Well, it's been a while since I posted anything because I've been away. My father's health is failing and deteriorating rapidly so I brought the family down to Florida for a week, a week was as long as my oldest could take off work. His health has deteriorated severely and he has slipped into dementia so I went to visit with him and left the little one on the island with mom when I did. I didn't want these to be her last and primary mental images of him. I preferred that they remember him the way they saw him a few months ago when he was still getting around ok and clear headed. We stayed out on one of the barrier islands on the gulf called Treasure Island. It was storming when we got there...typical Florida summer evening. The wilderness stuff is in the second half of the post.
The next morning was nice enough and the little one was really excited to see the ocean.
Various ways to see the beach from the air.
Te family did a good job of trying to keep me distracted from my thoughts as best they could. The wife soon drug me to the tiki bar, the oldest drug me to the nearest smoothie shop, and the youngest would tickle me with feathers...as well as her unending curiosity. I'm a lucky man. The youngest and I took a ferry out to a small island, I kept her in pants that day because her legs were already getting sunburned and I wanted to explore inland...she wanted to collect shells, so we did both. She collected treasure to take back to mom, and she got to see a real light house.
We got to cook out on the patio and just enjoy the beach together. Our suite was right on the beach, a little pricy, but nice.
A patio at a local ice cream parlor was a favorite.
Part of the beach on Treasure Island is a bird sanctuary, so lots of birds. Especially Seagulls.
A Black Skimmer
So named, I believe, because it does this...
Soon, the oldest and I both needed to be back at work, so they headed home. I have the good fortune of being able to do most of my work anywhere I go, so I stayed behind a while. I know when I leave this time it will be the last time I see my father alive. So I work in the mornings, visit dad in the afternoons, work in the evenings and go back to visit at night. Treasure Island is pricy so I came inland to work. The following are some shots from the interior wetlands.