Monday, January 19, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Tybee till next Tyme

We enjoyed a quick January get away to Paws & Paddles over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Sunny weather was welcome. Temperatures here in January this week have been warm enough for us to enjoy walking, biking and beachcombing. We have been wearing jackets most days but the local folks are often in short sleeves, shorts, and flip flops. 

You never know what you will see on Tybee especially on our early morning walks.

That water is only 50 degrees by the hardy model! She was out there for an extended time. I just snuggled in my jacket a bit We see many photo shoots, weddings, you name it. Often the SCAD students will be working on creative photos. Fun to watch! 

We found lots of shells this week. Not sure if that is due to the beach nourishment project that added tons and tons of new sand this fall or perhaps due to the season and winter storms. I am selective on the shells we collect. My favorite are the heavy Olive Shells. I love how they are often still so shiny that the sunlight glints off of them. I have a good eye for spotting them at a distance. The Moon Shells are also a favorite as are all sizes of the whelks. 

We got in lots of walking this week. We enjoy walking to the Lighthouse and North Beach for the morning sunrise and we made a circle most mornings this week and came back down the beach to the unpaved Solomon Avenue which made a quiet and pretty walk. We have been trying to get 10,000 steps in each day and it has been so easy to do here. At home and work it is so much harder. I have to get to the gym at 5:30 a.m. before work and do 2 miles on the Tread Mill to get a head start each day or I can't get to 10,000 steps with all the sitting at work. Tybee is so small we just walk pretty much everywhere we need to go so our feet or our bikes are our primary means of transportation.

Today we took the bikes up to the bike trail near Fort Pulaski. Six miles up and Six back. It was a perfect sunny afternoon for a ride by the water. We have not been biking in the last couple of months. We both did well but Twelve miles was plenty! It is fun having the water and marsh on both sides of the trail.  As we were pedaling along we looked up and noticed we had company.

The trail is right next to the channel heading in to the Port of Savannah. These are BIG ships. It looks so strange to see them glide out from behind land. It always surprises me.

The sun rise this morning was beautiful. In a cloud less blue sky it poked up as a perfectly round orb on the horizon.  

I love to look at all the interesting beach houses and usually manage to find a favorite or two along the beach.

This house has a foot path right to the ocean. Tons of large windows to enjoy the view. I love the driftwood trees on the beach. 

I tried to catch an interesting photo of the fencing to manage the dunes. The light was beautiful from the early morning sun.  The photo didn't quite capture it as I had hoped.

These fences went as far as you could see. The early light made them look a reddish pink color. In reality they were just an unpainted wood color. 

We managed to enjoy an outdoor lunch at one of our favorite spots. North Beach Grill did not disappoint. Great food as always.

It looks and felt tropical! By the time we left it was standing room only. We arrived at just the right time. 

We enjoy bird watching and walk up to the end of our street frequentlly at sun down to see what birds we can find roosting. We caught a number of egrets by the water.

Across the water we saw over 40 Egrets and Wood Storks roosting for the evening as Mike watched the sun setting.

We hope to eventually spend our winter months here after retirement. We have been able to enjoy the outdoors here even in January. We both think we would enjoy being here during the winter months. It can get really cold here but it seems to bounce back quickly. The marjority of the days are sunnier and warmer than in Virginia. Getting outdoors for some exercise and fun makes these January days sped by faster. That is a Good Thing! 


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