Saturday, February 11, 2012

Honeymoon Island

Every weekend while we are here is sort of like a vacation. So, we try to do something special with the girls that we wouldn't normally do while we are at home.

Last Saturday, we went to Honeymoon Island.

Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

It used to be a place that was perfect for weddings and honeymoons. Now, it has been turned into a state park.

There are many things to do on Honeymoon Island. You can rent bikes, pedal cars, canoes or kayaks, or even take a guided tour around the island.

Or, you can do what we did, and go to the white sandy beach, and venture off exploring on your own.

It was a perfect day to go the beach!

The water was a bit chilly, so we just dipped in our toes.

We saw many interesting sights, like this. See that man under the striped umbrella? We like to call him, "Speedo Grandpa". Ha! We also saw some women wearing bikinis who should have just stuck with a nice one-piece. They definitely could have been featured on the show, "What Not To Wear". Where are Stacy and Clinton when you need them?

Here are the girls working together to build a sandcastle. Awww....isn't that sweet? Lucky for me I didn't take a picture of them fighting, and then soaking each other with water. The youngest did not have a bathing suit on, so she had to walk around in wet jean shorts the rest of the day. Of course, this meant that we had to listen to her complain about how uncomfortable she was. That would have been a real Kodak moment for sure. Sorry I missed it. Just keepin' it real, folks...

Hubs took the girls to walk on the walkway. Where is Mom, you ask? Why, she is sunning herself on the blanket while reading her Nook, next to Speedo Grandpa and two (very loud) giggly teenagers in teeny tiny bikinis. They were nice enough to play music for all of our listening pleasure. Their favorite song was, "We Found Love" by Rhianna. Ask me how I know...

Love this shot!

The girls walking on the beach, looking for shells.

This picture reminded us of Maine.

They have a "hands on" nature center that you can visit for FREE where you can learn more about the island.

Here is a picture of one of the pelicans we saw. I didn't take a picture of the other one, because, was dead. I didn't want to traumatize any of my readers....

We walked on one of the nature trails, and learned that wild cactus grow in Florida. I thought cactus only grew in the desert? Guess I was wrong. These were all along the trail, and if you weren't paying CAREFUL attention to where you were walking, you may have accidentally stepped on one. Since we were wearing flip flops, I turned into the nagging mother, warning the girls every so often to PLEASE be careful. I didn't want to ruin our trip by having to stop and pick cactus spines out of their feet.

Here is a lone kayaker out in the water.

There was an observation deck, complete with a telescope, where you could look out and observe nature.

Before we left, Hubs and I had to sneak in a quick kiss

After all, we were at Honeymoon Island.....


  1. Looks like they have done some nice things since I have been there. I think it's been about 25 years since I've gone to the island. My family live near there in Palm Harbor. (My dad and sister)

  2. Love all these pics!! I love the beach. It's so peaceful!