my favorite place – a photo challenge

sunrise Sunday morning – first full day in the Keys

It’s spring break and we are in Florida. Specifically, the Keys. It’s a favorite place of ours for spring break. Summer, of course, is a different matter.

As a teacher I get Spring Break and fortunately, for me, our children’s spring break is the same as mine.

The past three spring breaks, we’ve come here – Key Colony Beach – in the middle Keys. We’ve been here several other times as well going back to our first visit in 2002. My wife’s memories date back to her childhood. It’s where my son earned his scuba certification before his summer Boy Scout high adventure trip to the Florida Sea Base a little further east from where we are currently staying.

We booked our trip well before school started and we’ve been looking forward to coming back since last year’s trip. We were worried that the adventure would be a little different this year due to Hurricane Irma’s visit in September ’17 – six and half months ago.

Where we staying appears to be back to normal. However, there are signs everywhere that there is a new normal. The landscaping where we are staying is all new and many of the properties around us are still being repaired. Several properties have not re-opened and we discovered yesterday Bahia Honda State Park, our favorite Florida State Park, is still being restored, or at least our favorite spot – the beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

Yesterday morning, I rose before the sun and patiently waited for the sun to appear on the horizon along the Atlantic Ocean.

After dinner, we drove west along the Overseas Highway (US 1) over the Seven Mile Bridge in search of a perfect place to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. We tried Bahia Honda but decided to double back and we settled for the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

O pulled out her drone and B and I watched the sunset slowly progress. It was beautiful.

Watching the sunrise and the sunset are one of my favorite things to do here in the Keys, or anywhere for that matter, and of course swimming in the ocean, enjoying the warm sun, and spending time with my family.

Sunday evening’s sunset – west end of the Seven Mile Bridge

It’s been a great day already and I ma looking forward to watching another sunset this evening. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one sunrise or sunset at a time.

Where is your favorite place to watch the sunset or rise? Please share in a comment below.

NOTE: This post was inspired by the WordPress Daily Post prompt – Favorite Place. What’s your favorite place, near or far? Share an image in a new post!

6 thoughts on “my favorite place – a photo challenge

    1. We are – it’s a special place, especially after winter in the midwest – it is a little slice of heaven. The area was devastated by Hurricane Irma and is in recovery mode. Have a wonderful week – every day brings warmer days and the full bloom of spring.

  1. Awesome!! Looks like an amazing place. I’m glad your family has a special place to look forward to visiting every year. Special memories for the entire family (I hope). Looks peaceful.

    Happy Spring break!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Thank you. It is amazing an amazing place – to visit, rest, relax, and restore. I never tire of watching the sunrise or sunset. Sunsets and sunrises are always better over water, then there is the sound of the surf. Have a wonderful week. Peace.

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