Make it five years in a row! Yes, for the fifth straight year, we awoke on the east coast of Florida to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and then ended the day by watching the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.
This year we began the day at Hillsboro Inlet watching the sunrise only minutes from the house I lived in while in high school.
Boats parading through the channel and a lighthouse were an extra bonus, and the sunrise did not disappoint.
Cooking and eating breakfast on the picnic tables at Hillsboro Inlet Park served as fuel for our cross state road trip.
Next stop: Corkscrew Swamp for a stroll among wild things on the boardwalk cutting through the path of Landmark Cypress.
Then on to the island for a bike ride, walk on the beach
and obligatory sundae at Dairy Queen.
Waiting for sunset included a few casts and even a couple of trout.
With waves washing over our feet, the sky changed from gold to orange and finally pinks and purples as 2017 Sunrise Sunset came to an end.
Where would you suggest we plan this adventure in 2018?
Last spring we discovered the beach at Stump Pass State Park on Manasota Key. As part of our 14 in 14, we took a Spring Break trip exploring new places along Florida’s Southwest coast, and we fell in love with one of those places, Stump Pass State Park.
In fact, we decided to return in the summer for a short beach trip. A time that’s traditionally spent on our favorite beach, Sanibel, and much to our surprise we found many things about Stump Pass that we liked better than Sanibel. This lead us to evaluate the two beaches.
Shark’s Teeth: Stump Pass
Turtles: Stump Pass
Hatchlings to be saved after nest disturbed by a predator
Shells of hatched turtles
Sunset: Stump Pass
Beach: Stump Pass
Restaurants: Sanibel, Sanibel,Sanibel!!!
Sanibel Grill! Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill! Island Cow! Cheeburger, Cheebuger! Lazy Flamingo! No comparison!
Maybe the best lesson to learn is not to get in a rut. Enjoy a favorite place, but not to the exclusion of trying something new.
We’ll just need to spend more time on the beach so we can go to Sanibel and Stump Pass.