Do you dream of going away by yourself to spend a few days doing what you enjoy, whenever the mood strikes you? Many of us spend years doing what we have to do each day, caring for others, working to pay the bills, running businesses or households, or perhaps all of the above at the same time. Life can start to make us feel like a hamster on a wheel if we never take a break.
I enjoyed my vacation a few weeks ago so much that I decided to take another solo break. Temperatures below 75F constitute jacket weather for me, so I plan to seek a sunny spot as often as possible during future winters. Mr. Mickey snapped the photo above before he took me to the airport. I had to change my packing plans as the departure day grew near because the warm weather I was planning for turned out to be much colder than average for northern Florida during this time of year. Today, I share photos of what I packed and a few pictures I snapped while out and about in the Fernandina Beach Historic District and around Amelia Island.
I thought to snap this as I was on my way to Starbucks at 5 AM on the first morning. I forgot to take photos of any outfits afterward, but this was a typical look. Tees, jeans, and jackets were appropriate for casual dining, walking several miles each day to explore the villages and parks and a daily walk on the beach. Almost all of the pieces I took could be layered and combined as needed to create many different casual looks. (I was wearing one of the two sets of pajamas when I took the clothing photos.) I also included two large silk scarves and one French Kande necklace to dress things up if I wanted to take it up a notch while having lunch at a nice restaurant or maybe a day of shopping.
I went for a three-mile walk on the beach and visited at least one state park each day. My daily activities included walking through villages to admire the Victorian houses, watching people and birds, visiting interesting shops, museums, lighthouses, gardens, and forts. My favorite way to experience life is always while taking a long walk.
Gopher tortoises are one of only four land turtles in North America and the only species you’ll find east of the Mississippi River. They can live up to 80 years in the wild and more than 100 years in captivity. They don’t seem to be afraid of humans, but they do make a barking sound if you get too close to them. This one was about the size of a basketball!
These two ladies stood out in their hats and dresses. It was fun to visit with them for a moment when I asked for permission to photograph them.