That was 19 years ago, and this year I finally caved. When our friends Brad and Kathy invited us to go away with them to their friend's beach house for Thanksgiving weekend, I instantly agreed. The beautiful house is on an island not too far from Fort Myers, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. We had to pre-cook Thanksgiving dinner and take it with us due to lack of oven space in the beach house. We carried all our food and water with us because the only water supply on the island is rain caught in large cisterns. We had to take a water taxi to get to the house. And it was pure bliss. The house backs up to a state park, so our section of beach was very private. Every morning Matt and I got up at sunrise, took cups of coffee, and walked the beach together looking for shells. During the day, we took the kids down to the beach to play. We also had use of a kayak, a jet ski, and two golf carts. Oh, and I made great use of the hammock. The water was 75 degrees, and the air ranged from 76-81. Total perfection. Though the food was different than past years and I was not in my own home, we were able to carry some traditions with us and we spent the day with people we love dearly. Our Thanksgiving weekend was a complete success! Here are photos. In a few the sky looks grainy. That's because I saved them very low resolution for the web.
The house faces the intercoastal waterway. This was our house for the weekend!
Thanksgiving dinner with wonderful friends.
A different--yet delightful--way to spend Thanksgiving weekend!
We found this gopher tortoise just cruising along the beach.
Matt and Pepper built a shell garden. The shells were plentiful on this beach.
A relaxing afternoon on the porch.
Matt spent much of his weekend underwater, looking for bigger shells. He was rewarded with this one!
We did Snapper's 9-year portraits at the beach. This is one of my favorites.
This one is my very favorite.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!!!
And this is me. Hee hee!
Headed home after a very restful, refreshing weekend. Now I can enjoy Christmas!