Thursday, October 1, 2015

An Incredible Cypress Log

Several years ago a giant cypress log washed up on the beach here in Destin. It is absolutely beautiful but had to be moved off the beach and because it was so big it had to be cut into 4 pieces in order to get it off the beach.

It's been stored at the Beach Cleaning yard ever since.

The Island King fell in love with it and decided it was something he wanted. We got a call a few days ago that it had to go and if we wanted it we needed to come and get it.

Which was a lot easier said than done. Each log weighs over 800 pounds and has to be cut with a really big chainsaw.

The Island King wanted to take the logs to Tower Camp so his brother offered to help get them up there.

The first step was moving the logs to a place they could be cut and then loaded onto a trailer.

So how do you move an 800 pound, 10 foot long log?

Once the logs were moved to a place we could cut them, they went to work with the chainsaw.

These logs are absolutely stunning and must be at least 500 years old.

We can only speculate about where this log came from but it's obvious from the way the log was notched that it was cut at least 100 years ago in the days before chainsaws so we think it may have come down the Apalachicola River on a logging boat, rolled off and somehow – after MANY years – made it's way to Destin.

We cut some of the log into smaller pieces, left some pieces whole and my BIL put them on his trailer and brought them to Tower Camp.

A few of them will be used for tables and one will be made into a knife and axe throwing target.

I love having them up there and can't help but wonder how many Indians rested under this giant tree all of those years ago.

It really is beautiful and I feel like we now have an “antique” like no other. There is just something about that old log that speaks to me. I wonder what I'll hear if I listen closely.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kitty Hawk Kites Kite Festival

The official First Day of Autumn was a few days ago but you'd never know summer was “over” around here.

Saturday the Island Girl and I decided to go down to the bridge and spend some time on the beach.

It was a gorgeous day and was only about 85 – which is MUCH better than a month ago when it was 95 during the day.

The sun was shining, the water was spectacularly green and the boiled peanut boat came by. You just can't ask for more.

We sat and just enjoyed being at the beach for a while and then I spotted a bunch of kites down around the point.

It turns out they were having the Kitty Hawk Kites Kite Festival on the other side of the Pass.

We stayed for a couple of hours before heading home.

It was odd getting back into my truck because I have Tower Camp stuff – which is winter stuff – in the very back and then I have beach stuff – which is summer stuff – in the back seat.

I really do love Florida in the Fall – we get to enjoy winter and summer at the same time.

Funeral Procession for Okaloosa County's Deputy Bill Myers

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rest in Peace Deputy Myers

Thank you for your service Deputy Myers 
Rest in Peace