So last week one day the sun was a brilliant blue and the highs were projected to be in the mid-80’s. Ahhh bliss!!! And my parents were wanting us to join them on a quest for some beach time. And we had nothing else going on. TWIST OUR ARMS THEN!
The first stop on our journey was Philippe Park just outside of Clearwater. Phillippe is my maiden name, hence our interest in this park. We have no idea if there’s any connection between us though.Turns out this particular Philippe was quite the mover and shaker in the area. He was a sailor who served under Napoleon Bonaparte. He ended up settling in Florida and introduced grapefruit cultivation to the area as well as cigar making. He had a lot of dealings with the native Indians of the area. You learn all this and more on the marker below. It’s a lovely park sitting on a bay. Would have been nice to spend a little more time there, but we had beaches to get to!
We were not the only ones who had the brilliant idea of going to the beach this day. It was pretty packed and we had to scrounge around for parking. Clearwater Beach did not disappoint though. We played in the water and walked to our hearts content along the water’s edge. It was warm. It was sunny. The sand felt delicious as it always does between our toes. It was a happy place. You know how you can just feel happiness in the air sometimes? Yeah….nothing but happy energy.
|My Mom & Dad|
Indian Rocks Beach
After spending an hour or so in Clearwater, my parents wanted to take us to Indian Rocks Beach which is a little further south. They prefer this beach over Clearwater because it’s less populated. First we ate lunch at Guppies which sits directly across the street from the entrance to the beach. Wonderful seafood place! Four thumbs up from us. After lunch we waddled over to the beach. And then proceeded to walk off lunch by power walking up and down this really charming beach. What is it about walking on the beach? I can cover about four times as much ground as walking anywhere else and it not even begin to feel like work. It makes me sad to even think about people walking on treadmills. Blech. But walking on the beach? That’s just heaven. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it.
By the end of the day we were just blissed out. And we realized that what we really need more of is beach days. So we’re going to make that happen. We will probably rethink our future travel plans to concentrate on getting us to more beach areas in Florida rather than heading out of state as soon as we had planned. We still want to be in Indianapolis by early May. But we may ditch the idea of getting there via the east coast to DC to Indy. Think we’ll hang onto the warm beaches of Florida for as long as we can. And that is the beauty of our current lifestyle. We have the luxury of changing our minds and going wherever feels right for us at the time.