to Daytona Beach we go. On the east coast of Florida. This was our first trip and we were staying over for one night to visit friends who were visiting for the week from Georgia.
The view from our room on the 14th floor. I zoomed in with my phone on the last one. Our hotel was next door to a small amusement park.
We met up with our friends who were staying near the Ponce Inlet and spent some time walking around the lighthouse before heading to dinner.
We had dinner at a fun little restaurant next to the lighthouse that was right on the water.
View from our table.
It was a quick short trip to have dinner with our friends. I was traveling light so all of the above were taken with my phone.
After walking the nature trail at Honeymoon Island State Park, I headed over to the beach to see if there were any shorebirds hanging around.
The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers.
The waves were splashing over the jetties. It was fun to be out in one of the last cool windy days before the heat sets in (and the tourists).
A few sites from our trip to Hallandale Beach.
The beach had tall buildings as far as you could see.
This big statue was at the Gulfstream horse race track in Hallandale. I made Brett pull over so I could jump out and take a picture. It must be a new statue. The park around it had not opened yet.
Brett and I spent a long weekend in south Florida recently hanging out with his relatives. Hallandale Beach is in between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale so you get the best of both worlds. We spend 2 days running from the north end of Ft. Lauderdale to the south end of Miami. Tons more pictures to come.
Over the years Honeymoon Island state park has had many controlled burns on the trail. It keeps the area from over growing and keeps uncontrolled fires from getting out of hand such as a lightning strike. Most of the trees grow back but a few of them along the trail are dead. They leave the trees up to keep the park in a natural state. Many of the dead trees have osprey, owl or woodpecker nests. It gives the park a different eery feel.
At the same park is a beautiful beach. The morning I was there in late January it was cloudy and windy. The beach was almost empty except for a few shell collectors. It was fun to see the beach in a different light.
It was too windy and choppy to kayak. They were all stacked up waiting for a sunny day.
Even a dark, cloudy, windy, cold morning at the beach is still a great morning.
I rarely go to Clearwater Beach anymore. It’s very crowded and cost a fortune to park, if you can get a parking spot. Although, it is fun to go over every once in while to see what’s going on. Right after I picked up my sister from the airport we headed over to the beach to walk around. She had not been in several years. We were hoping to get a good sunset but dark clouds had moved in. I guess the weather had kept most people indoors because it wasn’t too crowded the Tuesday before Christmas. It was fun walking around the beach and marina.
The view of the pool area near our room.
The view from our room.
The view from my beach chair.
The view from the front door.
The view of the critters that come out at night. We would see them coming back from dinner each night. I’ve never seen lizards this color before, especially with glowing red eyes.
Another view from my beach chair.
All views at our hotel, Casa Ybel, in Sanibel Island.