As I type this last Barrier Dunes – Cape Escape Blog, we are driving into Port St. Joe’s for the last time this year. What a ride we have had! We take with us these very special moments….
Amazing new forever friends (Jann, Nancy, Christine & Phil, Carol, Jan, Lissa, Pat & Rick, Julie & Mitch, Margaret & Steve, Jana Wendy Jackson, Kim & Claudio) . Amazing old forever friends (Trevor & Sooz, Ken & Ruth, Steve & Diane). Lots and lots of fury friends (Clover & Magical, Journey, Olive, Andi & Hope, Maggie, Charlie, Jackson, Tammi, Pearl & Boji, Scout & Cabo, Mecca, Rory & Seamus and all the others that names escape me, but not their beautiful faces. Oh the beautiful beach. White sand. Long walks. Dogs playing Sea shells. The sea. Sunsets (thank you Jan, Carol, Christine). Fantastic sea food (St. Joe Shrimp, The Owl in Apalachicola, The Sand Bucket!, The Indian Pass, The Dockside). Horse Back Riding on the Beach! Dog Mardi Gras in Apalachicola! Golf @ St. Joseph’s Bay (didn’t see the three legged alligator, but did see one with 4 legs and BIG TEETH). Singing on the beach. Cigars on the beach watching the sunset. Turtles. Fishing. SUNSHINE! Dolphins!
Friday – Trev and Sooz offered for Mikey, Brody and I to extend our get away for another two day by sharing their condo! We gladly accepted their gracious offer, as we just weren’t ready to say good-bye to The Cape and all our friends just yet. The four of us invited our precious Golden forever friends for a luncheon at our place. Well, it was more a leftover and get rid of everything in the fridge and freezer lunch. It was wonderful….
Jann with Magical…she made herself right at home!
Sooz and Trev
Nancy and Mikey
Journey looking for a hug!
Brody and Journey playing tug of war with Journey’s new stuffy
Brody, as the only male on four legs, need to survey the street
Trevor, the stiff upper lip Brit is really just a teddy bear when it comes to 4 legged fur babies
Nancy, Jann, Sooz and Trev
To Jann’s surprise, Nancy brought brownies and candles for her Birthday on March 5th!
The girls left and then it was time to get it together and clean the condo, pack, and get ready to move over to Sooz and Trev’s for a couple of days…
Saturday: – It’s moving day! After the morning walk (without the camera), we moved over to the Lewin’s condo for the weekend. The pups were over joyed!
The men decided they wanted to golf and I politely declined as I was more than tired and didn’t sleep well at all. As a matter of fact, my mind was so busy – I slept only 3 hours that night. Sooz and I decided to take the pups over to the Hammock Trail at St. Joseph’s Penninsula National Park, which was very relaxing.
Only thing missing on this beautiful but dead tree is an Eagle!
Check out the turtles and their “friend” lurking…he was huge! This is right outside of The Lewin’s condo!
And some feathered friends….
Trev made us a curried chicken and rice for dinner…it was delicious!
Off to bed to bag some zzzz’s in anticipation of our last full day at The Cape.
Sunday – Lovely walk in the morning. Found THE SHELL! The beautiful clam shell that looks like a heart…Problem. The clam was still alive in there. Snif, snif…Mikey suggested that I should put him back in the ocean to set him free. He was right of course. I would have felt soooo guilty had I have kept him. Met our Golden Girls – love walking with them and their fur babies. Sooz and I were then off to Port St. Joe for some shopping and lunch. What we didn’t know is that downtown Port St. Joe rolls up it’s sidewalks on Sunday. So we went off for lunch at The Dockside. We ran into Margaret and Steve. It was quite busy, so they suggested we share a table with them. So glad we did. Lovely couple that have been coming to Barrier Dunes for the past 5 years. They gave us some fun things to do next year when we return. Steve suggested we try the Oyster shot…Raw oyster in a shot glass filled with a Bloody Mary.. Oh yum! Off to St. Joe Shrimp to pick up some grouper fillets and oysters for our last fish fry while in The Cape. The boys cooked up the most fabulous Grouper fingers and fried oysters. So fitting for our last vacation dinner together. Headed down to the beach (actually RAN) to catch the sunset. Mikey caught some great shots on his iphone and Trev with his camera. Cigars, wine, sunset, pups and FRIENDS….. I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!
Catching some rays while Sooz and I head to shop in St. Joe’s
When we returned home from shopping, we found this guy in the backyard…
Tried to watch the Oscars, but fell asleep..awakening at 4am. Ugh….
Monday – Couldn’t get back to sleep as too much to do! Early morning walk was scheduled for 7:30am and not the normal 9:30 in order to get a head start home. Met with our Golden’s on the beach and didn’t they buy us all a “Life is Good” t-shirt and beautiful cards!!. Of course they didn’t forget Brody and Tammi either by including a couple of oyster bones! We spent the walk telling each other how much our vacation was enhanced by each others company. So blessed to have met these two fabulous women. THEN….Sooz found “the clam shell”…intact, but with no clam inside….We were both jumping up and down like school girls. She proudly gave it to me telling me that “I told you we would find it today”….Gladly, she was right!
Journey wanted to get in on the hug!
“Look what I found Robz”!!
One last swim!
The Pups didn’t cross the line!
My special friend…
See you soon Jann!
See you soon Nancy!
I will leave you with this….
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Until we meet again…..
LIFE IS GOOD…..