Summer Break in Full Effect
I just returned from a two-week visit with my parents in the Sunshine State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can cross these two Florida beaches off of my list.
“If you never go, you will never know.”