John and I had planned on returning to the beach we had visited in Boca Grande while we were down here visiting the children last June, so my next adventure was to do just that.
This morning, I once again took a deep breath, squared my shoulders and set forth with "Lola's" directions. Oh, I haven't mentioned Lola have I? She's the voice on my GPS, so named because whatever Lola says, we do and so far, she hasn't gotten us lost. So, having programmed Lola to get me to the beach in Boca Grande, I set out for my adventure du jour. I left around 8:15 and was surprised that the traffic was not as bad as I anticipated. It took about an hour to get there and when I arrived, I found I was the only soul on the beach as far as I could see in any direction.
and since there was no one there to snap a picture of me, I just got one of my shadow! Traveling alone has its disadvantages.
The weather had recently been stormy and the surf was just beginning to settle down so I was finding some incredible shells and other less savory finds......
This stone crab had just recently passed away as he was still intact and quite colorful among the shells. I actually poked him just to make sure he wasn't still alive.
This poor shore bird looked like the unfortunate victim of a shark attack as the only thing left of him was his head. Needless to say, I did not venture into the water!
I walked up and down the long length of the beach for about 3 hours, searching for large shells that were still intact and found quite a few. It was interesting to note that similar shells were to be found in certain places and not others.
Other than the great variety of shells, I'm afraid I find Florida beaches to be a bit boring. There's not much to see other than a huge expanse of water that slowly drops below the horizon.
I guess I just miss my rocky coastline in Maine.
I did find a few interesting things though. This lighthouse was at one end of the beach....
and this pier to nowhere seems to have been what was left after a hurricane blew through.
Again, since I had no one to take my picture, I just got creative and realized I had a setting on my camera that was "self portrait"
The clouds above also made for an interesting photo.
And, last but not least, when I got back, I unloaded my bounty from the shore.....
I think I might just make a little "faux" beach when I get back home!
Life was sunny today.
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