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Time Flies When You're in the Sun (and Drinking Rum)


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Hard to believe it's our last weekend in Redington Shores. Time has flow by here. We're having a great time relaxing, enjoying the beaches, and seeing the sites.

We discovered that this area has two great dog beaches. One on the IC off Pleasure Island...
Beach Bum!

Beach Bum!

Cadeau doing what she does best

Cadeau doing what she does best

Sunset Beach Dogs

Sunset Beach Dogs

...and another one at Fort De Soto Park. Had to be a hundred dogs running up and down the beach playing. And there was a constant cacophony of dog owners calling their dogs names, usually to very little response! It was a really beautiful beach and quite entertaining.
Fort DeSoto Beach

Fort DeSoto Beach

Cadeau sacked out -she loves beach days

Cadeau sacked out -she loves beach days

Fort DeSoto

Fort DeSoto

Fort De Soto Dogs

Fort De Soto Dogs

We finally got the Go Pro attached to the jet ski for some cool footage of the Intercoastal. Now I just have to figure out how to post video! In the meantime, here's a picture.
John's Pass Jet Skiing

John's Pass Jet Skiing


We road down to John's Pass and took a break at Gator's for some Coconut Shrimp and rum drinks. In general, we weren't impressed with the oysters but the shrimp are AMAZING!
Gators

Gators

Life is better in the sun!

Life is better in the sun!

We've been enjoying our morning walks - got back up to our four mile mark yesterday. And we're even throwing in some dock yoga.
Morning Walk on the Indian Rocks Bridge

Morning Walk on the Indian Rocks Bridge

Morning Walk IC from Bridge

Morning Walk IC from Bridge

Morning Walk Beach Birds

Morning Walk Beach Birds

Morning Visit by Our Resident Heron

Morning Visit by Our Resident Heron

Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga

Can't beat the view!

Can't beat the view!

How's our form?

How's our form?

It's good we're exercising because the food and drinks are great!
We grilled some Black Grouper and had local oysters.
Dinner at home

Dinner at home

Good but not Chincoteague!

Good but not Chincoteague!

And I tried Hog Fish, which was really good. Speaking of fishing, we're going to buy poles today and see if we can't catch something!

Posted by mrb430 06:40 Archived in USA Tagged florida redingtonshores Comments (0)

Living Life on the Intercoastal

sunny 74 °F
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We arrived in Redington Shores Florida on Sunday for an extended stay at an AirBnB on the intercostal waterway.
Our porch

Our porch

The house from the dock

The house from the dock

The dock from the house

The dock from the house

The first stop in our "decompression tour" to let go of work life and figure out this thing called retirement. I thought we would need a few weeks to settle in and figure things out; turns out we only needed the drive here. It reminds me of going to the house at the Cove from DC. We would leave the city and trek over the seven bridges we crossed to Chincoteague Bay and by the time we were there we would have let the city go and be in full on weekend mode. Well we are in full on retirement mode. We get up when we want, go to bed when we want, and do whatever we want in between. My favorite part is never feeling rushed. Never having to cut our morning walk short because we got up late or have an early meeting. Never having to wolf down some fast, bad food because we only have a half hour until the next commitment.

We are eating better, spending less money, exercising more, and just generally happier. Retirement is awesome!

That being said, there are challenges. Remembering where everything is packed is big - its must have taken 10 trips back and forth to the Beast (that huge duffle bag we have) to get everything we wanted into the house. Now that we're unpacked it's ok and Scott can actually find things without having to ask me but I think we are going to need awhile once we're actually on the road to figure out our packing/unpacking strategy.

But that's still to come. For now, we are enjoying the sun, the water, the wildlife, and the relaxation.
Sunrise - yes we get up in time for it most days!

Sunrise - yes we get up in time for it most days!


And another one...

And another one...

This Great Blue Heron is a daily visitor to our dock

This Great Blue Heron is a daily visitor to our dock


He is so tame because the neighbors feed him fish they catch

He is so tame because the neighbors feed him fish they catch


These Black-crowned Night Herons visit almost every day too

These Black-crowned Night Herons visit almost every day too


Waiting for a fish

Waiting for a fish


Got a fish!

Got a fish!


Three Night Herons

Three Night Herons


Aren't they beautiful?

Aren't they beautiful?

A Great Egret on the dock

A Great Egret on the dock

Jet-skied up to Shepherd's in Clearwater. This was a bucket list item.

Jet-skied up to Shepherd's in Clearwater. This was a bucket list item.

My capable captain

My capable captain

His capable cup-holder

His capable cup-holder

And yes we brought the paddle boards too. They make great floating docks as well as touring craft for the mangroves islands.

And yes we brought the paddle boards too. They make great floating docks as well as touring craft for the mangroves islands.

And of course Cadeau is loving life!
I love retirement, too!

I love retirement, too!


Look at that egret mom!

Look at that egret mom!

Don't forget to check for our daily updates on Instagram @arrradventures

Posted by mrb430 05:05 Archived in USA Tagged birds florida jetski redingtonshores Comments (0)

Travel Day through Central Florida


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Left Neptune Beach yesterday morning for our travel over to Redington Shores, near Tampa, where we will spend the next nine nights. It was a long day but an interesting drive.
A1A This Way!

A1A This Way!

First we meandered down A1A through the glamorous area of Ponte Vedra where there are new million dollar homes on the water replacing the older Florida homes that first populated the area. We imagined the hold outs thumbing their noses at their new, rich neighbors.

The road from there to St. Augustine travels through the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Esturaine Research Reserve, a huge swath of undeveloped shoreline and tidal flood plains. Along the way there were houses perched precariously between the eroded beach front and A1A. We wondered how much longer they could hold on.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Esturaine Research Reserve

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Esturaine Research Reserve


St. Augustine

St. Augustine

Castillo San Marcos

Castillo San Marcos

We headed inland at St. Augustine but not before swinging past the Castillo San Marcos, the old fort on the Mantanzas River, and the beautiful campus of Flagler college. Scott spent a lot of years in Gainesville so we headed there next to tour his old stomping grounds. After an obligatory lunch at Sonny's BBQ, we toured the neighborhood of old Gainesville where there are beautiful homes and HUGE Live Oaks.
Sonnys!

Sonnys!

Sampler Platter

Sampler Platter

Pork 3 Ways

Pork 3 Ways


Flagler Campus

Flagler Campus

Flagler College

Flagler College


Live Oak as big as the house

Live Oak as big as the house

What a trunk!

What a trunk!

Another amazing tree!

Another amazing tree!


Live Oak close up

Live Oak close up

From there we drove directly over to Tampa and our new location at Redington Shores. We have a cute little house right on the Intercoastal and a block from the beach where we can paddle board, put the jet ski in and tour by water, and generally relax. Looking forward to doing nothing and having all day to do it.
Redington Shores house from dock

Redington Shores house from dock

Redington Shores porch

Redington Shores porch

Redington Shores dock

Redington Shores dock

Posted by mrb430 04:54 Archived in USA Tagged florida gainesville sonny'sbbq st.augustine redingtonshores Comments (0)

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