A Break From Everything

Back in July, my job went from three days a week to five days a week (my choice).  I know people work five days a week all the time, but I haven’t in about twenty-five years.  I’m feeling it.

Needless to say, my garden looks pitiful.  I can’t even take a picture of it.  It’s that bad.

So I will just focus on vacation.

Every year, Al takes me for a motorcycle trip.  We’ve been to the Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Black Hills to name a few.  We have never been to the beach though.

Until now.

We arrived in Navarre, Florida Sunday.  After traveling through cloudy, cold weather and then cold rain, we were happy to arrive in a much warmer and sunnier climate.

Navarre is home to the Gulfs Longest Pier.

navarre pier

It measures 1545 ft. long and is 30 ft. above the water.  It is beautiful in every direction.

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From the pier, we saw a dolphin swimming

navarre dolphin

and a very large sea turtle that swam away before I could snap a pic.

Here is a shot of the pier from the beach area we are at.

navarre pier

Our condo also has a private fishing pier


with its own collection of sea life.

navarre stingray

that looks like a stingray to me

navarre ocean jellyfish


navarre ocean jellyfish

jellyfish up close and personal

The pier for the condo does have rules and I love the last one.


Today the skies looked a little ominous.  But, dang it, we were at the beach for the first time in our lives and we were going to swim it.

navarre ocean allen

that’s my Al

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Tomorrow we are hoping to visit the National Aviation Museum to see the Blue Angels practice.

Fingers crossed for good weather!




About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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12 Responses to A Break From Everything

  1. Buffy says:

    Great Beach photos! I’m so jealous! This is the first year we didn’t get to go to Florida on vacation. We are missing it. Enjoy the Emerald water and white sand!


  2. Becky says:

    Ahhhhhhh, the beach! We lived 15 minutes from Emerald Isle in NC, the first two years we were married. In those days the beach was completely undeveloped, open as far as you can see. We would just drive until we found a likely spot, then pull off into the sand, throw down our blanket and towels, and swim and sunbathe to our hearts’ content. It was marvelous!
    That beach is now packed tightly with condos and tourist traps…I’m so glad I have those memories from forty years ago!
    There’s nothing to compare to the ocean, and I’m so glad that you guys are finally getting to experience it. 🙂


    • I loved the beach. Allen tolerated the beach 🙂 He has never wanted to go and that’s why we never have. I almost had to throw a hissy fit to get to go. Ha!
      Maybe it was the time of year, but we pretty much had the beach to ourselves and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope I can go back and stay a little longer.


  3. I know how you feel about your garden…haven’t touched it all year and now I have to get 6 months of work done in 2…yikes! Enjoy your vacation…I love the beach and ocean.


  4. Dawn says:

    Enjoy every minute, Brenda! It’s such fun to explore new places.Traveling by motorcycle must be a real adventure! Safe travels! ♡


  5. Enjoy your time away from the dirt! 🙂 I little sand and a few waves can do wonders for the soul. Wish I were there… ❤


  6. bittster says:

    That water looks fantastic. Enjoy your time away, the weeds will wait for you!
    Going up to five days a week sounds like less fun than the beach :/


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