Sunday, April 21, 2013

Florida in just One Day

We love to pack a picnic lunch and drive to a favorite beach.

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One day last week we drove to Canaveral National Seashore and spent the day on the beach.

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And some of the sights we saw were surprising.

There were TONS of seashells this time and aren’t the bottle caps that hubby found cute?

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But don’t you love the ‘unexpected’ when you travel?

While we drove home, I made a list of some of the things we had seen that includes an eagle, wild turkeys, sandhill cranes and brown pelicans, a hawk and several osprey, dolphins, a small airplane doing stunts over the ocean and the Met Life Blimp!!

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How amazing!

We drive by this ‘Ranch’ every time we go to the beach but this time hubby pulled over for me to get a proper photo! (more commonly called a horse farm here in Florida)

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It was a GLORIOUS day!

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52 comments:

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello My Friend. WOW what a lovely day exploring. what a grand collection of seashell you all found.. I even notice some sea glass.. The Horse Ranch looks pretty impressive.. And of course the SEA looks truly glorious, sunny and warm...which would certainly make me smile.. Have a great week.. Hugs Judy

Stacey said...

Diane, that looks just wonderful. You are living the life girl!

cucki said...

So pretty..enjoy x

Vicky said...

Makes me fall 'in love' with Florida all over again!!
}}Hugs{{
Vicky

acreativeharbor.com said...

Great photos of a delightful day ~ So glad you enjoyed yourself ~ ^_^

Nancy said...

I love seashells. And the ocean. And horse ranches... :)And serendipity! What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

One of those wonderful memory days....and I can hear the surf in the background. Stunning.

Jen

Vintage Gal said...

It sounds like you had just a wonderful day! Love those seashells and the bottle caps are quite unusual.
Oh for the sound of surf and the sight of bright sunshine. I can feel the warmth on my face ~

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Looks like a perfect Spring day in FL!!! I love road trips and picnic lunches!

Tara R. said...

Florida does have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I'm fortunate to live so close to the Gulf Coast.

It's me said...

Enjoy your trip darling....love Ria...xxx...

Chatty Crone said...

I love those pictures - I have never been to this beach - I would love to go there. sandie

Barbara F. said...

Lovely photos, Diane. Love the cute bottle caps displayed in the shells. xo

pembrokeshire lass said...

What a wonderful day. Memories are made of this! I think your idea of thinking over all you saw was so good. I don't know about you but I do tend to take things fore granted and just forget all that I've seen. A lovely post...thanks. Joan

The Boston Lady said...

Canaveral Seashore is such a beautiful, natural beach. We used to go there quite a bit when our children were little. Just the drive through the protected wildlife refuge itself was a treat. Thanks for bringing back some happy Florida memories! Ann

Susie said...

Love your photos. The cowboy on a horse and the dog above the gate is adorable. Nice that you can enjoy days like this. Hope your week is great. xoxo,Susie

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Sounds like such a good time!! I love all your photos!!

Vee said...

Looks like a mighty fine day. What are you going to do with all those shells?!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH TAKE ME NOW TO THE BEACH, DIANE!

Oh dear, I am longing for some sunshine and blue waters!

Thank you so much for coming by with your sweet wishes for a most glorious birthday on Tuesday, but why not start NOW to celebrate! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH TAKE ME NOW TO THE BEACH, DIANE!

Oh dear, I am longing for some sunshine and blue waters!

Thank you so much for coming by with your sweet wishes for a most glorious birthday on Tuesday, but why not start NOW to celebrate! Anita

Nicole said...

Beautiful!

Ellie VanCaster said...

I love seeing the everyday beautiful things of Florida through your eyes-thanks for sharing.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I felt my blood pressure drop as I looked at your photos. It looks incredibly serene. Thank you, and thanks for visiting.

Have a great Sunday and new week.
xoRobyn

20 North Ora said...

Sounds like a day in Heaven to me. I'll be so glad when warm weather gets here to stay. But, even then, we don't have those beautiful beaches.

Enjoy!

Judy

Snap said...

It looks like a wonderful day ... especially when you find treasures on the beach and see a blimp! Fun! (I hear you like to write letters ... pen pal?)

Hugs--

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely day at the beach. A great collection of seashells. I would be thrilled with the bird sightings and the dolphins. Wonderful photos, have a happy week!

Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing for lovely day Diane. That was a great haul of shells.
Judith

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I would love to spend an afternoon at that beach with you Diane.
Beachcombing and collecting shells is such a therapeutic pastime!!
The ranch looks inviting too!
Daphne has just joined my blog and so I visited hers and saw your exquisite card with the gossamer layer - did you make it Diane.
Your writing is beautiful too - not easy to keep it up as we get older!
hugs
Shane ♥

beachcomber said...

looks like you had a lovely day! it's great to see your beautiful part of the world.
x

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Live it up, my friend! Florida is great, such fun place. My daughter Sil and the girls just got back from Orlando and Miami too. I love the beach and shell collecting..you might even make a pretty mirror frame for the bathroom! Have a super week in Flo.!!!
FABBY

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a beautiful day you had! So much fun to be able to go to the beach when you want to! Love the shells and bottle caps. Hope you had a good weekend!
hugs,
Linda

debra @ homespun said...

Your absolute total enjoyment comes through with every word and picture...I smiled the whole way through! :)

Lorrie said...

Such a wonderful day. The first photo of endless sea and sky framed by long stretches of sand is gorgeous. Fills my soul with longing for the beach. How satisfying is a day spent in the outdoors.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Picnics on the beach are the best! Cute bottlecaps - those are some I've never seen before.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Jealous of your day at the beach! Still snow here and too cold!
Love all the seashells and fun bottle caps.
Thank you for the birthday wishes!
Warmly,
deb

Cyndy Newsome said...

Beautiful photos!
I've lived in Florida all of my 40 years...I love my state!

Laurie said...

beautiful photos, you live in an amazing place, no wonder so many go there!

bettyl said...

I love that sort of surprises! My hubby is patient enough to stop for my camera, too!

Joanna Jenkins said...

You totally scored with the shells and caps. What a nice collection.

Happy SIMC, jj

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

How lovely to pack a picnic and go to the beach. Sounds like a great day. Valerie

podso said...

Yes love those surprises that come along when we take a little trip! A great picture of the ranch entrance and I like your new header!

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful photos!! Sounds like you had a great day?
hugs,
Cindy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful day in beautiful Florida! YAY! Isn't it grand? I love your list.

Keetha Broyles said...

beautiful.

BLOGitse said...

What a beach! and your photos are so beautiful...

edenhills said...

It does look like it was a lovely day at the beach! I love the entrance to the ranch.

Mama Zen said...

What awesome pictures!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing your getaway with us. Springwater Ranch looks like such a beautiful spot.

Vintage/Marivel said...

what a wonderful day..!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what an awesome day! Always love your beautiful photos.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So glad the weather is warm, I'm so ready for the beach! We go in a few weeks and I'm so excited. Love your photos, would sure love to get a tour of the ranch, I bet it's something! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Unknown Mami said...

I love the shot of the ranch entrance. Well worth stopping for.