Saturday, May 23, 2009

Me and the Space Shuttle Atlantis

So, I know your asking yourself just what does Shellbelle and the space shuttle Atlantis have in common? There is a quick, easy answer: We were both waiting out the rain on Florida's East Coast to complete our missions.

I arrived in Neptune Beach last Saturday for what was supposed to be a week of fun at the local beaches with a couple of side trips to St. Augustine, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Jekyll Island in Georgia. The weather was absolutely gorgeous when I arrived in time for the Dancin' In The Street Festival on Saturday. Sunny, with a cooling ocean breeze off the Atlantic. Here's a picture I took on neighboring Jax (Jacksonville) Beach the next day:

Inviting, don't you think? Later that evening the rain started and didn't stop! Now remember, I took that photo on Sunday. Here's the one I took at Neptune Beach on Thursday, when it finally slowed down to a heavy drizzle for a short time:

Now don't get me wrong, I think the beach is beautiful anytime, but this was supposed to be a fun in the sun type vacation. We had fun, we just didn't have sun for days…five days! In Florida we are used to storms, but they usually come and a few hours later the sun is back out. That is not what happened this time. I finally came home yesterday, I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and it was raining here also. Did I mention it is still raining today? Granted, it is not raining near as much as on the other coast, but it is still cloudy and wet. Oh, and humid. One thing you have to love when you live in a tropical climate is humidity. I don't love humidity, I tolerate it. Well, I don't really tolerate it, I just have learned to live with humidity. The AC runs 24 hours a day and the windows are always shut in the late Spring and Summer. We always know when Fall has arrived, not by the leaves turning color, but because we can turn off the AC and open the windows!

Back to the space shuttle though, I have to admire NASA, they are patiently waiting for the rain to stop, so that they can complete their mission. I gave up on mine and came home. I did hear on the news though that Atlantis may also have to give up and land in California. I wonder if they'll visit the beach while they are there?

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I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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