Yes, we are all still here and with the living! We just got back from a week long vacation down in St. Andrew's State Park, in the sunny state of Florida, where we had a fabulous time! As you can see, I finally got to try paddle boarding, which I had wanted to do for some time now, and it was great! I enjoyed the hell out of that.
It is a little harder to stay upright that some might think; I was just mildly surprised. But it's not terribly hard. It is a great workout on your legs and stomach though. I did fall off one time, in shallow water, and my big butt went straight to the bottom and hit pretty hard! That didn't do a whole lot of good for my hips and tailbone but it didn't seem to bother me too much later.
The waters are beautiful and so clear at St. Andrew's so I could see all sorts of sealife below me. Fortunately, no sharks but I did have 2 dolphins swim right under me!! and several large schools of fish and a stingray. The dolphins were feeding on the fish so we all went back and forth and round in circles. It was great!
Since we were camping in the park we had time to do all sorts of other things, like hiking. Their trails are very short but it was interesting and we saw lots of stuff. I was trying to photograph a squirrel here and just almost got an unintended shot of said squirrel being snatched up by a hawk. Me and the squirrel were both very surprised!
Tons of dragonflies but I was not able to get a good shot of any really.
The beaches here are some of the prettiest I've seen anywhere in the U.S. and I've been to both seas and all around the Gulf. I also did a fair amount of snorkeling and swimming and had a little group of my own fishes that followed me around anytime I did. They apparently liked for me to stir up the sand for them because there was something there they liked to eat I guess. At any rate, they stayed with me every step of the way.
There are tons of various wildlife at SA, as you can see in the following photos. Most of the creatures are fairly used to humans too, so you can get some good pics.
Did I mention we had a great time? lol! Those of you that have followed for a long time know that Jack and I have not always had the best luck camping but this trip went real well.
Our mattresses stayed blown up, we had a nice, shady, quiet camping spot, the amenities here are great; nice showers etc. The weather was outstanding. Warm in the day and just cool enough at night to sleep good. I cooked a nice breakfast each morning but we had dinner out each night so I got lots of great seafood!
And to top it all off, we saw this bald eagle on our last day there! Almost everyone else on the beach was too busy checking their phones or taking selfies to notice it, which was truly discouraging, but Jack and I were thrilled to see it and get one half-way decent photo.
One thing I really enjoyed about being there was actually....no internet, no electronics of any kind. I'll tell you I did not miss it one bit. We both took books to read and just enjoyed being together.
I'll be back soon with another post I think with what little has been going on around here.. Honestly, I have not had a lot of interest in posting this past month, for various reasons I guess, but I think I have a couple of updates for ya'll. Just lots of busy work getting out of clay and cleaning up, checking out new work leads etc. and the regular yard, garden and chicken work.