private.
Very few people.
A couple of vacationing fisherman
Just a lot of white sand and blue water
It was perfect.
I asked Steve what he wanted to do while we away.
He said “nothing.”
He meant “nothing.” Not sarcastically. Not jokingly. Just a lot of sitting around. A lot of listening to music and watching the waves come in. A lot of people watching, even though there weren’t many people to watch.
One afternoon, I decided to cool off. I waded up to around my waist and turned and faced towards to shore. There was a fisherman. He had 4-5 poles stationed along the sand and he sat patiently and watched. As I sat and enjoyed the coolness of the ocean, he strategically maneuvered and slowly pulled in a fish.
It was not large. However as I inched my way to the shoreline, I saw a few characteristics of the fish that did not make me comfortable.
I don’t care how big it was.
I don’t care that it was a nurse shark and they are supposedly harmless.
IT WAS A SHARK.
There was some walking in the water as we strolled each morning and evening but waste deep? No way.
The final day we were visiting Sanibel Island, it rained.
Some might be disappointed. However when nothing is on the agenda, it’s not really a big deal.
Let’s sightsee a little.
We stopped off and walked around the beautiful Sanibel lighthouse.
There was some people watching going on at the Sanibel City Pier.
We stopped for lunch at the Island Cow. We inhaled some fried grouper tacos and a crab cake sandwich. And of course we were inspired with some decorating ideas for the up and coming pool and outdoor kitchen area we are planning.
And of course for dinner…………….
Thank you to friends, you know who you are, for the Sweet Sanibel recommendations. We loved it!
Thank you to family who took care of our sweet JR and for watching over the big house while we are away.
Thank you to this guy who is my favorite travel partner.
It doesn’t matter if we are at home or afar. Life is better when we are together.
November isn’t far and we get to jet off on another adventure!
Don’t look too close.
I see paint in my hair.