Yesterday was the first day of our vacation at Indian Shores, FL. It's beautiful here. We went to the beach across the street around 9am and within a couple of minutes, saw a bunch of stingrays near the shore. They are so pretty and fun to watch. At first, we saw just a couple, but soon we started seeing larger groups of 4 and 8 together. For this landlocked girl, it was extremely exciting and I watched them for quite some time.
No pictures on Day 1 - we forgot the camera in the condo! WOOPS! Day 2 will definitely have pictures, of some wildlife.
After an hour or so, we decided to drive out to Honeymoon Island. It's a state park and very pretty if you go early enough. It gets crowded fast! The first area we went to had a really rocky sea floor and shells for days! You HAD to wear flipflops or foot protection - you could barely see any sand and those shells are sharp! So we hung out there for awhile and enjoyed finding some interesting shells. I was sitting on a bench just watching the waves roll in and saw a small conch shell, so I leapt up and snatched it before anyone else could. Later, at the condo, I had put the shells on a table. As I was inspecting them, I realized this one I snatched up after being washed on shore was not empty! It startled me to find a live muscle in it. So, we took it across the street and I put it back in the ocean where it belonged. Sure was a beautiful shell, but it seemed pretty selfish to kill the muscle to keep the shell. I'll find others, I know.
Looking forward to the rest of Day 2 and will write more tomorrow!