Beach Time | WW w/LINKY

Our beach week is more than half over!  I'm so sad.  One of the things I miss the most about Florida is the beaches.  It was so nice growing up here and only being an hour and a half to the closest beach and two hours to the beach in the other direction.  Beach trips were day trips then, or maybe a weekend.  I remember one weekend at Daytona with my parents when  I was a preteen and then a couple days in Daytona for my graduation weekend.  Or there were the trips to Panama City when I was a student at FSU.  There were walks on the beach with my grandma at Indian Rocks when my grandparents lived in Largo.  And there were day trips to Fort DeSoto, where we would swim out to the sandbar.   I LOVED being at the beach, no matter how old I was.  Now when we go to the beach, we go for the week and actually somehow manage to spend less time at the beach.  

I must have the most boring beach kids in the world, because they'll play for a little bit and then just sit on the towels. Or maybe it's because they are NOT growing up with actual salt-water, rolling wave, shell-seeking beaches.

 Or maybe it's an age thing.  The youngest two kids with us played for much longer than the oldest two.  

My stepmom and I began our day in the dark yesterday on our way to the beach to watch the sunrise. 

 We're actually about 15 minutes away from the beach where we are staying.  When my stepmom was making the reservations, her options were at the resort at the beach. . . which was actually on the other side of the road from the beach or at a resort that actually had MORE amenities, but was a drive to the beach.  I told her, if we're not right on the beach anyway, we should choose the resort that had more amenities.  The kids have been pretty happy here and since they don't like the beach that much anyway, I think we made the right choice.  I surely would like to make it back to the beach again, though.

Yesterday when my stepmom and I went for our sunrise walk, we saw something in the water.  We could tell that it was a group of animals--it was definitely more than one animal. We could also tell that the animals didn't seem to have dorsal fins.   So, we figured they weren't sharks OR dolphins.  The animals kept rolling up the way dolphins do, but they didn't have the fins.  We figured out that we kept seeing some kind of flipper coming up.

There was a HUGE group of them.  We were trying to walk along with them where they were swimming and we finally figured out that they were manatees.  The manatees usually stay in the intracoastal waterway, but it was calm yesterday in the morning and they made their way out into the ocean.

Later yesterday when we went back to the beach with the kids, there were helicopters flying around and obviously filming something.  

We asked one of the bartenders at the tiki bar at our sister resort if they knew what was going on.  It turns out the manatees had beached themselves.  She said that most of them were on their way back out though.  I hope they made it back into the intracoastal waterway, because when my stepmom and I made it back to the beach in the evening, the water had gotten a lot rougher.  

After talking to some more people, we found out that there were in fact 12 manatees in all, 11 males and one female.
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  1. Wonderful images from your time at the beach. I love the sunrise and cool sighting of the manatee. I hope the manatees made their way back to the water safly. My son is 22 and would much prefer a trip to beach his girl over his mom. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  2. Beautiful photographs! Hanging out at the beach is one of my favorite summertime places to be! Love walks on the beach; sunrise or sunset, it's so calming!
    Happy WW!

  3. Love the beautiful photos what a lovely beach :-)

    Have a sandytastic week :-)

  4. Wonderful photos! It looks like a wonderful stay.

  5. Looks like a wonderful daycation!

  6. We could use some beach time! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Seems you all had a great time.Lovely photos....

  8. When we went to the beach, my 22 year old daughter and I played in the water the entire time.

  9. Hi there. First time here so I wanted to give you a shout. Your pictures are great and I love traveling back in time with you with your beach trips. I like that you and your stepmom get up early enough to catch the sunrising. ~Lowanda visiting from

  10. I see why you miss the beach! So pretty there!

  11. What a beautiful sunrise... Great capture - thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy Wordless Wednesday! :)

  12. Such beautiful pictures I wish we could visit the Beach someday.

  13. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  14. Perfect, the sunrise is a very special time of day


  15. Thank you Molly, Evija, Glenda, Jessica, pixiedusk, Lowanda, Joyce, Amila, Patrick, Angela, Jen, Steve, Christine, Eileen and "artadorned" for stopping by and for your nice comments!!! We have been super busy down here on our vacation! Hope to see all of you again next week at Wordless Wednesday!


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