Florida – Flagler Beach

On Monday, I arrived in Flagler Beach/Palm Coast.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagler_Beach,_Florida)

I’d love to write that I am on my way on a great trip, but sadly, I cannot.  My Aunt, who I loved to the moon and back, died.  The family was gathering for the funeral on Tuesday morning.

My immediate family and I met at a restaurant on the beach for dinner – to relax after the four hour drive across the state (from south of Tampa).  The restaurant had a large patio with great views.  Two members of my family use walkers, so it was nice to have a place where they could enjoy the beach without struggling to move in the sand.

I wasn’t expecting to take pictures this trip, but fortunately had my old camera with  me.  Here are some pictures from the patio…

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Oregon & Florida – Beaches

If you have been following my blog, you know that my posts have been absent for the past couple weeks.  My 81 year old mother had hip surgery and I have been busy assisting her.  Fortunately, she is doing well and on the road to full recovery.  (However, it may be weeks before I am photographing our beautiful country again.)

Here are some beach photographs of Florida and Oregon.  Two very distant areas – and equally beautiful!

Oregon’s Pacific Ocean…

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Florida’s Gulf coast…

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Florida – Anna Maria Island

Yesterday, I traveled to Manatee Beach on Anna Maria Island.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Maria_Island)

It was a cold noon time, with the temperature between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  The beach is usually very crowded, but yesterday, there were few people.  Everyone I met was a visitor from cold country (northern Illinois, Colorado, near Minneapolis,  Niagara Falls, Ft. Wayne, Rapid City, Vermont, and Buffalo).  They said they would gladly accept a cold day in Florida over the ridiculously cold temperatures they left back home.  (Most people mentioned temperatures below zero!)

The sun was shining and the beach was lovely….

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All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

The 100th blog post! Yippee!

This is the 100th post in the blog.  Two and a half months have passed.  We have been around the continental USA.

Thank you for following the blog!  Seeing your comments and likes have meant a lot to me.

It has been my pleasure to share my adventures with you – in photographs.

In honor of the 100th post, we will revisit some of my favorite photos from the road…  I hope you enjoy….

Swanville, Maine….

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North of Valrico, Florida….

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Alexandria Bay, New York…

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Nebraska…

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Newport, Oregon….

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Sonoma County, California….

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Indiana…

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New York, New York…

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada….

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Deer Isle, Maine…

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Amherst, Massachusetts area….

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Northfield, Minnesota…

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Kent, Connecticut area….

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Oregon coast…

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Buffalo, New York…

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Sarasota, Florida…

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Bear Mountain, New York….

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Reader, West Virginia….

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Washington, D.C….

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South Carolina….

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Trinidad, California….

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Port Townsend, Washington….

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Sullivan Beach, South Carolina

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Panama City Beach, Florida…

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Selma, Alabama…

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Louisiana…

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New Mexico…

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Los Angeles, California….

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Cold Spring, New York….

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Manzanita, Oregon….

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Missoula, Montana…

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Oregon – more of Manzanita

I spend a lot of time in Manzanita, so I have lots of photographs….

Manzanita is a beach paradise on the Pacific Ocean…  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzanita,_Oregon)

nature…

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just outside of town…

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an interesting old house….

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at the candy store….

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for playing in the sand…

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the beach…

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in front of a store….

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Pennsylvania – Lake Erie (Erie & Lake City)

I visited two areas along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie)

My first visit was to Erie, Pennsylvania.    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania)

Went to Lake Erie as the sun was setting….  ( I believe I was at one of the beaches of Presque Isle.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presque_Isle_State_Park)

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The sunset was beautiful….

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I also visited Lake City – a small town area southwest of Erie.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_City,_Pennsylvania)

It is a nice, natural area.  I stayed in a gorgeous, small house on a hill, overlooking the Lake.  The house was surrounded by trees…

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Lake Erie was just a short walk away….

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The Lake and the sunset were gorgeous…

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South Carolina – Sullivan’s Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island Beach (Sullivan Beach) is about 5 miles due east of Charleston.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan%27s_Island,_South_Carolina)

The walkway to the beach (from a residential street)…

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Houses (that overlook the water) along the walk ….

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the beach…

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lots of people and things…

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a beautiful day…

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Florida – St. Petersburg

My travels took me to St. Petersburg  (also known as St. Pete, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Petersburg,_Florida).  I was looking for something fun to do in the Tampa Bay area and was pointed there.

St. Pete is located due west of Tampa.  I enjoyed traveling the long bridges (to get there from Tampa).

I liked St. Pete.  Downtown is a very inviting area, with restaurants, a view of the Bay, and more.

I drove down a pier and grabbed pictures of the city.

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The pier – it houses a restaurant…

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I stopped by the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.fine-arts.org/).  They were hosting a free TEDx lecture event.  (https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program).  It was a great time.  I have wanted to listen to the speakers in person.

This is the reception area at the museum.  Quite pretty.

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I drove to the beach at Treasure Island, just over a small bridge from St. Pete. (http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/treasure-island-beach.html)

It was a cold and dreary day, so there were not many people at the beach.  I took my shoes off and walked barefoot.  It was surprising how different the sand felt from the sand at Panama City Beach.  This sand was not as soft and smooth.

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Florida – Siesta Key Beach (Sarasota)

My travels took me to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarasota,_Florida & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siesta_Beach)

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I went to Siesta Key Beach for the Drumming Circle, that takes place each week on Sunday, an hour before sunset.

A large crowd gathered to watch and listen.  They stood or sat in a circle.  Some people went to the middle of the circle to dance.  About seven or eight musicians kept the beat going.

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The beach was beautiful.  The winter weather was warm, but not warm enough for swimming.

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Many of us gathered by the water and watched the sunset, while listening to the drumming in the distance.

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Florida – Panama City Beach

On the panhandle of Florida (on the Gulf of Mexico coast) is Panama City Beach. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_City_Beach,_Florida)

I joined a former high school classmate at the beach.  We hadn’t seen each other in more than 35 years.  His girlfriend and he were there vacationing.  (They rented a condo on the beach for two weeks.)  I stayed for three days.  It was a wonderful visit!

The condo was high up (I think it was the 17th floor) with a balcony that overlooked the beach.  The view was magnificent!

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It was winter and windy, but still warm enough to walk comfortably on the beach and in the Gulf water.

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Sunset was magnificent, from the beach…

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and from the balcony….

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Photographs and blog content – copyright 2011-2014  Eileen Newman