Sunday, January 16, 2011

Working on the Winter Tan

It was warmer today after a few days in the 60's.  We visited another farmer's market, located at the Punta Gorda History Park.  This is also where the bald eagles have nested for the past few years.  We stopped by the other day to see what was happening with the eagles and were disappointed to see no activity and no "eagle watchers", so we assumed there were no eagles.  We found out this morning that the eagles are indeed nesting and the "eagle watchers" expect the female will be laying her egg or eggs in the near future.  Last year's eaglet died after eating rancid meat brought home by the male, who also got very sick but survived.

We took Sir Titan for a nice long walk so that he could burn off some energy and we could all burn off calories.  We did have an ulterior motive.  We were going to the beach and he was going to chill in his crate for a while.  After stopping at Subway for the daily meal deal, or whatever it's called, we dropped the dog at home, packed our beach paraphernalia and drove a short distance to Charlotte Harbor Beach Park (CHBP). 

We visited this park sometime around the hurricane and weren't very impressed; therefore, we have spent most of our beach time driving North to Venice Beach or a little South to Punta Gorda.  We were pleasantly surprised by the facilities at CHBP.  There are restrooms, basketball and tennis courts, picnic table pavilions, a boat ramp, a public pool ($2.50/day) and a very nice, white sand beach.  All of this at the very fair price of 75 cents/hour...not $15 or $20 or more a day, like Wells and Ogunquit. 

We enjoyed our lunch at one of the picnic tables, then settled our chairs into the sand along with several others seeking the warmth of the sun.  It was not crowded but, being the weekend, there were more people on the beach than a week day, of course.  Even so, there was plenty of space.  We paid for 2 hours in order to avoid early tanning sun burns and we wanted to get home in time for the Patriots game (guess we could have stayed a lot later.)  It always feels so good to soak up the rays of the sun...warms the skin and feeds the soul. 

It was a beautiful day!

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