We are back at home in Our MT Nest after spending the past two months in St. Augustine. We enjoyed our time there immensely and stayed busy. I took a vacation from writing blog entries. I find it’s difficult to come up with meaningful or interesting blog content when you’re vacationing away from home and not working on crafts, home improvement projects, or seasonal decorating. But I took quite a few photos, so I decided to share some of them in a post that gives just a sampling of our Florida vacation activities. Here’s what we did on our winter vacation.
Shortly after we arrived in Florida, I helped plan a baby shower for Brown-eyed Girl which took place in mid-January. Sunshine and I made the decorations and favors and worked with Brown-eyed Girl’s sweet mother-in-law to host the party. Now we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new little guy any day.
Later in January, Mr. MT Nest and I had lunch at some friends’ home and enjoyed watching the Sandhill Cranes that frequent their backyard.
The gentle manatees enjoy the warm springs on days when the weather turns chilly, so on cooler days, it’s a good time to visit one of the springs. There were over 300 manatees in the spring on the day we visited.
A few weeks later we visited another state park, Rainbow Springs. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed strolling through the park. The spring water is clear and turquoise. There were other park visitors swimming and kayaking in the springs, but we opted for just a walk, as we were on our way to meet a childhood friend of Mr. MT Nest for lunch in a town nearby.
For Presidents Day weekend, we drove across Florida to Clearwater to attend the two-day Clearwater Sea Blues Festival that takes place annually in Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. We enjoy the atmosphere and the music at this event and look forward to attending it every year.
Of course, one of my absolute favorite activities during our winter vacations in St. Augustine is my morning walk on the beach. When I walk on the beach, I find that it has such a calming effect.