Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day Two Hundred Eighty Two 2013

“Perhaps it is too late. I want to run
the beach's length, because it never ends.”         
Deborah Ager

Neil and I arrived here two weeks ago today. This is the longest vacation we’ve ever taken, anywhere. Ever. It may be the last. The beach is wonderful. Destin is the best. We have enjoyed every moment of it. But two weeks, even in paradise, is a long time.
Today was very chilly, with a northerly wind. It started out cloudy but got sunny and stayed chilly, and the choppy waves returned. The fishermen/women didn’t seem to mind.
Destin last day ocean ship
That’s a ‘pirate’ ship in the distance ~ saw it yesterday, too, advertising….something.
Today Kelly, Kerry and Knox had to head back home. They’ve come to enjoy breakfast at the Donut Hole, and we went there to eat, but the line was out the door, so we ended up at Another Broken Egg Café, which turned out to be a pretty tasty place for breakfast.
Cuddling with Knox
Destin last day Knox Neil
We kept an eye on Knox while his mom and dad packed up and checked out.
Destin last day Kimbroughs
Kerry and Knox and Kelly say so long to the beach ~ I was sad to see them go ~ with all our peeps gone home, this place was way too quiet.
We lazed around on the beach this afternoon for a couple of hours, reading and trying to soak up as much of this place as possible.
Toes in the sand one last time
I love how the water turns silver in the late afternoon when the sun starts to set.
One last dip in the ocean
It’s hard to turn your back on the ocean, but we are ready to go home.
We enjoyed a yummy dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant, then wandered down the boardwalk and found the fishing boats docking here, bringing their catch in to be weighed. The Destin Fishing Rodeo 2013 is in full swing. It is an annual competition that’s been held for decades here.
All I had was my cell phone camera [forgot to bring my big one] so I had no zoom. This group of six ladies brought in their catch of Red Snapper ~ impressive big fat fish. Wish you could see it. I thought it was funny that most of the people bringing in their catch were women.  [They got to keep theirs, Don~just saying]
The sunset was pretty awesome, once again [I was longing for my long lens for this one]. Neil and I spent the rest of the evening packing up, getting ready to leave in the morning. We have enjoyed a wonderful time here, and as all good things do, it passed by way too fast. At least we can take the memories home with us.


Ann S. said...

After two weeks I would say you guys are ready to get home. I always dread that long drive home. I've enjoyed all your beach pics and glad everyone had a great time. Have a safe trip home and we'll see you guys on Sunday.

Jane said...

I've enjoyed your vacation, too! :) Loved the pictures. I missed being there this year. I think the pirate ship is a dinner cruise thing - I see it a lot on some Destin Facebook things I follow. Glad you guys had a great time. It's always hard to leave the beach! We will be glad to see you!

Kelly said...

The best vacation EVER!!! Other than the stress of selling our house and buying the "new" one, it was a great time!!! Loved eating Eggs Benedict almost every morning (thanks to Knox for getting us up soooo early). Walking down to The Back Porch for lunch or dinner was awesome. Hanging out with ma and pa reading books and snoozing on the beach while Knox and Kerry napped ruled. Knox and his "Ta Train" (Thomas The Train) obsession! I could go on and on. Again, thanks Ma for posting so many fab pics!! This will be the only way I remember the day to day. It all runs together when you stay two weeks. Can't wait for next year :)

Kelly said...

Oh yeah, love the harbor pics! That would have been cool to see in person!