My folks took the girls camping up north yesterday to be exact. They’re up at Rainbow River Campground. It’s a state park with crystal clear rivers and springs. I think they might retrieve water for bottling from Zephryhills Springs or something like that nearby. Today they floated the river for two hours in brightly colored inner tubes. The water was a cool 72 degrees. I would imagine that they all looked like fruit loops cruising down the river. I can’t wait to see some photos from their journey.
I on the other hand am holding down the fort and the cats and the beach and the pool here. I walked the beach yesterday morning and then floated in the pool with a great book. I’m reading Freedom by Malika Oufkir. I got it before I left town for $3 at the Dollar Store. It’s a hard back book and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this woman. I think she was on Oprah once and maybe I’d just forgotten about her. Anyways her first book is called Stolen Lives and I tried to find it here, but can’t. I’ll order it from Amazon when I return. She’ s a good writer with a story worth reading that’s for certain.
Awhile back I gave up on paying $35 for a hair cut. I’m keeping my hair short and frankly, I can’t really tell the difference between an expensive cut and a cheap one. I got a great trim at Great Clips back home a few months ago. My hair is pretty fried on the ends with all the swimming I’ve been doing. Not just here, but from the massive doses of chlorine in the pool at the YMCA. My hair actually looks OK with these bleached highlights. Oddly enough, I’ve had several people ask me where I got my hair colored. I just say it’s Loreal Ash Brown with YMCA chlorine, because it’s true. Anyhow, with the beach wind, the salt from the sea and the chlorine here at the pool, my ends were almost completely white. I found a Great Clips up the road. When I got there I saw this funky grandma and I was hoping she would cut my hair. And she did. She used a razor for texture (thank god) and used words like chunky and piecey. Thank you Great Clips for a $13 cut. But the best part was this. She informed me that every day on Venice Beach they offer free yoga. Say Whaat? Yep. I went today and it was great. There were around 25 people there. An equal number of chicks and dudes and most were my age or older.
That’s our teacher in the sand.
Man. I wish I would’ve got a haircut the first day I arrived so I could’ve found out about this class much sooner.
Venice is a quaint little town. On the way out, I took a few beach shots.
After I left the beach, I stopped under the bridge.
There’s an old train station there that now serves as a fully, functional bus stop.
The bridge goes over the intracoastal waterway. This is also the same location where we stopped to take shelter from the rain in the boat the day we got stranded.
I think these condos are so pretty.
I arrived back home and went hunting for sharks teeth at the beach. I kicked my shoes off at the beach entrance just like you would in a yoga room. I guess you could say the beach is God’s yoga room. We have done our shoes this way for 20 years. Not just us, but others do it as well. Anyways, two hours later I returned to get my shoes and they were gone. No way. Are you serious? Totally. I wouldn’t have been that bummed except I just purchased them last week. Jeanine took me to DSW Shoe Store in Ft. Myers to check out their Tevas. I bought two pair and of course, I was wearing the prettiest pair yesterday. No place has my size in the entire state of Florida. After a massive search, I found the last pair of Teva Mush size 7’s in Oriental Electric Lime in the entire world.
I hope the person that borrowed my shoes really needed them. Or perhaps, someone thought they were abandoned. I suppose they looked pretty lonely sitting there with no other shoes to party with. Tonight when I go to the beach, I’m going barefoot. I hate to carry my shoes and walk the beach, don’t you?