I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Beach Boating and Babies

My best friend since junior high school has been visiting, and brought her youngest daughter and 4 grandkids. We had a great time seeing each other again! Dee came to visit last year in April with her middle daughter and we went to Clearwater. If you missed those posts you can see them here and here.

I'm still amazed that we are both grandma's now (and have been for quite some time!) Who knew time would fly by so fast?

Dee's daughter Kloiah hadn't ever been to Daytona Beach, or to Florida either...so off to Daytona we went.
Slathering these little white Alaskan girls with sunscreen was a top priority.

The sky was such a pretty shade of blue.

 We pitched our chairs and beach gear near the pier and the boardwalk.

 I'm the one in the white hat, with the white (and red) skin who looks like she isn't from here. Dee is the tan one...she likes to soak up as much sun as possible.

On Saturday we took them out on the boat. We usually give out of towners a trip up and down the Silver River. Every trip is different, too.
When a tree falls into and across the river, only the parts blocking the river get cut and taken away.
Can you see the alligator in this picture?

The kids loved looking for wildlife.

Florida is the only state with wild rhesus monkeys!
We were very fortunate to get to see two troops of monkeys. We've never seen more than one troop in a trip before.
It's always a treat to see the monkeys!

The second troop of monkeys had several babies holding onto their momma's.
 Look really close....the baby monkeys are small, some even tiny.
See him holding onto her? He is underneath and has legs and arms wrapped around her.
I never tire of the monkey's or the river!

My favorite monkey was this little guy!
Nawwww...He's not a monkey. But the way he uses his toes you would think he was!
I adore baby feet!

Hopefully Dee will visit again next year, and maybe her hubby Paul will get to come with her. Right now he is visiting his family in Newfoundland. (An update to Paul's bio...they have 10 grandkids and one on the way!)

Dee left Sunday morning, so it's time for me to get back to work!


Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Wow! What a great trip down the river! That alligator looks scary...

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That river boat ride looked like something out of Disneyland. Pretty awesome. I liked the photo of you and Dee - you 2 look like mischief just waiting to happen! LOL!

Cheryl Kraynak said...

1. There is really a place with a sign that says "Eat At Joe's" ?? ha ha!

2. Cool monkeys! It looks like you're in Thailand or something like that! I'd love to see them.

3. Baby has such gorgeous eyes!

Luv this post! Have a great week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun visit you had! And you look beautiful and happy on the beach with your best friend! That is such a lovely stretch of beach. The boat ride looks like fun! I've never seen those monkeys...oh my! Enjoy your week! Get some rest, my friend! Hugs!

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