Dec 10, 2013

the view from the water

near cape canaveral, florida
There was a very specific moment last week when all of a sudden I noticed that the water around me was blue. Not the brackish, gray/brown liquid that I'd become so accustomed to seeing, but a blue-green, almost teal color. It was such a surprise to see, and it made me think about all of the ways the landscape has changed as we've made our way down the coast. It's amazing the different impression you can get from a place when you're viewing it from the water, as opposed to exploring it by land.

near wrightsville beach, north carolina
We started in North Carolina, which was characterized by charming coastal towns, isolated anchorages, and unfortunately, dirty water. It had a slow-paced, romantic feel, straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. The waterway was quiet, and framed in endless tall grass.

georgetown, south carolina
South Carolina had it's own charming towns and cities, full of history and the first hints of spanish moss. We were bundled up half of the time, but figured we just hadn't made it far enough south yet. 

somewhere in georgia
Georgia won us over with it's hospitality in Savannah and Jekyll Island and of course, even more spanish moss. Unfortunately for sweet Georgia, the waterway was tricky and stressful, being narrow and shallow in so many places. And the cold days started to outnumber the pleasant ones, and we'd had about enough of that. Riley says the landscape along Georgia's waterway was his favorite, but I spent so much time trying to avoid the cold, my memory of it is limited to the photo above.

palm beach, florida
We rolled into Florida with the fog, but it wasn't too long before she showed us the sun. And blue water. The palm trees and red tiled roofs dotting the coastline were a welcome change of scenery. The waterway in Florida is wide, and busy. Marinas with mega yachts, hotels, and bridges, lots and lots of bridges. Today we only plan to travel about 30 miles, but we have to call and wait on 15 different bridges to open along the way. 


North Carolina's coast had kind of melted into South Carolina's, which had morphed into Georgia's, but here on Florida's waterway, we're in a whole other world. We can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.



linking up with bonnie!

12 comments:

  1. yet another reason I love living in florida :) beautiful photos!

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    1. It's a beautiful place to live! We've enjoyed what we've seen of it so far!

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  2. Have you read Love With A Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche? IT IS YOUR LIFE. So freaking cool! (And wicked-awesome snapshots! x)

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  3. Beautiful! Looks like a wonderful trip so far!

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  4. I love the water is blue, there are days in NC and SC when the water is blue but it has to be a very very calm day otherwise the water looks yucky and brown.

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  5. Welcome to my neck of the woods! Funny you mention the blue water, I'm always amazed at the other side of Florida's water and don't think twice at this coast's water. I've been internet-less for (ever) a bit so not sure when you got here or where you stopped, but I hope you peaked at St. Augustine. Also it has been disgustingly hot this week, so I'm sure you warmed right up.

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  6. Gorgeous!! That blue-teal water looks like some kind of wonderful magic potion. Enjoy the beautiful views and the WARMTH!

    -Amy

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    1. Haha, it does kind of! When we're cruising along I always think it looks like some sort of beautiful blue jello, haha. It's kind of hard not to just jump right in sometimes!

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  7. Ooooh! I'd be so excited about the blue water, too! After having been that far south and farther, the North and South Carolina beaches just aren't the same! I'm glad the weather is improving with the view!

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  8. Is it true that North Carolina doesn't have good mexican food??
    That could be a huge deal breaker for moving there if that's true!

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  9. Wow, gorgeous! You're right... it looks straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel! What an adventure!

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