Good morning to you all. The air is crisp and we are just a few weeks away from the kickoff of college football. Life is good!
It seems that I have been on the road forever with my travels to Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio. I found myself home for 36 hours and then it was off again, back to Florida for a little R and R and exploration! I had an invitation by some dear friends, Chris and Carolyn Farmer to visit with then in Cape San Blas, a 17-mile barrier island east of Port St. Joe and west of Apalachicola. I had never visited Cape San Blas and their description of the area fit high on my “find and explore” exploration meter. For them, they are dog lovers, it is a pet friendly beach but the bigger incentive was their suggestion that the beer would be cold and the food would be plentiful. What better invitation then that, new worlds to explore, cold libations and incredible eats. Most important was the fact that they were expecting their first child and I knew this would be the perfect place to capture some memorable images of their pregnancy at their most prized vacation spot!
So it goes without saying that all the above expectations were met and this secret little vacation hideaway was the perfect spot to melt into the sand. After and incredible day of “butt on the beach” and playing toss with their two dogs in the Gulf, I decided to do a little island exploration and capture a few photographs. One of the most iconic places to visit is the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, which was built in 1849. To preserve the 100’ tall lighthouse and two accompanying Keepers houses were recently moved from its original location to Port St Joe where it will reside and preserve it’s rich history. The lighthouse has ties to the civil war and was damaged by the Union troops and the USS Kingfisher in 1862. The lighthouse has weathered more than it’s fair share of storms and had been moved numerous times over the years to avoid continual erosion caused by the gulf seas.
As I began to explore the area further I came across a site that was just slightly ironic for the location, a sailboat that had ran aground not more than a 100 yards from the new location of the lighthouse. I guess they just did not heed the warning and fell prey to the “bug to a bug-light” scenario.
All in all it was an exceptional weekend visit to a very beautiful hideaway with some very dear friends. Of course I guess that the well-kept secret is no longer a secret. And here is wishing Carolyn and Chris all the best with “Baby Farmer!” ENJOY!!!!!!
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