To simplify sharing expenses now that we are living together, John and I decided to open a joint checking account. The visit to the bank was the last of a morning full of errands, so we thought that we had earned a day at the beach (we hadn’t been swimming at all this week we’ve been in Florida!).  From the bank, we made a beeline to nearest waterfront park – which just happened to be named Honeymoon Island State Park. So we can claim to have celebrated this new step in our relationship at an aptly named park.

View of the Gulf of Mexico.

View of the Gulf of Mexico.

We were chased out of our water playtime by a thunderstorm (a PSA about why you shouldn’t be in the ocean during a lightening storm), so we retreated to our home in the parking lot to wait out the storm. It was really great to be able to sit and watch the storm while working on the blog waiting to get back to play time. After the storm rolled by we biked around the island on our compact folding bicycles.

 

Our bicycles together on Honeymoon.

Our bicycles together on Honeymoon.

Standing on the back porch of the Nature Center. All the buildings of the island are on stilts about 10 ft off the ground, so we can see out over the top of the slash pine forest.

Standing on the back porch of the Nature Center. All the buildings of the island are on stilts about 10 ft off the ground, so we can see out over the top of the slash pine forest.

Then back to the beach for the romantic couple time required by the island name.

Holding hands while gazing at the Gulf.

Holding hands while gazing at the Gulf.

Kissing on a swing.

Kissing on a swing.

While we were sitting on that swing, something slimy landed on my leg. It turned out to be a little frog – that guy could hop! He must have jumped 100 times his height.

Small frog, big hops.

Small frog, big hops.

I was also interested to learn of ‘Sea Grapes’, which according to the informational placard were used by pioneers to make jam. I was eager to try one, but alas they are not yet ripe.

Sea grape bush on the shore.

Sea grape bush on the shore.

3 Thoughts on “Honeymoon [Island]

  1. Rita on July 22, 2013 at 3:51 am said:

    Nice place to be. I went to Google Earth and took a look at the place. Are you planning to go all the way to the end of it where it looks really deserted? I’ll bet it’s so private you can probably go naked. Like St. Joe’s 6 mile long beach further up for this coast, a hook off the Panhandle. Maybe it has those rippled underwater sand dunes where you can swim from one to the next pretty far out to the ocean.
    Take care and continue to have fun.

    • Heidi on July 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:

      Hi Rita,

      We were just there for a day, and we didn’t go to the end of the island. When we got to the trail head we were immediately covered with mosquitos so we turned tail and biked on the roads instead of braving the trails. Unfortunately both of our bug sprays were in that box we left for you to ship and it was still in transit, so we had no protection.

  2. Next step: Wirelessly remote controlled digital camera, where you can snap pics from afar of yourselves, seeing a preview on your phone, without having to stage the shot. Or is that already taken care of, John? ;-p

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