It has rained 19 out of the last 25 days, but today was one of the 6 dry days. It was actually a really beautiful day! I had looked up the closest beach to Tallahassee, along with direction for driving there (Thank goodness for the internet!), and Blaze and I drove down to Shell Point Beach.
It's a small beach and, even on a sunny Saturday, it wasn't crowded.
There are picnic shelters and a couple pieces of playground equipment.
There is also a place for beach volleyball.
There were many of these little orange butterflies fluttering around in the grass, along with a few of these butterfly-eating birds.
Having grass so close to the beach made this a great spot for a beach picnic, without getting sand in the food.
There were a few flies around, but they were easily kept away from the food with the little mesh food tent (I have no idea what these things are actually called, but they are handy). This one came from World Market and was less than $5.
I know many people will disagree with me, but I like swimming in the Atlantic better than the Golf of Mexico. The Golf waters are very clear and warm, but I've noticed this same rusty color at other Northern Golf beaches and it just bothers me.
That being said, I also admit that the golf is a much safer place to take children swimming. Blaze gave up trying to use his "boogie board" because there were no waves, but he had a great time doing real swimming, which is something he's never been able to do in the ocean.
Another thing Blaze had fun with was creeping through the water, trying to sneak-up on these birds.
I thought we had a bottle of sunscreen in the trunk of the car, but when we got to the beach, I discovered that bottle was actually bug repellant. I spent most of the time we were there, hiding from the sun, under my umbrella. Blaze took this picture of me.
I still managed to burn, proving once again that DH's theory is correct, all someone has to do is show me a picture of the sun and I will burn.