Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Day at the Ocean “Canaveral National Seashore”

As part of my birthday celebration, my sweet hubby wanted to take me to my MOST favorite place on earth, Canaveral National Seashore. The weather was in the 70s with light winds and abundant sunshine. So we packed a picnic lunch and headed to the beach.

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There is something so calming about the sea…

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It wasn’t crowded at all and there were plenty of seashells along the edge of the water.

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We also drove to the Visitors center and saw some amazing sights on the Intercoastal Waterway.

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Dolphins at play!

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They were splishing and splashing and have a fun time!

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Here’s a map to give you an idea of where it is.

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It was a fabulous day! Can’t wait to go back again soon! How many day trips do you think I can get out of one birthday? heehee!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

40 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Diane! Awesome photos of one of my favorite places to visit in Florida. The beach is beautiful, I love seeing the gulls, pelicans and the dolphins. Great sightings and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love that area! You got some great pictures.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love these photos. I miss the beach so much. I hope you get several more birthday trips!!

ann said...

Happy Birthday! Now that is the best way to celebrate. We are off to the mountains today. Wishing you a wonderful day, Diane.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm running out of parks in 'convenient' driving of Tampa. I may have to start hitting the east coast

SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren said...

Happy Birthday Diane!! I so enjoyed your pictures of your dau at a gorgeous beach, Seeing the Pelicans and Colophons at play, Makes me proud to say Our Florida truly is a Beautiful state!!
(((Happy Birthday Hugs )))) , Sherrie

Susie said...

Diane, I used to go to Daytona for 20 years. I have been to the cape once. I loved it. The shuttle landing strip. I know it's a half mile wide and 3 miles long. :) I love your ocean photos...I miss that smell and the seeing the shells and sand...that used to make me know how small I was in the universe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hey--you were in my area for your birthday--
and one of my blog friends from Maryland is right near that place today and her Husbands aunt is taking them 'birding' today--they both love photography too--wonder if this is where is took them--may see them later today--
I do think that you enjoyed your birthday--
enjoy the moments-di

Latane Barton said...

A perfect birthday outing. And, by the way, Happy Birthday. Thanks for following my new blog 'A healthy me'. You're the best!!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Diane, your ocean photos are such a beautiful blue! I adore the ocean and find it to be so calming and restful. I love how you spent your birthday. Seeing the dolphins swimming and finding shells would be the perfect day for me. Enjoy your weekend. ♥

Helma said...

Beautiful pictures of the sea.
The sea is really soothing.
Mid next week I go a few days at sea;-)
Have a very nice evening

happyone said...

Beautiful photos. I'm not really a beach person but I do like walking the beach early in the morning.

Cheryl said...

So jealous! 70 degrees? Wow!!!! Sounds like a perfect day at the beach, lucky duck!!!Happy Birthday :-)

Cloudia said...

Wishing you many happy returns of this beautiful birthday! Thank you for sharing it

Nora said...

I love all the beach photos, and the Pelican! Great shots. Looks like you had a happy birthday celebration time.

Connie said...

We visited Coco Beach a few years ago . . . it was wonderful walking on the beach gathering seashells and getting my toes wet :) So calming and relaxing.

NanaDiana said...

Ahhhhh--now you have hit on my sweet spot when it comes to FL. I love that area and when we spend time in FL I love the New Smyrna Beach area...it is a little area that times seems to have bypassed on some level.
I hope you have a great rest of the weekend. xo Diana

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Love the dolphins...

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Diane. :)

AndreaC said...

Happy birthday! I am happy to stumble by your blog. I bookmarked this national seashore site. I am visiting our son and his wife and I see they only live 40 miles from this seashore park so my husband and I will be sure to go there when we visit soon. We lived in Delaware most of our lives and our favorite beach was Cape Henlopen for the same reasons of it being a (although state) natural park without the commercialism of the other shore areas. Andrea

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, So glad you had a special day to celebrate!! I have been there a few times myself.I surfed as a young girl. Very far from the ocean now LOL I would love to be on your sidebar if you have room! As I love all those you have on it!
Have a blessed Lords Day...
Hugs, Roxy

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That's one beach I've never gotten to and I've always wanted to visit. Looked like a perfect day.

Phil Slade said...

Looks fun, and warm. Nice Ring-billed Gull picture, an attractive gull that makes it across the Atlantic to the UK most years.

Anni said...

This is my idea of a perfect day [be it a birthday or not]. And a picnic lunch to boot. You really know how to live.

Love the portrait of the ring billed gull.

I also want to convey my thanks to you for sharing this with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin'....it's always much appreciated. And a belated happy birthday. Celebrate like this, at least once a week if you ask me.

Ariadne said...

Great!I so much love the sea!Did you look for sea glass?AriadnefromGreece!

NatureFootstep said...

I live inland so I can really appreciate a beach like yours. Mosty I can only dream of it. Love the gulls.

Lea said...

I think a whole month of celebrating a birthday is just about the right amount of time!

Karen Ann said...

Happy Birthday!!... and oh, to see Dolphins play - not around these parts anyway. Lucky girl.

Debbie said...

gorgeous!! the beach, it is my happy place!! how fun to see dolphins!!

Mildred said...

Happy belated birthday! Such gorgeous weather for your trip to the beach. Enjoy your Sunday.
I have just started a new blog, a photo a day, if you care to visit just click on my name in this comment.

Vee said...

You know, Diane, if we all show up, that beach won't be so quiet anymore! 😉 I would love a pleasant, warm day at the beach...perhaps July!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

A great place. Living here in Florida I still do not get to the beach often enough.

Lowcarb team member said...

You've had a most wonderful (and extended) birthday.
The beach looks great, love all of your images

All the best Jan

Kathy said...

I'm longing for the weather to be warm enough to go to the beach. What great shots of the birds you got, especially that pelican. Happy birthday! Do like I do and get at least two (maybe three?) days out of it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh keep that Birthday Thang going for as long as you can girl! (But I think I've guessed a little secret about your sweet hubby -- I'm pretty sure he is happy to take you anywhere you want to go on almost any day of the year, birthday or not).... The ocean is wonderful!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Happy belated birthday Diane.
Looks like you had a wonderful day out going to the beach, and I agree is is the best place to go to. We have just come back from a swim in the sea and it was lovely
hugs
Carolyn

Lois said...

Beautiful! I grew up near the Intercoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach and we used to love to go watch the dolphins play there.

Cherdecor said...

I have never been on that side of Florida, but I would love to visit sometime. 70 degrees sounds wonderful about now. I think you should get a few more birthday trips. Some people have a birthday week. Blessings to you!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a wonderful area - you have such beauty so close at hand. I love the beach - I could wander about all day. The photos are wonderful - hope your birthday was gloriously happy - and hope you get a lot more trips to celebrate. Happy happiest my sweet friend.

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm so sorry I missed your birthday! We've had an illness in the family that is serious and so I have been away from blogland for a bit. I'm so glad you had a good one and got to go to your favorite place!