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delicious fresh salmon.. grilled with lemon by sam. so so so yummy.
ruth’s bachlorette party.. with a spa theme. manis and pedis and facial masks and yummy treats and music and candles..
the sunrise, our first of our trip.. beautifully streaking across the sky on ruth and mahlon’s wedding day.. =}
we came to this park to see if we could spot manatee. apparently it was a good place to catch sight of them. well. we didn’t see a single one. but we got quite the comedy show from the pelicans!
this guy was absolutely determined to get some free fish from the fisherman. they weren’t so impressed. but he wouldn’t give up.
it was a beautiful trip. so peaceful and relaxing.. so much time to be with friends. and i like florida now. and no, i didn’t want to leave. =} -beth
often our trips are best expressed through our iPhone photos.. the little moments and the little joys. so excuse the poor quality of some of these photos.. but i just couldn’t leave them out because they so perfectly expressed those moments. :)
house of joe. we found this coffee shop at the beginning of the trip and frequented it during the week. the owner is friends with our very own bald guy brew of blowing rock and goes snowboarding there, so it made a rather quick friendship. besides the coffee and smoothies were superb and the atmosphere wonderful, so who could blame us for going there every other day?
most of the days were overcast and a bit windy.. but gorgeous none the less. and hey, we didn’t have to worry about sunburns. :) i actually love the beach when it’s chilly and breezy. when there’s clouds and dark skies. it’s more wild somehow.
ruth’s 21st birthday actually fell on her wedding day, but they threw her a little party at the crab shack we went to a couple nights before. it was overlooking the bay and quite a charming little place with delicious food. she was pretty delighted when they brought her a chocolate brownie for her birthday.
i love storms on the beach. the incredible strength and power of it all makes one feel so small and awed. the howling wind, surging waves and lightning striking on the horizon is enough to make you realize this life isn’t all just about me.
during our spa themed bachlorette party for ruth, the guys went out and got sushi. mmm. look at that? so beautiful. yes i’m jealous.
and the wedding day dawned beautiful with our first real sunrise of the trip. for real. how special is that?
i have too much to say about her wedding.. so maybe i will just not say anything. it was beautiful. and i almost cried during the entire ceremony.
coffee shop again, yes!
goy and i had pinky promised to go and try to see the sea manatee while we were there. so the night after the wedding goy and daryl, andrea, rob, john and i went to this park that was supposedly the best place to sight them. we watched a beautiful sunset, laughed at the clumsy pelicans and admired dolphins lithely dipping in and out of the water around us, but no sea manatees. maybe next time..
afterwards we went to this delicious restaurant with the most curious of names.. “the yellow dog”. i admit we were turned off by the name at first as it revoked images of shaggy yellow dogs shaking off ocean water.. but we got over it and were delightfully surprised at the incredible dinner we ate. i can honestly say i had the best tilapia i’ve ever enjoyed in my entire life.
and with that, the beach trip came to a close. i was sorry to leave. i always am. the beach, as all wild places, is so refreshing, so healing, so rejuvenating. i never want to leave places like that. and for some reason God feels closer. i don’t know why.
we headed over to “the jungle” where john’s parents live to spend an evening with them before heading home. they work at a boy’s camp in the middle of a jungle, complete with alligators and wild pigs and all! it’s an incredible place.
i sat in front of the fire watching the sparks fly around and feeling the warmth against my face and pondered. how this was one of those moments where i realize life will be different from now on. not in a bad way, just different. change. letting go.
embracing the moments that i’m living. with the people i’m living them with. to never take those moments for granted. because they’re gone so quickly. there’s more beautiful moments around the corner, yes, but what of the moments i lived and did not enjoy? they are lost to me. so i resolve to enjoy ever moment. every person.
the huge beach house the bridal party is staying at..
the last couple days my life has consisted of beach walks, ocean breezes, the surf coming in over my toes, cold jumps into the ocean, looking at seashells, wandering around on the beach taking photos and being with friends. :)
yesterday we went over to the park where ruth and mahlon’s wedding is going to be.. its beautiful. surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the bay. it has a little pier and will be quite charming at night for their reception.
it’s been very cloudy so far at the beach. i honestly don’t mind because it’s been so much more beautiful and makes for better photos, too.. and mostly, because its not so hot! it’s been in the 70’s and cool breezes the whole time. so delightful.
i found a perfect little porteuguese man of war on the beach. so deadly and beautiful.
and i finally got a picture of the moon..
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the beach. the sound of the surf rushing in and out. pelicans swooping over the water, dipping down and coming up with fish. a dolphin in the distance gracefully swimming in and out of the waves. a perfect tiny little portuguese man of war. huge waves crashing over my head. sand beneath my feet. a nearly full moon reflecting on the water.
i took this photo after dark. in fact, let me show you just how dark. :) i took the next photo at the same time. a mere two or three minutes later.
thank God for tripods and shutter releases. :)
for a beautiful day at the beach, the warm breeze, the brisk walk along the ocean, the wind in my hair. for the funny little seagulls who act so terrified of me when i walk up but are too lazy to fly away.
thank God that this is only day one of my week.
this past weekend, john and i and some of our best friends went up to west virginia to spend the weekend boarding! it was radical!
it just so happened that the winter x games were going on over the weekend. so very inspiring.! kamikazes.
we got some great night boarding in, too. but it was so freezing!
me and my boarding BFF! (and sam desperately trying to get into our photo)
john will post the action shots of us riding asap. stay tuned! =}