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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Fall Day on the Dunedin Causeway

A beautiful Sunday...begins with brunch at Brenda's on the Causeway...a local eatery, just minutes from the water. "Brenda's" is one of those local hangouts where the same gang (usually over the age of 70) comes in everyday for an inexpensive meal...and gossip. Brenda (herself...and her waitresses are in that same age group) cooks on an open grill behind the counter...and talks with her loyal customers and friends. Her motto is something like this..."we're not Burger King. You have it MY way!" By the way...the French toast is delicious!
















On the bridge to the Causeway and Honeymoon Island State Park, we spied this boat, coming in from a morning of cruising in the Gulf...

There were fishermen of all ages, angling for their supper.
I loved seeing all the fathers and sons casting together.


...and the little girls squealing at the minnows they caught for the fishermen.
These two were giggling as the minnows tickled their feet...adorable!
Cast nets and buckets were the beach accessories of the day...
These two sisters were having so much fun! I wanted to join them in their games...
But then, this man looked so completely relaxed. I wanted some of that peacefulness...
Shorebirds dotted the seaweed banks and coastal waters in search of food...
And if you look down onto the rocky gravel, you just might find a surprise...

The catamarans were out in full force...their colorful sails adding to the festive atmosphere...
...and the ferry to Caladesi Island zoomed back and forth all day...
Caladesi Island is usually in Dr. Beach's top ten list every year...and it's just a short boat ride or paddle from here...No cars can get to the island. Only a ranger lives there...
These guys are loaded up for a day's fishing. I sure hope they don't hook a shark.
(MacDaddy did that on his last kayak fishing trip...just a few yards from here! It was a 4 foot hammerhead! This is not a good thing to do when you are in a kayak!!!)


This fisherman was ready for a long day of fishing. Everything he needed was at hand...
extra fishing line, tackle and BEER were floating within arm's reach.


All good days must come to an end...this couple had just put into the water when we first crossed onto the causeway...now they are completing the circle of the island...heading back to their car.

And we are calling a tow truck... one of the hoses on my Jeep burst and we needed a tow to get to our mechanic...

Oh well...we still had a GREAT day!!!

Jane

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16 comments:

{ L } said...

Jane, you ALWAYS make me want to visit the ocean. Your special way with words and your love for the area entices me every time. :) The ocean has a romantic tone that I love. And I want to eat at Brenda's even though I don't fit the age group, lol.

Michelle said...

Such lovely pictures thank you for sharing.

Erica said...

What a gorgoeus beach......looks like everyone had fun. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

Susan Erickson said...

That was a beautiful Sunday....I relaxed just reading it....oh, how I would love to live by the ocean!,,,, a warm ocean preferably! Great vignettes at the beach...hope those hammerheads don't come in too close! Best, susan

becky at abbeystyle said...

Too bad about the Jeep but glad you didn't let it spoil such a wonderful day! Love your catamaran shot...gotta get me one of those!

Kim, USA said...

Wow love your shots! Happy Wednesday!
The Lake

Donnie said...

I love your Outdoor Wednesday photos. Beautiful day.

simpledaisy said...

Now that sounds like my kind of day....a day on the water!
Your photos are lovely:)

Carolina Mountains said...

Very lovely restful day until the car issue!

Bill said...

Hi Jane,

As always, wonderful photos (and descriptions)!
I feel as if I've had a mini-getaway whenever I stop by for a visit. Sorry you had car trouble, but I can tell you didn't allow it to spoil your mood or your memories of a lovely day.

Hope your weekend goes well.

Kindest regards,
Bill

Flotsam Friends said...

Oh wow Jane. What a day. And what a start to it. Brenda sounds like a colourful character! Love all your shots. Wow, what about that shell?! Pruxxx

Kaybe said...

Well now I'm homesick Jane, this is my hometown. Dunedin was such an amazing place to grow up. We didn't have a/c back in the 60's so my mom would load us all up in her pink Rambler station wagon and we would go to Dunedin Beach which is now Honeymoon State Park. We would swim away the heat of the day. The skate/bike trail that runs the length of the causeway is so much fun to use. At the end of the day you feel like you are riding into the sunset. I'm so glad you got to enjoy such an awesome beach.

jmac said...

Man, oh man..........you're killing me here! We were just talking this afternoon that we can't wait to get back on the ol' Blew Bayou and hit the ocean! Cap'n is talking of a 3 wk very advanced racing class in Key West. Then hitting Cuba and on to the caribbean islands.....Feb is the date! And now your pics have made me say hmmmmmm....what about January??!!!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a wonderful day you had Jane! Fabulous pictures. What a shame about the jeep.

~ Tracy

jmac said...

OMG.....totally off topic here but Jane!!!! Your Auburn boys are off the charts...I'm actually liking them better than my Tigers....oh wait. I DID NOT JUST SAY THAT!!!! BUT....if someone in our conference has to beat us, I want it to be ya'll!! And know what else?? I want Cam Newton to be on my hump island.....I am in love with that quarterback!!!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Everyone in the photos looks so peaceful, so happy. But then, how could they not be on such a glorious day?