Thursday, August 21, 2014

Road Trip Part 3

While we were in Florida, we did a little sight-seeing.  We crossed the bridge over to A1A, and went to a local beach.  I snapped a few pictures of some of the neat houses on the way. The pictures were taken from the moving truck, so sorry they're not the best.  Part of what I love about traveling is seeing the different styles of architecture.

We went to Bathtub Beach, named that because there's an arch-shaped reef that makes a protected swimming area.

If you look closely, you can make out the ring of the reef in the background.

Marc heads out to the water!

David sits, contemplating the meaning of life.  Or just thinking about how hot it is.

Marc's girlfriend, Amanda.  It's nice pointing a camera at someone and actually having her *smile* at you.  Hint hint, David.

Beach selfie!

We saw several of these....turtle nesting sites!

Fun in the truck on the way back from the beach..

I like this picture....we look so carefree!  Well, I do. David is concentrating on driving.

Then, the main reason for our road trip....a wedding!!!  Saturday we went to a wedding. We didn't have to travel far...only a few yards!   Like most Florida afternoons, the weather was not great.  We saw huge storm clouds rolling in!  My camera was having a hard time adjusting from the air conditioned cabin to the very humid outside.  Amanda is wearing a dress, I promise...

Jamie, the bride, was arriving to the beach by boat, and we were all nervous watching the sky getting darker. Would she be there in time?!  Luckily, she got there before it started storming.  As the wedding party gathered on the beach, the coolest thing happened.

A ray of sunshine broke through the clouds and shone down on them!  It was very neat.  The ceremony went without a hitch. I cried.  I cry at all weddings!

A picture of the happy couple.

Right as we all made our way under the huge tent, it started raining.  And raining. And raining.  But everything was bright and colorful under the tent, so nobody minded the rain.

And then we ate, and danced, and had a good time.  This picture is right before David stabbed me in the hand with his skewer.  It was an accident, or so he says.

Such a cute cake!

These 4 have been friends since childhood.  They all grew up together...Jamie, Marc, David, and Millie.

After the wedding had passed, we did some more sight-seeing.  We went to Florida Oceanographic, in Stuart Florida, which was very close to Bathtub Beach.  This was a neat place.  They had lots of fish!

We were able to pet sting rays!  That was really cool..they'd swim by and come up under your hand and let you rub them.

They had lots of pretty tanks inside, with neat things.  I love the starfish.

They had a huge outdoor lagoon with lots of fish and a few sharks.  The fish below is a sheepshead.  How cool!  (I just did a google search and learned sheepshead fish have lots of teeth...they look just like human teeth...very creepy)

And they had a few very large turtles that had been rescued.

There was a large statue.  I couldn't resist getting a picture with it.

And that's the majority of our trip to Florida.  I'll do one last post of our trip back north.  Looking at these pictures really makes me want to go back!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Road Trip: Part 2

Waaaaay back in June David and I (along with a couple of friends) drove to Florida for a friend's wedding.  I blogged part one over a month ago!  I have been putting it off because there are so many pictures and I didn't want to go through them all, but I finally had some extra time and wanted to get it done. I love looking back at previous blog posts, so I wanted to document this trip since we had so much fun.  It was mid-June, but feels like so long ago!

After we left Savannah, we headed south.  Our destination was Jensen Beach, Florida.  We were staying at a place called River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp.  After about 8 hours in the truck, we made it down.  What a cute place!

They had the cutest little cottages, all painted in bright Florida colors. 

Ours was pink! 

The inside was pretty cute, too. Lots of different colors, which I loved.  The living room even had a fishing rod holder on the wall.  It is a fish camp, after all!

There was a teensy little dining area, and a small kitchen with a microwave, stove, and fridge. What else do you need?

This was our bedroom.  It had a bathroom to the left. I didn't get a picture of the second bed/bath.  We originally had a 2 bed/1 bath cabin, but got upgraded to this one since they needed certain cabins rented for the wedding. It was very nice that each couple had our own bed/bath.

Like I said in the Savannah post, I loved seeing all of the different vegetation!  Plants are so cool in Florida!!  There were palms of every size and type.

And there were fruit trees!! Can you guess what this tree is below?

A mango!  There were several mango trees around the camp.

Not sure what this is, but it had pretty purple flowers on it.

This is a sea grape.  I kept seeing these all over, and finally I asked someone what they were.  I love them, and wish we had them around here.

Close up.  I just love the leaves!

Little anole lizards were everywhere!  They scurried all around. 

The camp was right on the Indian River Lagoon. The view was amazing.  The beach was very tranquil. 

If you look in the background below, you can see one of the bridges that goes over to the barrier island, where historic Rt. A1A runs along the coast. 

The view of the dock, one quiet morning. 

This is the view looking back at the fish camp. There's a cute little cabana, and the wedding tent next to it.  You can see where the chairs were set up on the beach for the wedding ceremony. 

This is a Dragon Fruit.  Weirdest fruit ever!  The lady in the office said people sneak onto the property and steal them.




Not sure what this is, but the leaves are sweet.

Ok, that's enough for part 2.  More to come later!
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