Thursday, February 11, 2010

South Into South Florida

Jacquie and Beth had a lovely-sounding Super Bowl Sunday didn't they? Well, ours was not too shabby either.

I mean really. Around a raging campfire, listening to the game on the radio, drinking red wine from our New London wine cellar?

Perfection.

And then we left northcentral Florida and headed south. In the rain. Naturally.

But then, finally, it stopped. And we arrived in South Florida. And to us, South Florida means only one three things:

Big Daddy . . .

. . . Suzannie . . .

. . . and Uncle Norman.

We have been popping in on these guys, and camping with them in the Keys, for years. Years.

The Westy knows the good people, and the good places to camp, after all.

Kirk and Suzanne live on a canal, which has a fabulous view looking down . . .

. . . or looking up.

They also have a friend's boat that -- when it's way too windy to go out on -- provides shelter from the wind, is in full sun, and somehow the newspaper appears on a cool, windy Wednesday morning.

And a little otter showed up in the canal to play, too.

Awwww. He came to see his Uncle Norman, noted otter whisperer.

Across the street is access to the beach. To the Atlantic Ocean . . .

. . . in all its glory.

Mistah skipped stones. . . .

. . . and collected shells . . .

. . . and we walked by the house we've watched being built for years. There was a rumor, years ago, that that it was Sly Stallone's house, but Suzanne told us yesterday it actually is the home of the guy who invented the bar code..

Either explanation will do, frankly.

Kirk and Suzanne's deck is one of my favorite places to have a late afternoon beverage..

Especially when I'm the only one home and no one else is here and I get to drink Miller High Lifes (Lives?) on the boat by myself in the sun, reading my book. That's when it's really my favorite place.

And? I wore shorts yesterday.

South Florida, baby.

14 comments:

Pickles and Dimes said...

I totally LOVE your camping lifestyle. It's definitely something I want to be able to do someday.

Your photos are gorgeous!

ChrsitineE said...

I read today that many invasive species died in the cold spell in Florida. Watch out for dead iguanas falling from the trees...Seriously, though, it looks beautiful. I wish I were there.

Pat W said...

hope it is warmer where you are than here in St. Pete...next five days will reach a high of 58 degrees
Pat

Me, You, or Ellie said...

It's not, Pat! It's downright chilly! Iguanas falling out of trees everywhere, right on our heads.

Brrrrr.

Ellie

XUP said...

Holy crap on the leaping dolphins photo. That's amazing!!

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Yay, Ellie! Finally some happy sunshine photos. Keep going south, it's got to get warm eventually. What ever happened to that global warming that Al Gore promised us?

Have fun

Jacquie

Me, You, or Ellie said...

LOL - I almost made the same mistake, but XUP - if you look closely, you'll see that your leaping dolphins are actually a low flying seagull.

Jacquie

Mom C said...

Soooo nice ellie, I love shorts and bare feet..... mom

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Thank you, Jacquie, for clearing that up. A flying dolphin, though, would be much more dramatic than a lowly sea gull.

Ellie

Me, You, or Ellie said...

You're.....almost....there. ALmost to that place where you'll be able to take of your jean jacket! Shorts are good, but shorts and a bikini top are much, much better.

Keep going. South.

Can't wait for the next installment :-)

beth

only seeing white in PA said...

oh..rub it in! (must be a family trait)
So enjoyed seeing the visions of sunshine and sparkling waterways.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...maybe Connecticut will be snow-free by the time you get back :)

Kathi D said...

Florida always makes me think of Travis McGee. And Dave Barry. And Carl Hiassen. And now YOU.

Springer Kneeblood said...

Be careful. Florida is a dangerous place. It can kidnap your desire to leave, I'm told.

c said...

yeah...Florida! I love that deck too! It looks like the best place to hang out with your Miller H.L.s!

More snow coming to Hershey tonight! I can't wait! NOOOOOOO!!!

Keep heading south!
Camilla