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Asheville to Tybee Island…

We were very lucky to have a nice day to spend in Asheville, in between raindrops the day before and again the next day. We wandered a couple of blocks through the charming downtown and people-watched for the afternoon. The next day was our big drive home, most of which was through the sometimes torrential rain, so a planned stop at Tybee Island was cut short, and we drove home using all the possible speeds on the windshield wipers.

Tell me this storefront window wouldn’t stop you in your tracks!
This happy little girl was enjoying herself.
Maybe the dancers are her mom and dad?
We wandered a very nice art gallery and found this old fashioned soda fountain to entice you once you were finished. My friend worked as a soda jerk (is that politically correct these days) and made more than his fair share of Raspberry Lime Rickys in his day. I drank more than my fair share in my day too, and there we were in the same home town, but it took a common interest in photography and about 70 years for our paths to cross.
This sign was in front of Ben and Jerry’s, a good place for it!
Tybee Island Light Station, in the mist.
Those clouds!

Once we crossed into Florida the rain let up so the drive home was uneventful after that. We were very lucky to have accomplished all that we set out to do while we were away. We each reconnected with friends and family, and we certainly enjoyed the scenery everywhere we went. I wonder where we’ll go next?

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Assateague State Park..

I don’t know if getting to see the wild ponies at Assateague Island was exactly a bucket list thing for me, I’m not sure I even knew about them until I lived in Maryland. And for 30 years or more I gnashed my teeth when I saw the pictures of the round-up, when the ponies are herded across the water and then some are sold. The monies collected are used to fund the fire department, if I am remembering that correctly. I never seemed to see an announcement of the round-up ahead of time, only after I’d missed it. My friend was stationed in VA with the Air Force years ago and he says he always wanted to go there and never did either. For some reason the GPS said it couldn’t give us directions, so I just drove south from where we were staying and counted on seeing signs. And it worked!

This was all the view I expected to see. Ponies off in the distance.
This is why I love my 18-400 lens so much. I’m ready for anything.
I’m also ready when ponies suddenly cross the road from the opposite side and surprise me.
By this time the traffic had been held up as they wandered across, and cars were pulled off the road in each direction so people could watch.
We watched for quite a while and then moved on, but when we headed back in this direction these ponies were still grazing in this same spot.
They made such a pretty sight. And they completely ignored the people jostling for position to take their pictures. But people kept some distance at least, possibly because of the signs that warn that ponies bite and kick!
Of course this foal captured my attention.
Isn’t he cute?

I don’t know if I ever read Misty of Chincoteague or not, or if I ever bought it for my daughter, but I bought a copy for myself in the gift shop at the state park yesterday. I am in my second childhood after all…

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Cape Henlopen State Park…

Riding the Cape May ferry has long been on my bucket list. And since I lived in MD for over 30 years you might assume I had gotten around to it. But I never did, and our attempt to do it yesterday didn’t work out either. Planning ahead was required, or buy a stand-by ticket and then wait and see if you get to go at all. That didn’t sound like fun, so instead we went to Cape Henlopen State Park to see what we could see. And we immediately found two lighthouses. Sometimes you just get lucky.

This is the Harbor Rescue Lighthouse off in the distance.
The red one is the East End Breakwater Lighthouse. This is the view from the beach.
Our view was from the very long fishing pier where we got into a fun conversation with a fisherman who suggested that we come back for sunset from the pier. We didn’t, and that was lucky because it wasn’t a great sunset last night.
That wasn’t the Cape May ferry as I first thought. Just a water tour boat.
There was a lot more to see also, when I could tear myself away from more shots of the lighthouses.
You didn’t have to bring your own kayak.
I might bring my iPhone on a kayak, but not the big camera I was carrying.
,We found that the beach was full of colorful umbrellas. And there was a virtual parade of people heading onto the beach loaded down with their own beach paraphernalia.
I was surprised to notice the lighthouse in the distance.
This is where they keep track of boat traffic in the area.
Big boats require big boys.
This is the lightship Overfalls. A portable ‘lighthouse’ of sorts.

So while I didn’t get to ride the Cape May ferry, I can’t say that I was disappointed in the day and how it turned out. Someday I will learn to plan ahead a little better.

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Cape Cod…

We spent Thursday driving around the Cape, stopping at Race Beach in hopes of seeing the three lighthouses off in the distance. The feature photo is one of them. If we could have found parking I might have taken more. It seems P-town is having an up-tick in Covid so we didn’t walk around there. But at the Cape Cod national seashore we found the Three Sisters Lighthouses.

And the closing of the parking lot near the Nauset Light caused us to find and walk the trail and take pictures from the grounds as opposed to a photo from the parking lot. Serendipity.

As we headed toward home we stopped at the marina in Wellfleet and saw some pretty scenery. And we ate some really good ice cream too. All in all a nice, relaxing day.

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Weather or not…

As I’m writing this I’m listening to distant thunder and pouring down rain. This has been the case for days, and my choice to stay home, snug and warm, has caused me to miss two spectacular sunsets in a row. But where my friends live to capture the wonderful sunset images, and where I live, are far enough apart that I would never have suspected that a nice sunset was in the offing. So last night we decided to head to Curtis Dixon Park, which is right on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Years ago a waitress at the Irish pub right there had said that photographers show up to capture the sunset color behind the turrets of Tampa University, and I never forgot that comment. But, as you can see, that’s not what happened. The cloud cover took over, but on the bright side it didn’t rain on us either. With a storm brewing in the gulf we may not get out for photos, or anything else, for a few more days. Summer in Florida, that’s just the way it goes.

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And furthermore…

Bok Tower Gardens is, of course, a garden, so we did see some flowers and beautiful vistas.

Do I know what this is? No, I don’t, but I like it.
The same with these, and I’m too lazy to look them up.
In the beginning.
In full bloom.
This looks like the plant from The Little Shop of Horrors, so I think that bug had better watch out.
There were angels in the garden, watching over the children.
And bee boxes to house the bees that don’t live in hives. A fact I learned at Felt’s Preserve.
You have now entered the children’s garden where there were endless opportunities for kids to climb, jump, run, and just about anything else they could think of.
There were fairy houses in the children’s gardens.
This is my favorite fairy house.
I loved the images in stone on the pathways.
There was a walk across an expanse of lawn to see this vista. I hurried to take a picture because we could hear the horde of orange-shirted kids approaching behind us. When they got to the hill one of the boys fell to the ground and rolled down, and I kicked myself for not getting the picture.
And then this happened. I should have expected it, since kids will be kids.
And sometimes grown-ups act like kids too!

It was fun to spend time with old friends and make a couple of new friends also. The rain and thunder held off just long enough for us to make the most of the trip to Bok Tower Gardens. And it left us wanting to return, eventually.