Entries in Travel2014 (5)

Friday
Feb062015

Photo Friday

"Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

  

 

Chicago Midway Airport

Chicago, IL, USA

September 2014

 

Friday
Jan162015

Photo Friday

"Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up.  There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day." - Rachel Boston
 

  

 

November 2014

Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA 

Friday
Oct032014

Photo Friday


"You will remember this battle! Each minute! Each second! Until the day that you die! But that is for tomorrow, gentlemen.  For today, Remember the Alamo!" - Sam Houston

 

 

The Alamo

San Antonio, TX, USA

Septmeber 2014 

Friday
Aug292014

Photo Friday

“Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” - Anais Nin

If you're looking for me this weekend, check either the dock or the hammock on the porch.  I'll be snoozing in one place or the other.

 

Julieton River Club

Townsend, GA, USA

February 2013

 

Wednesday
Aug132014

St. George Island

Take Vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money.  You can't always make memories.

 

My parents are big on travel and spending time together so they always plan an annual trip and invite us all along.  This year it was a great house on St. George Island in the Appalachicola region of Florida.  I had been there before with friends and loved it.   We were only able to go for a long weekend while the rest of my family was there for a full week and it was a great place to unwind and relax.

 

Sandy, my 11 year old puppy was able to join us as well and she loved it.  It was her first time being at a traditional beach and once she got used to the waves going back and forth, she was all about it.  When I first adopted her, she would have nothing to due with water but going to the riverhouse and being around the pool, she's gotten better about it and will swim with us.

The waves at the beach stumped her for a little bit but she loved being there. We would be out the water and she'd doggie-paddle around until she was tired then she'd body surf back into the beach and lounge under the tent. 

Sandy loves hanging out with us and considers herself human,  it's hard because our work schedules require us to leave her alone so much.  Being able to take her on this trip was great because she was able to hang out with us wherever we went.  She's developed a brain tumor and is having seizures so her time with us is coming to an end and we're cherishing every moment.  The beach trip was amazing. 

 

St. Georga Island is a very peaceful and relaxing place, most people drive golfcarts or ride their bikes if they aren't walking or lounging on the beach.  There's a couple of restaurants, one small grocery store, an ice cream shop and a fresh catch seafood truck.  We dined on gulf shrimp and appalachicola oysters, both of which had been swimming less than 24 hours before we met. 

 

 

Surf fishing and dogs are allowed on the beach,  people leave their tents and sand toys where they want for the week and everyone is friendly.  At one end of the island is a state park and national wildlife refuge to help preserve and protect the animals who are native to the area.  St. George is also the traditional nesting ground for Atlantic Sea Turtles and beach lights aren't allowed so you can actually see the stars at night. 

 

Nests are marked and screens are placed over them to protect the endangered species and their young by the St. George Island Volunteer Turtles.  In an effort to prevent the hatchlings from becoming disoriented by artificial lighting, Franklin County has enacted a Marine Turtle Lighting Ordinance prohibiting lighting that can be seen from the beach after dark.  The area of the beach in front of our house had three marked nests of eggs with baby turtles who would hatch in 60 days and make the mad dash to the ocean. 

 

 The island is perfectly positioned for the most beautiful sunsets and our arrival to the island was greeted with a gorgeous fireball falling in the Gulf of Mexico.  We stopped after crossing the bay bridge onto the island and joined the other tourists capturing the sight.  I had taken my NikonD90 but used my iphone for the majority of these pictures.  I'm always amazed at the ever increasing quality of the images. 

The other great thing about St. George Island for us is how close it is and how easy it is to get there from here... Driving from Atlanta took six hours so mulitple road trip selfies were made.  Don't you love my man's expression in this one?  Life with him is never going to be boring!