Once more to Pass-A-Grille Beach

by grace on March 29, 2020

Real-time life update: Yesterday it got up to 71 degrees and kevin and i took a little walk through the fields which which had lots of standing water. it was great to get outside.

After that i decided i needed to transplant a few tulips which had somehow come up in the front. i though i’d transplanted them all last year but these were extras. I managed to dig up about eight or ten and then managed to plant them in the fenced yard, but that was way too much exercise for yesterday. hopefully at least a couple of them will survive.

This morning it’s not as warm and crazy-windy outside but the sun is shining, which is great. Kevin brought Lovey into the screened porch and I hope this is the start of her new life with us inside.

But back to Florida – this was our last full day there and of course my Number One desire was to go to the beach.

First, this black goose was swimming around in the river when i got up in the morning.

I went for a good run and in the background maybe you can see the river behind this yard.

I love that festive metalwork above that door and haven’t seen anything like it before.

yay, another warm-weather run completed!

We got to Pass-A-Grille by 2:00 and didn’t find any parking along the beach, so we ended up on the gulf side. The only hitch is that I had to download the parking app and then add money to it on the app. It took a while to do it and then of course i had to worry that maybe it didn’t really work; there was nothing to indicate that the meter was running. So i asked a woman walking by and she thought we’d be fine.

We took the 5-minute walk over to the beach and it was fun to walk past the cute little houses on the block.

A nice guy threw in a free umbrella with our lounge-chair rental because he didn’t think we’d be there long. It was a very windy day but of course we were going to be there for the duration. Last day at the beach!

I got mom to take a walk with me, and here’s a view back to our spot on the beach and the outdoor cafe Paradise Grille behind it.

Ok, we saw this guy doing something like windsurfing but that’s not what it was. In windsurfing the sail is attached to the board, and this guy was holding onto a rope which was attached to the sail.

It’s also not called parasailing or paragliding. I spent at least an entire minute just now looking it up on wikipedia but I couldn’t find what it’s called. Here you can sort of see the guy way out there.

This guy is not really windsurfing either, as best as i can tell, because he’s holding the sail up above him. that has to be really difficult especially because it was so very windy that day.

yay for mom for walking! that’s the Don Cesar way down the empty beach.

My favorite beach bird scurrying all around and about.

I thought it funny that these gulls were able to sleep in the surf.

I have more photos from that day, but that’s enough for now, i don’t want you to get overwhelmed by all the photos…

ok then,

mrs. hughes, staying at home.


Another beach!

by grace on March 25, 2020

Life update – not as much coughing, plus the sun might actually come out today which would be fantastic.

Back in Florida, before everything shut down:

Sunday Feb. 23rd was warm and wonderful and i went for a good run. Here’s me in front of the door to our rental house.

Today we were headed to Clearwater Beach, rated as the 2nd best beach in Florida on Trip Advisor. Hmm. More on my opinion of that later.

I read that parking is difficult to find in Clearwater so I booked us tickets on the Clearwater Ferry. We had the option of going on Sunday or Monday, but the ferry only ran on Sunday, so that settled it. You can only buy tickets online ahead of time.

We could have taken the ferry from Clearwater to Clearwater Beach but there was a huge blues festival in Clearwater that day so they advised us that it might be impossible to find parking. Instead, we drove to Dunedin, a smaller town just north of Clearwater.

The drive to Dunedin wasn’t bad; we avoided the highway and it took about hour to get there. Dunedin sounded like a cute little town and I’d hoped we’d get there in time to walk about a bit. But we stopped at a Publix for some snacks on the way and by the time we parked in Dunedin there wasn’t time for any strolling.

But it was a glorious day and the pier was bustling plus there were plenty of pelicans.

Birds everywhere.

This car was parked in the parking lot and many guys were circling it, checking it out and taking photos so i decided to do the same because I figured Kevin would enjoy it, plus he’d be able to easily identify it.

I also took a very short video clip of the car. Kevin says he doesn’t know if it was a Mach One or Two, not the most critical thing in the world.

Soon we could see the ferry coming in. I think it was scheduled to depart at 1:15.

Video of its arrival.

