I am writing this post with an “after Christmas family hangover.” I would have gotten to this earlier in the day, but my lovely wife insisted we get an early start.
We were off and running with an incredible trip to one of my favorite places in the whole world: Honeymoon Island and Caldesi State Park. Honeymoon Island is small state park here in Florida. Located just north of Clearwater, the park features an exceptional dog beach—almost a mile of white sand, dunes and sea oats, a nature trail and picnic area all open to dogs and their families.
The park is in fact an island, connected to the mainland by the Dunedin Causeway. There is something interesting to see in every direction. Blue/turquoise water, shuttered beach houses, a small restaurant, a long pier for the ferry to Caldesi island and—just to break the mood—a view of high rise condo’s back to the east as far as the eye can see.
The weather was perfect for this time of year. 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!
We took a leisurely walk along the beach, allowing our dog, Finnegan, to make a number of new canine and human friends. But we could only stay for a couple of hours. A quick walk along one of the nature trails and off we want. Next stop: A visit to Pattie’s extended family who live nearby in New Port Richie, Florida.
We enjoyed a fattening meal of ham, turkey and every starchy food under the sun. And did I mention the cookies, fudge and a mysterious concoction they call “ice cream salad.” All I know is I tasted lots of whipped cream, butter pecan ice cream and a rich, graham cracker crust, for starters.
We brought the only green things to the party ourselves—a large platter of fresh veggies and homemade dip.
I understand I am sharing the joy of my Christmas day with a lot of you who aren’t feeling well. You or your loved ones may feel anxious or even depressed, wondering what the future holds. And some of you are in constant pain. I’m so sorry about that.
I understand! I felt more bone pain than usual this afternoon. But who had time to notice? What a wonderful day! I just wish I could have shared it with all of you. Wait! I think I just did.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat