Wednesday, September 23, 2009
When I cannot get to St. Augustine for R&R, I slip over to my brother's condo on Sand Key. It's not quite the same...Gulf vs. Atlantic...gently lapping waves vs. noisy, crashing waves...but it sure is beautiful. It's a wonderful place to relax and regroup...and to breathe!
Sand Key is just south of Clearwater Beach, in Florida. It's primarily residential, with just a couple of hotels...a Sheraton resort right on the gulf (fabulous place to stay) and a Marriott on the bay. From the condo, you can view the beautiful bay to the east and the expanse of the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The sunsets are spectacular, the water is warm, and there are shells and sea life just waiting to be discovered. As I wade through the gentle waves, I do the "Sting Ray Shuffle"...a dance where you drag your feet to avoid stepping on sting rays. These gentle creatures bury themselves in the sand, hiding from their predators. They will not harm you unless you happen to step on the barbed area on their back...hence the shuffle. Today, a school of rays rise as one and flutter all around me. The fins tickle my legs...and they're gone. In the distance I watch several dolphins rise and fall in a graceful dance through the waters. A lone pelican dives into the waves catching his snack...and the gulls are laughing overhead. I am at peace......... and I can BREATHE.Please visit Barbara Jacksier and all the other Waterside Wednesday bloggers at http://barbarajacksier.blogspot.com . You never know what you will find. Also visit Susan and all the Outdoor Wednesday bloggers at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com.