If we've had a conversation in the past few weeks, then there's a solid chance you've heard me go on about how excited I am to go to Florida. While the state itself gets a bad rap, my family's been going to a wonderful little notch in the panhandle since my first birthday. So in my mind, this slice of the sunshine state's a retreat full of family history.
My grandparents bought the house when my mom was sixteen. Since then the area's stayed fairly quiet, a small miracle in and of itself, not to mention it's only five doors down from the water. I figured the best way for you to really understand how special this place is, Sun Glo if we're going to be on a first name basis, would be to have you tag along on a typical day.
When I'm home we'll make upwards of two/three pots of coffee, a luxury to be sure. If the weather's nice we'll drink a warm cuppa on the porch. Should the day start with a quick shower of rain, then at least we can enjoy coffee while it rains on the tin roof.
Obviously the highlight is going to be the beach itself. While I can't say for sure (seeing as I haven't been to the Pacific ocean) the Gulf is my favorite body of water. It's temperature rests at a point that I'm sure most would approve of, cool not bath-tub warm. Our spot is wedged between the canal, where boats come in to dock, and the pier, where fisherman tend to post up (not of the ferris wheel kind).
If you're not the kind for staying out 80% of the day, then we probably wouldn't be able to hang for long. I'm all about camping out at the water front. Give me a book, a big ol' water bottle (with some lemon, lime, or orange slices) and a cooler of beer - and I'll be all set.
Once we head in for the day we'll all take turns showering, unless it's warm enough to use the outdoor shower (that water is ICE cold). Whether we're grilling or setting up a low country boil, we'll camp out on the back patio exchanging stories and catching up. Our little sitting area is blessed with the placement between two buildings, so we'll get a nice funnel of wind in the later afternoon. *Note: this is also the appointed time for napping, should one be needed.*
After dinner we head down to watch the sun set over the canal. I've watched the sunset countless times in the same spot, and yet each time it changes. This place means so much to me and it's just stupid crazy how lucky I am to come every year with the people I love the most.