There are not enough words. The beauty we saw, the laughs we had, the adventure across the country was more then we hoped for. Naples delivered in a big way. It captured our hearts and had us at the first moment we stepped off the plane.
From Kaleidoscope skies to the warm salty water .. all I can say is ... oh my.
As plans didn’t quite go as planned for our trip to Europe this September, we were left with a blank canvas to come up with another destination. After a little bit of research and scoping out some beach locations, we ended up in Naples, Florida. I had read a lot about it from another blogger who is lucky enough to live there. Week after week, I am left drooling over the photos of where she gets to call home, so there was no better option.
Not only were the husband and I looking for a little vacation, we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary from a few months back. We needed a little something extra this time around. We scheduled our time off, and scored ourselves a little beach house for two weeks.
A perfect little beach house.
Nothing fancy, but oh so perfect.
Full of lush greens and palm trees galore.
And perfect pink flowers.
We had late night barbeque's, with Pina Coladas none the less.
And this oh so perfect pool.
The long day of travel from Oregon to Florida was so worth it. We enjoyed every minute of this place. The beauty out did itself. Naples is in South West Florida overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The water was a nice 80ish degrees.
We drove through all the fancy neighborhoods and found hidden beaches
tucked away the end of culd-a-sac's.
A nice little beach away from the big buildings and crowds.
Theres nothing better then having the place to yourself.
It was the same ole routine each day, grabbing some breakfast and some days it was just some coffee and Dunkin Donuts, but we were on that beach each morning by 9. We didn’t do much but have endless conversations, worship the sun and draw pictures in the sand. It doesn’t take much us for us. A little ocean with our toes in the sand, and we are happy.
And seeing the American Flag at impromptu locations, gets me every time.
I stop and recognize it, and know that I'm damn lucky to live where there is beauty like this.
The skies up above are the bluest of blue. I have never seen a sky so blue. And those cotton candy like clouds move so fast ... I would just sit and watch them pass all day long.
Our beach that we visited each night for sunset, was covered in thousand of shells. I've been lucky enough to hit up lots of beaches up and down the West coast and in Hawaii, and I have never seen so many shells.
Sunsets each day are magical. It’s nothing but love painted across the sky each night. The whole world stops to stare when the sun is setting. And you never know from day to day what beautiful masterpiece you will see. Clouds or no clouds, each one is unique.
Take your pick ..
and my favorite ...
And this is our crazy attempt of taking our own pictures.
We had fun, and they make us laugh, and that's all that matters.
These feature the real us, you know the ones that feature our laugh lines because we have had many years of fun, and those crows feet are there to show everyone that sometimes we can laugh so hard till we cry, and yes if you look real hard you'll see the grey, that's what happens when you have to work so hard to get a little vacation like this. But I must say .. oh so worth it. and I'll be doing it all over again.
Hawaii is gorgeous, but Naples my dear, you have sold us.
We lived, we laughed, and can't wait to go back.
Stay Tuned for Part 2, to find out about our
trip to Miami.