Even though yesterday was officially the first day of Fall, it is still hot, humid and tropical in South Florida. The storms lined up in the Atlantic Basin have created some very interesting situations at the beach these past two weeks. Coupled with a King tide which happens about twice per year, we have seen an enormous swell and crushing waves along our coast – not good for beach erosion, but spectacular for photography.
I have spent a lot of time here lately, just taking in the sights and enjoying nature. The impact on the future is not lost on me, but for now, this is still my happy place.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have had a lot to smile about recently; a road trip to Sarasota with a drive through Myakka River State park, a gorgeous sunrise gift from Malcolm, walking through a botanical garden with a dear friend and date night at a food and wine paring event. Emerging from the Covid bubble has been slow, but steady and I feel optimistic about things to come.
The Green Turtle Market and Grapeviee Cafe hosted a five course dinner, and featured five delicious wines from Daou Winery is Paso Robles, CA. This was by far the best meal we have had in five months. The restaurant did an excellent job of spacing customers, ensuring safety precautions and creating a great date night atmosphere. Paso Robles and Daou are now firmly on our travel list. Thank you Tanna for an informative evening.
We tested our tolerance for road tripping during a pandemic with a three night stay in Sarasota. Admittedly, it was a bit disconcerting at first, but overall not a bad experience. If hotels remain diligent with their requirements and people continue to behave, we see no reason to continue to deny ourselves our favorite hobby.
Malcolm has been a man on a mission lately and has booked three trips; the first of which will happen in November. We will return to Miramar Beach (an 8 hour car drive) for a two week stay at the same VRBO we leased last February. I wrote about that holiday here. In February we will spend five nights on Jekyll Island (Valentine’s Treat) and then in May, we have plans to fly to Barbados. Everything can be cancelled without penalties should conditions deteriorate, but for now, we feel good about planning for future travel.
We have cautiously begun to socialize with friends but still avoid large gatherings. For the most part, we are becoming accustomed to a new way of doing things. Wearing a mask has become second nature and being obsessive about washing our hands and not touching our faces is just a good habit in general. I am actually beginning to think we can do this, with or without a vaccine.
So, there you have it. What makes me smile is spending time with friends, great food and wine, taking photographs of nature, gifts from Malcolm and having travel plans to look forward to. What made you smile lately?
Shared with Trent’s World Weekly Smiles.