Thursday, July 10, 2014

Swimming at Bone Creek

After we left Tower Camp the day we took the Island Girl shooting we decided we'd go over to Bone Creek and cool off.

This park is so pretty but I'm not a big fan of swimming in ponds.

We've had a of rain lately so the pond is a little on the dirty side which didn't help my not wanting to go in. And I'm not a fan of water that doesn't move.

Rivers and creeks are totally different and I don't mind them – if I can see the bottom.

The Island King and his daughter called me chicken repeatedly but I'm not one to give in to peer pressure and their taunts did not deter me.

They had no problem running and jumping off the end of the dock but I decided I'd hang in the kiddy pool.

See, I got in the pond. I just didn't swim out in the still, dark water.

They played in the water, which he said was at least 95 degrees as far down as 6 feet.

The Island King did his version of the Hillbilly Plunge

But they didn't want to swim long because the water was more like a hot tub than a refreshing creek.

And we had a quick picnic on one of the tables in the shade.

But it wasn't too long before the salt water in our veins started calling and we decided it was time to head back to the beach.

I have issues with snakes in dark pond water but sharks in salt water at sunset? Not a problem.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Banana Boat Float

I've seen several Banana Boat Floats zipping around Destin and wanted to go for a ride as soon as I saw them.

To my surprise, the shuttle out to the parasailing boat was just that – a Banana Boat Float pulled by a jet ski.

Having just had major oral surgery a week before I was a little nervous that we would get pounded by the waves. I've pretty much recovered from the surgery but my mouth was still a little tender and I didn't want to go home with a throbbing jaw.

Interestingly, the banana jumps right over the waves but the landing isn't bad. There was no pounding or slamming, we were just riding the waves.

I really enjoyed it and plan to visit The Original Banana Boat to take a longer ride soon.

And isn't riding a Banana Float through the Gulf of Mexico what life is really all about?

Monday, July 7, 2014

The 4th of July - Family Style

A couple of days before the 4th of July my cousin, Dr. Shannon, sent me a message saying she was going to be in town for the 4th and would be at my Amazing Aunt's house if we wanted to come over.

We'd love to!

More and more cousins decided to come into town and by the time the 4th rolled around there must have been 30 people there.

Another cousin, our Redheaded Genealogist, snuck into town, which was amazing. We haven't seen each other in probably 30 years so we were really excited to be able to spend time together.

We kayaked

Played on the beach and in the water

Ate some good food

And spent a lot of time visiting and catching up.

Someone brought a mason jar of moonshine and it didn't take long for certain cousins to partake.

They'd take a swig, yell real loud, shiver and then take another.

And it wasn't long before this happened.

Once it got dark there were LOTS of fireworks on the beach. Dr. Shannon is a pyromaniac and she had a blast lighting them off.

It was a long ride home but we were lucky in that all of the beach and firework traffic was going the opposite direction. We sailed right home while the cars in the opposite lane were at a standstill.

Thank you, Aunt Chrys for letting us invade your house – it was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bone Creek

Okaloosa County is known for its sugar white sand and emerald green waters but what a lot of people don't realize is that the north end of the county is just as amazing.

We spend a lot of time exploring woods, parks and rivers and have found some really interesting places.

One of them is Blackwater State Forest's Bone Creek Recreational Area in Holt.

Bone Creek is a man made, 10 acre fresh water pond that's about 7 feet deep in the middle.

It's a huge park with picnic tables

A pavilion with tables and grills looks like a great place for a picnic

There is a dock and a roped off swimming area in the lake

And a 1.3 mile interpretive trail has been built along the backside of the lake.

The trail wanders along the edge of the lake and then a boardwalk takes you through the swamp head of the lake. 

On the western end of the lake is an earthen dam which I could sit and listen to all day.

This is a really nice oasis out in the woods and I have no doubt we'll be spending some time up here this summer.