This day was a little different. There wasn't supposed to be rain. And somehow.. the unforecasted rain ended up being the biggest surprise of the day.
Of course... we had to do a sunrise adventure. Is there anything else? These were honestly some of my favorite sunrises of the entire trip. My favorite moments are taking a step back and watching Erick and Landree together. It reminds me so much of my relationship as a child with my own dad.
Erick came with us this time and it turned into an adventure in itself. He loves to take photos as a hobby. As he was getting set up, he ended up dropping his camera lens cover in the area marked "stay out, poisonous snake habitat." In true Hartley fashion, can he obey of course not. So, over the side he goes and comes out unscathed but it made for some some good laughs. And yes, those are painted nails. Our three year old daughter Landree insisted that Daddy needed painted nails just like hers. He was such a good daddy and left them on the rest of the trip.
Once I recovered from not losing my husband to the snake pit, it started to cloud over. We didn't expect rain, but decided to go for a little car ride. Some of our favorite memories are going on random road trips with no real intention of where we were stopping, so off we went. We were bound for the Flager Beach area. We hit some rain on the way, but nothing abnormal for Florida. As we were approaching Fort Matanzas, we came across the most incredible rainbow. I have never seen anything so vivid! This is filterless!
Hit and miss showers came through and we made it as far as the bridge near Paltaska I believe it was, then it was time to turn around and find some seafood for supper.
I had heard about A1A Fisheries from a local that I know so we made that our first stop. I will start out by saying this place is immaculate! Literally, the cleanest public bathroom I have ever been in in my entire life! The sweetest people work there and we got some amazing LOCAL wahoo and grouper. Everything that they have there is local to the area and fresh caught. The cost was around thirty dollars for one pound portions of each, sliced and ready for the grill. We highly, highly recommend it!
On our way there we passed a place called Fresh2You Seafood Market so we figured what the heck. We are this far lets check it out. It was the cutest place! They had a smaller, but wonderful seafood selection, a great outside dining area, wine and cheese selection and they offer entertainment on certain days. We were there at 10am so there wasn't much going on but it will definitely be a stop next year!
Our day ended up with some swimming with fabulous new goggles and sunset beach runs. It was simple, but fun filled day exploring where the locals go.
Tomorrow's adventures... The Alligator Farm.