I wish i’d gotten a good picture of this, but at least you can maybe tell what’s going on in the video. a boat had clearly broken down and this other boat was towing it with no boat. Crazy. I’m pretty sure you’re required to have a rope on your boat and am amazed that neither boat must have had one. they were creeping along, with people on both boats cling to the other.

We all boarded. good times.

Plenty of birds atop the pilings on the pier.

The bay side of Clearwater Beach in the distance.

Here’s yet another seemingly abandoned sailboat. Maybe it’s just moored like that? Don’t know.

The ride was supposed to take 50 minutes but it was only maybe half an hour. it was fun to be out on the water for that short time.

And then…Clearwater Beach. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.

ok then,

Mrs. staying at home with plenty of time to post things hughes.


Back to the beach!

by grace on March 14, 2020

Wed. afternoon, Feb. 19th, we made it to the beach a half-hour earlier than the day before, at about ten til five. More time to relax/walk on the beach before the sun set.

more ibis.

Ibis plus a gull! Today I brought a big ziploc bag for picking up shells, plus another bag to double-bag.

After i got done walking, there was mom, happily playing solitaire on her ipad. This afternoon we rented beach recliners, much better than just lying on the sand. The rental guy gave us a discount because it was so late in the day.

Here’s a short video – it’s funny that I say that i don’t know what they are because i’m pretty sure Jim had already texted me that they’re Ibis.

I also commented on the crowd but it wasn’t much of a crowd at all. I took somebody’s picture and then they reciprocated.

big cheap cocktails on the beach!

I was wearing one of the bathing suits I got for our honeymoon. So yeah, a very old swimming suit. but it continues to be in good condition, probably because i don’t get a chance to wear it very often.

here’s a hungry and irritated gull hoping i’d just give him some food already.

Here’s where we parked again on 8th Avenue, the only secret street with two-hour free parking plus no enforcement after six. you might just barely be able to glimpse the sign for the “grace” restaurant there on the left. But maybe not.

I really love this beach. it’d be nice to stay in one of the places right across the street. there were quite a few hotels and i bet there are rental houses, too.

we had to go back to our cute little house and pack up, because on thursday we were going to check out and stay in Tampa. We had leftovers for dinner, because we didn’t need to eat out for every single meal…

ok then,

mrs. h.


…and it was a very full day, indeed. i’ve broken it up into two parts so you won’t be burdened with trying to read/watch all of it at once.

the day started out with a pretty good run.

because i’d gotten to sleep pretty late the night before i didn’t start my jog until about 10:00, so it was pretty warm. i wasn’t sure where to go, so i ran on the sidewalk along a pretty big street. not much shade. but still, it was great to run outside in shorts.

kevin sent me this picture that morning.

mom and i finally made it out the door and the five-minute drive to gulfport beach. there was plenty of parking on the street running along the beach.

Here’s the video of the beach.

Some seniors were doing karaoke at a beach shelter. A woman was singing a Pasty Cline song and she was fantastic, but i didn’t start recording in time. here she is singing another song.

A guy started singing a really sad song, and i managed to capture a bit of it.

we strolled up the main street, Beach Blvd, where there were many shops and restaurants. We had a fantastic lunch outside on the patio at a cute coffee place called GulfPerk coffee bar. I had a fancy avocado toast and i think mom had chicken salad.

i don’t usually take a picture of a bathroom wall but just look at these fun old photos. i guess this was wallpaper? so cool, all the vintage florida scenes.

here’s anothe angle – you can see the women skiiers holding up “Cypress Gardens” banners. we saw that show when i was maybe eight or ten years old.

we walked out onto the pier and it was odd to see these two boats which had partially capsized.

i also shot a little video of them.

such a lovely first afternoon.

as we strolled back along the beach we decided to stop in for a couple of happy hour margaritas.

and that’s it for the first part of our day.

on this trip, as always, i gave myself a stern lecture about not taking so many photos. and as always i failed miserably. but i’m going to do my best to winnow them down this time. so we’ll see how that goes.

ok then,

mrs. h.


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our last night in NYC

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the SeaGlass Carousel

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On Wednesday, Dec. 11th after we left the Brooklyn Museum and got tix for the Temptations show on Broadway, mom and I hopped on a free downtown manhattan bus and headed for the Seaglass Carousel. Bev had told me about it; she’d seen a post that our friend Gil had put up on facebook. I […]

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the Rockettes

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