Time flies when you're having fun is true when you are on the road, living on the beach, with friends and lounging around in their perfect island paradise.
For over a year now our sweet friends, Pam and Bobby have been pleading anytime we have hinted of travel to FL to come and visit them in their little, treasure of a home Amelia Island! And as fate would have it, we would need a place to lay our heads for a day or two and Amelia Island was in our direct path.
Oh my they welcomed us with open armed hugs, shrimp cooking, and potatoes roasting. They put a drink in our hands and ushered us down to the beach where our children promptly got very wet. And cold. Ha! Not quiet warm swim water yet.
They have three kiddos, one who was away for spring break, a teenage son who was MIA or sleeping most of the time and a little girl, eleven years old who was a perfect playmate for our kids. Late nights, games and movies ensued for the few nights we were there.
Pam took me for a stroll through their farmers' market that was so very welcome considering things are just beginning to grow back in OK.
Their downtown area is right on the pier where the shrimp boats come in and the ambiance was perfect. Many eclectic stores dapple the are with some of the most fabulous homes I have ever laid eyes on. It's a foodie central with many different options ranging from seafood to burgers to vegan and gluten free options!
Day two also brought a fishing trip in the surf. Bobby is an avid sea fisherman as he has spent most of his life on this island. Our kids were elated to fish.
Rosi quickly got cold and she and I walked back to the condo collecting a few shells along our way.
The morning we were leaving Pam insisted that we go with her to visit a driftwood beach. I fully expected a few big pieces of wood but when we got there it was truly amazing to see whole trees laying on the beach that had fallen off the island due the erosion.
Their condo was directly across the street from the beach, literally. Heaven. The Island is thick with history and has a ton of character. Oklahoma friends, it is only an hour or so more to get there rather than our beloved Destin, FL. The water and sand are a bit different but still lovely and the character of the town makes up for the clear waters for a change of scenery.
We are truly thankful for our time on the island, and it was really hard to leave. I agree with Pam and Bobby, it would be easy to live here and we would never get anything accomplished.