Aug 13, 2012

Whet

Ah, that's better...a long break always feels good and loosens the spring on this tightly wound dude.  

Curls, Pigtails and I flew our burned buns in from Florida today.  It was my favorite vacation ever.  I don't travel much, so a trip to Dollywood is considered exotic in my book.  The blue hair advice from readers was spot on, you nailed it.  Thank you.

Booking beach cottages vs. hotels sealed the deal on making this trip aggressively relaxing, airbnb.com hooked us with the goods.  Our abode in St. Augustine was especially fetching, Victor's the man at building out this 1920s gem into something rediculous.




Moon and lighthouse from the floating dock by night:





Our other rental out of Sarasota didn't fail, $85 a night for a quiet stay on a property assessed at $3.5mil (yep, we looked it up).  Open view to the bay with sea kayaks and bikes available in case of emergency bordom:



 




Florida beaches were stout and comely, the Atlantic and Gulf coasts wonderfully different.  Siesta Key was purtty but not our fav', we found better.














 We ran into a mouse and princess, too.









More to come, the full recap will needle towards informative than entertaining.  Hoping it may serve as a guide for those looking to head south to drink the sun.


-Beard

12 comments:

  1. Lindsay8/13/2012

    Welcome back! yay

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  2. Welcome home! Looks like you had a wonderful time...looking forward to your posts!

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  3. Rachael8/13/2012

    I really missed Pigtails! And maybe you too, just a little. Nice to have you guys back.

    Nice picture of Pigails and Curls, BTW. :)

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    1. Thanks, good to mount back up on the blog.

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  4. I've been wondering how the vacation was going. So glad to hear you had a good time. Your rental places were SWEET!

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    1. Sometimes pre-trip pics of vacation stays are photoshopped to look like Eden but are dirty and limp in person. We were pleased to learn the pics and reality matched up, we'd stay at both rentals again and recommend them to others.

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  5. Oh Yay! Can't wait to hear more. Love the pictures already...

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  6. Anonymous8/14/2012

    Looks like a lovely time with great memories! Just curious, since you have been open about your view of physical boundaries in dating vs. marriage, do you struggle with vacationing with your daughter and girlfriend? Please, don't feel judged by this question, just curious at your thoughts on this topic. thanks for being willing to dialogue!

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    1. It used to bother me, thought my daughter and others would get the wrong idea if Curls and I traveled together. So I either skipped vacation or soloed with my daughter. For some reason came away more depressed than relaxed on those outings, so decided to invite Curls. We do not have sex outside of marriage, some will say vacationing together is crossing the line. What say you?

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    2. Melissa8/17/2012

      I say it's your business, your decision. In my opinion, a solid relationship is more complicated and requires more than physical intimacy. We only get one shot at life, so be true to yourself and your principles.

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  7. Anonymous8/14/2012

    Thank you for your response! First, I would say, personally for me, it would have been a huge temptation to vacation as a dating couple (having dated, and am now married). Second, if I view it through my child's eyes, what message am I sending? Am I telling my child that there is a difference between dating and marriage, that these different relationships do look different because one is knit by a covenant with God and one is just knit by man? Would this be confusing to my child?

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    1. Hopefully my daughter is not confused, I'm not living with or getting it on outside of marriage. Curls and I live separate lives, outside of the day or two we see each other weekly.

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