After the storm

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We had a big storm come through the area on Friday and then next morning I headed out to Fort Desoto. It was low tide and the beach was full of things we don’t see that often. Lots of live shells. We mostly see broken ones.

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I think this crab took over this empty conch shell.

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This starfish was missing a few limbs.

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The beach was full of these.  They were all empty though.

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Horseshoe crabs were on the beach.

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Another critter taking up residence in an empty shell.

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The beach was full of the above.  Some kind of sea plant?  Looks like corn on the cob husks to me.

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A beautiful cool morning at Fort Desoto Park.

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The “I’m sick all weekend” post – Skywatch Friday

What did I do over the long 4th of July weekend?  Sleep. I was sick with sinus and throat infections so I spent the entire 3 days on the couch. I was looking through some old vacation photos and realized we had taken a trip to Exuma, Bahamas right before I started this blog.  So here is my “I’m sick so I”m going to bore you with my old vacation photos” post.

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Our hotel from the kayak. We stayed at The Hideways at Palm Bay.

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Our little cottage for the week. I loved that we weren’t connected to anyone else. The walkway lead right on to the beach a few feet away.

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Looking out on the beach. Yes, the water was that clear and clean. I did not “clone” out anything in the picture.

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Brett had just gotten into kiteboarding so he brought all of his stuff with him and kiteboarded almost every day. Now he’s been too busy to do this anymore.

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One of the beaches we went to for him to kiteboard. I just walked for miles on the beach and took pictures. It was so peaceful. Since it was the end of the winter tourist season, there was hardly anyone around. This was mid-May.

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Anyone looking for the old Love Boat?

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View from one of the highest peaks on the island.

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An old cemetery looking over a marina.

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The best food on the island. The famous “Chat N Chill” Only accessible by boat or a long kayak trip. We had rice and beans and the best fresh grilled fish caught right there.

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The old conch pile near the Chat N Chill. The big thing to eat on the island is Raw Conch salad.  Fresh right out of the water. No thanks!

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Someone’s lunch waiting in the water.

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Parking lot at the Chat N Chill. Our hotel had a little taxi boat that took us over.

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The starfish were amazing.

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I went kayaking every day. The beach was lined with kayaks to use so I would just paddle out for a few hours. Brett took this from our cottage. I had a shirt on because by the end of the week my back was getting a little crispy.

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We found a secluded beach within a few minutes of walking distance. No one was there. It was just beautiful.

It was a perfect trip. No rain, perfect breeze. Years ago there were only a few hotels on this little island. Exuma is much farther south than the bigger tourist Bahama islands. No cruise ships here. It was very quiet and laid back. Almost too laid back though. The service is not the same as back in the states.  The only place we got really great service at dinner was at the Four Season’s resort (which I think now is a Sandal’s resort).  The last two nights we just called and ordered room service early and then ate our dinner out on the beach. That was even better. Some day we’ll get back there. These were all taken with an old Fuji point and shoot. I think then I only had an 8 megapixel.

Fort De Soto on Christmas day

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Ruddy turnstone convention on the jetti.

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This one was on the pier.

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His feet were tangled up together. He was flying around pretty good so I’m not sure how you could catch him.

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My first common loon sighting of the winter. There were two of them swimming around in a lagoon.

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They are not common at all.

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A cormorant was going after a fish on someone’s pole.

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He’s thinking he has an easy meal.

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He was giving it a good tug but in the end the fisherman was able to pull it up with the fish intact.

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Although later, he did  manage to steal a fish from someone who wasn’t paying attention.

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Someone pulled up a starfish. Back he went into the water.

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I checked on the old owl’s nest from last winter. There was an owl sitting there sleeping. Hopefully there’s an egg underneath it. Last year the owl couple had two babies but only one survived.

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A great blue heron flying by.

We had a big late breakfast and wasn’t going to eat dinner until much later on Christmas day. We were tempted to spend the day on the couch in our pj’s watching old Christmas movies but it was just to gorgeous outside. Sunny and 70 degrees. My sister was visiting for the week from South Dakota and she wanted to get outside and walk around so we headed to Fort De Soto. It was a perfect afternoon. We walked around both piers and looked around at the North beach but it was too windy for any shorebirds. Perfect day off.

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