If you are a regular reader of this site, it comes as no surprise that things have been quiet around here for a few weeks. I normally blame this on my lack of being an actual writer, being uninspired, or (in addition to being on my one man search for Sasquatch) continuously vying for the Slacker Blogger of the Year Award, where I would accept the award via satellite from my couch because I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to attend the award ceremony.
(Side note: I know no one wants to hear about me not writing, but do a quick search for “worst blogger award” and note how many people start a blog post with “So, the award for worst blogger for (insert time frame) is….ME!!!” or some iteration thereof. Why do people who run blogs want to be known as a bad blogger?)
Anyway, I’ve been silent because the past few weeks have been a hectic, terrible mess. I won’t bore you with the details, so here’s a brief recap of the past three weeks: Kim and I have worked two 4-day long festivals that required 8-12 hour days, given 4 presentations, driven over 2,000 miles through 8 different states, and lost our beloved dog, Bear.
Suffice it to say, I’m exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally. So, Kim and I decided to do what we do when we need some quality downtime: head to the beach.
Our next round of presentations are in Florida, which does have beaches. It’s also where everyone from the middle western United States goes for spring break, summer vacation, the winter…you get the point – it’s chock full of touristy beaches, and touristy beaches are not relaxing beaches.
So we scoured the atlas and the internet, looking for a quiet place where we could recharge our batteries, and we stumbled upon a gem of a spot: Little Talbot Island State Park. Here’s the description of the park from their website:
With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow for hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds.
When I read this description, all I saw was undeveloped barrier island and hours of relaxation, because that’s exactly what we were looking for. So we made a reservation, pulled our house-on-wheels into our fully shaded campsite, and settled in.
In the past few days, Kim and I have explored nearly all of the five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches during long walks. We’ve sat in chairs at the beach, losing the day inside pages of our books. And best of all, the park has a boat ramp that’s a five-minute walk from our campsite, where we put in our stand-up paddle boards and explore the salt marshes.
If it weren’t for the mosquitoes (I counted over 40 bites on my legs yesterday), it would be as close to paradise as we could ask for. Or, it’s at least the paradise we needed right now.