Long Time, No Sea

Summer Break in Full Effect

I just returned from a two-week visit with my parents in the Sunshine State. 

Summertime Fine.

It was a chilled-out vacation with a visit from our family who lives in Morgantown, WV.  We were game ready for the NBA Finals. 

Dad, Aunt Shelia, Jameer, Taylor, Kelsie, Sidney, Uncle Danny

I skipped the few running races that were in the area.  It feels good not to be in training mode and to exercise simply for the health benefits.  Besides the usual shopping, dining out, concerts, etc., I wanted to explore some of the Florida beaches that I have never visited. 

Honeymoon Island State Park

My Mom and I drove to Honeymoon Island State Park which is off the coast of Dunedin, Florida.  This park was packed with boats, jet skis, kayaks, cyclists and walkers.

Honeymoon Island has a few beach areas to choose from.  One beach allows pets if they are on a leash.  The Oasis Beach was the most crowded.  It was interesting to see how narrow the shoreline was compared to other Florida beaches.

Honeymoon Island State Park Main Beach
Honeymoon Island Oasis Beach

Another area of Honeymoon Beach is covered in rocks that are sure to ruin a pedicure or cause injury.  Despite the rougher terrain, people made their way to the north side of this area for safer swimming.

Caladesi Island

The Caladesi Island beaches were much nicer than Honeymoon Island.  We watched the boats come and go in the Gulf of Mexico.   

I wanted to get my steps in for a Go365 challenge.  I walked south until the sand disappeared.  My Mom enjoyed the 86 degree gentle waves.

Walking South on Caladesi Island
Fun Fact: The White Ibis spends most of the day eating and resting. Less than an hour per day is spent flying.
Some brush I climbed over in order to continue walking another 50 yards.

Caladesi Island has a nature trail that started off all cute when I saw a gopher tortoise minding its business.  Things turned ugly when I was attacked by mosquitoes. There was also signage to warn of rattlesnakes. I only made it about 15 yards into the trail before I ran out.

Caladesi Island Nature Trail.

I can cross these two Florida beaches off of my list.

Mom getting off of the ferry.

“If you never go, you will never know.”

Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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8 Responses to Long Time, No Sea

  1. Chandra Lynn says:

    I lived in FL for six years. I miss being near the beaches most. Okay–maybe, that’s the only thing I miss. Is it still crazy hot?

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  2. theresaly520 says:

    Wow! Sounds like a wonderful trip. Photos are amazing!

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  3. La Potosina says:

    Those beaches in Florida look beautiful. Very clean.

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