For me, a quick way to unplug, is to take a walk on the Beach. If you will bear with me, please allow me to repeat an opening paragraph from an earlier post. We live on a great big beautiful planet and it is the goal of my wife Morgan and me, to see and experience as much of it as possible. And the best way to participate in what our earth has to offer is to walk up to it and through it. Fortunately, one of earth’s gems is located just a couple of hours away from Tallahassee and it is St George Island.
According to the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce website, St. George Island is a 22-mile barrier island with some of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the Gulf Coast. It is one of the last inhabited, yet unspoiled, barrier islands of Florida, with miles of uncrowded beaches for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and excellent fishing, pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. For me, walking on the gulf side beach takes the lead of all the attributes of this barrier island. What makes this a great place to escape, is it’s not too commercial. There are a few retail and grocery stores and some really decent restaurants. St George is different from other Florida beaches because there are no high-rise buildings blocking the view and there is also a great state park on the east end.
A few weeks ago, we decided it was time to escape and get on the water. We only had one night to get away so a two-hour trip to St. George seemed to be the ticket. The fall and early spring are considered to be shoulder months on the coast, so the crowds are gone and the rates for overnight stays are pretty reasonable.
Upon our arrival, one of the first items on our agenda was to make a bee line to the beach and head out for a walk. The walking path was ideal because the sand was packed hard making the surface perfect for walking. It seems the beaches are easier to walk on now verses our last few visits. I am not sure if the hurricane flattened out the shore or on this day we hit the right tide levels.
Ah, to get on the water is such a great place to be. The day seemed to be perfect with tons of birds and wildlife out on this fall day. We watched hundreds of Pelicans working their way down the coast in search of their next meal. Off shore there were occasional pods of jumping dolphins and it seemed you could see for miles. We walked about two miles and when we turned around to head back, we were greeted by the magnificence of a setting sun. All the shades of colors and pastels made for a beautiful display of nature that may not be exactly repeated again in my life time. What a great day to be alive. This is when you know, for this moment, you are living life; life is not living you.
To the residents of a nearby island with a three-letter name who were unhappy when I wrote about walking on their beach, St George Island is a slice of paradise that we all can enjoy.
So, grab a family member or friend, or go solo and check out the great places, like St George, and what they have to offer you. A quick escape to a place like this is good for the soul. We live near the coast, so a short trip for a walk on the beach is nearby. What are you waiting on? Are you ready? Are you In?