Exploring our World by Foot – Walking along our Atlantic Coast Beaches

On Ponte Vedra Beach

On Ponte Vedra Beach

A walk on the beach is always magical and connects me to both spirit and this beautiful planet. . During a family trip late this summer, it was reinforced that an ideal place to explore our planet on foot is the Atlantic Coast beaches of Florida. There is something very powerful about the big waves rolling in from the Atlantic.

My daughter Candace, who is based in Jacksonville, put together a weekend family gathering. Our son and granddaughter were coming down from Pittsburg so the entire contingent of Patterson’s and Morgan’s headed to the east coast. If you are in this part of the world, you have got to spend time on the Atlantic Ocean. To beat the Jacksonville crowds, we decided to head south to Ponte Vedra Beach. Unfortunately, here reasonable beachfront accommodations are almost nonexistent, so we rented a home on Airbnb in a Ponte Vedra Beach neighborhood. We did discover, if you can get to it, this is a great beach.

With all the beachfront Mc Mansions, Ponte Vedra makes it tough to access the water because many of the access points do not provide any parking. With little effort, we found one spot south of town called Mickler’s Landing. It has a fairly large free parking lot with bathrooms and showers to rinse off the sand. The parking here on the weekends can be tough so they recommend you get there early. Supposedly there is a shuttle from an overflow parking area on busy weekends and holidays.

We were looking for a less crowded beach than Jacksonville and this turned out to be just what we were looking for in a beach. The crowd here is more laid back with lots of families with kids. If you move a few hundred yards down the beach in front of the million dollar plus mansions, it is not crowded at all

This was a perfect beach to walk and get lost in your thoughts. Once I was away from the crowds at the landing, walking brought solitude with the sounds of the big Atlantic waves crashing on shore. Walking on the coast, I become unplugged and my stress seemed to melt away. This is the quickest stress relief I have ever found. Studies have shown, and I agree, walking on the beach brings a lot of good things in one package. The first and foremost to me is the sunshine; more sunshine equates to more happiness. In reasonable doses, the sun is also our best source of Vitamin D. Another benefit; studies also show that we burn more calories and walk a longer distance when walking on the beach. There is something special about the feel of sand on your feet, connecting you with the terra firma. Walking on sand is a natural cushion on your joints and feet verses hard pavement surfaces.

Trekking on the beach also brings back the sense of wonder. I remember as a kid, spending hours wondering what was on the other side of the ocean. While, traveling along in this open space, you can really see the clouds and their constantly changing formations. This is one of nature’s best canvases. During this walk I spotted my first cloud with a rainbow running along its edge.

We love walking on the Atlantic coast so much, Morgan and I once contemplated walking along the coast from Jacksonville to Key West. If only the areas of soft sand did not prevent this possibility.

Connect with spirit and this beautiful planet. A magical walk on the beach, or water, is nearby, so grab a friend or family member, go for a walk and check out all the great things our planet has to offer. We live near the coast so a walk on the beach is nearby.

Check out our website at http://www.ItsIncredibleOutThere.com for all of our blogs including our 500 mile journey on the Camino. We are considering leading a group on this journey next year. Contact us if you might be interested

Gregg Patterson

©Copywrite 11/14/2015

 

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Rainbow Cloud

Family ready to swim, surf, play and walk on the beach

Family ready to swim, surf, play and walk on the beach

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