Wednesday, April 16, 2014

road trip recap: Pensacola Beach & Santa Rosa Island, Florida

On a road trip absolutely FULL of amazing adventures, this couple of days was probably my favorite. The weather was probably a huge factor in that it was the only day where the sun was out it wasn't too chilly (side note - year of the polar vortex was probably NOT the prime time for a trip trying to escape the crappy weather - it was uncharacteristically cold everywhere we went, even Florida). It was nice to enjoy the beach in appropriate beach weather, haha. The water was still kinda cold, but that was easy to get over once I discovered all the pretty things to see under the waves. This day spawned a new obsession - hunting for seashells! I found the prettiest one of the whole trip (above - a pear whelk), and one of the few unbroken finds of my haul.
I spent the day at Pensacola Beach, and towards late afternoon I headed east a few miles and parked the van by the dunes on Santa Rosa Island, where bay was visible to one side, and the gulf to the other. I hung out in the van that night, played lots of Clue Express with the bf, and soaked up the amazing beachy atmosphere. There weren't any signs prohibiting overnight parking (that we saw) so we stayed the night, and I woke up to a beautiful sunrise that turned everything a gorgeous mix of pink, purple, and blue. Walking on the beach and watching the sun rise that morning was a truly spiritual experience. I don't know if I've ever seen anything as lovely. This was the night/morning that really sealed the deal for me, van road trip wise. I got to enjoy this spectacular area, sleep overnight practically right on the beach, and wake up to this view all without seeing another soul, and it cost nothing. Van life, people, is where it's at.

The sun eventually hid behind the clouds and it became significantly chillier than it had been the previous day. I decided to forgo completely suiting up to snorkel, but I ended up getting pretty wet as I collected shells along the shore anyways. The best finds from this beach were an unbroken giant cockle, a fighting conch, and a perfect teeny tiny whelk. Little did I know that, even though it was colder, these would be the best days for swimming and shelling. I thought it would remain pretty much the same throughout my time in Florida, at least, but dang, it was cloudy and low fifties for most of it. Hopefully next year I'll catch some more actual sunny beach days! (I'm already planning on coming back to this area and maybe down to Sanibel Island where I hear the shelling is top notch!)
pictures 2, 8, & 9 by Shepley
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Marlen said...

aww man, that stinks it was a bit chilly- that polar vortex was cramping everyone's style, haha. that's awesome you still went snorkeling, though! i've never tried it but it looks like so much fun. and hunting for seashells is one of my favorite things to do at the beach :)

xo marlen
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doncia babe said...

amazing pics, such a sunny person you are!:)

Abigail ~ said...

gosh. beautiful beach scenes. how i wish i was there right now!!
i always enjoy your road trip recaps. that van is like my absolute dream i just cannot get over how awesome it is.
~Abigail

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Awesome photo's, the colours of the sunset are stunning!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous pics, darling!

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Jeanne said...

I love the stripes and dots combo of your bikini! Great pictures! Make me wanna hit the beach even more!!!
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The Purple Assassin. said...

I believe there's nothing as beautiful as road trips.

Anita said...

lovely blog :)
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Kati said...

Oh man, you make me want to go on holiday so badly!

Have a great Easter with your family and/or friends!
-Kati

Gail J said...

I miss my old good days in Florida so much! And this post makes me miss it even more :) Visit Orlando, there are so many things to do there <3

Mary Lee said...

these pictures are breathtaking maan i want to go there!
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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

So beautiful and dreamy! x

The Style Rawr said...

Gosh, these snaps are just so beautiful - what a view! You're so lucky you could stay overnight. Mmm...

Tara x

Nagareboshi said...

What an amazing place! So beautiful. I wouldn't mind chilling at a beach right about now. ^^

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Dressed with soul said...

Your bikini and your body are both perfect <3

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Laura said...

this sounds absolutely amazing and the pictures are perfect! obviously the weather wasn't too awful, ha:-) also, i'm now following, because i don't even know why i wasn't already! :-) x

Carly said...

It's amazing that you got to wake up to such a gorgeous sunrise right there on the beach! I've really been enjoying this road trip series! xxx

Keys of Anouk said...

Oh my, it looks like paradise! :) xo

Johanna said...

Your sunset pictures are just awesome!

Sakuranko said...

Oh very amazing pics!
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Imogen said...

Wow this is so impressive. Your pictures are absolutely outstanding and the beach scenes make me want to visit somewhere beautiful. The pictures with the colourful sky are out of this world stunning. It was great to hear about your adventures.

Laviña Jampit said...

seems you're enjoying the summer and nice photos, dear :)

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Laviña Jampit said...

seems you're enjoying the summer and nice photos, dear :)

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Mihaela Pojogu said...

It's a pleasure to travel even virtual seeing those photos!
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Lostvestige said...

Beautiful photos!! I definitely want to take a trip to Florida sometime, hopefully next summer! :D

jennifer rose said...

Those pictures are absolutely magical.

Dominika R. Scholzová PiecesofMyWorld-ByDominika said...

Soo cool photos and post !! It most be amazing trip =)

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