Monday, April 2, 2012

Dreaming Of ...

If you haven't read part one, click here.
Florida.
Naples, Florida to be exact. Its been a little over 6 months since we have been there, and I am eagerly awaiting our next trip back. Going through all 856 photos from our 10 day trip, it was hard to choose which ones to share.
Naples is a big enough city to find anything you will ever need, yet has the small town feel. It has rain & sun , it's a win, win!

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We arrived on the beaches to be welcomed with signs of turtles nearby.

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To actually seeing turtles. How neat is that?
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The birds were abundant on those white sandy beaches.
Minding their own business, they were.
Makes me wonder, what a life they must live.
Sign me up, I'll comb those beaches and mind my own business.
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Oh, yes I will.
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Found this little creature crawl up upon
my towel. He was hiding under his shell
and I didn't even know a little thing lived
inside there. So cute.
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These little lizards, aka Gecko's
were everywhere. The first few
days they had me jumping and shrieking,
but I got use to them, and they were
always there to greet me. In the pool,
on the handles of the car, on the sidewalks.
Let's just say you were never alone ....
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Sunsets are to die for in Naples.
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It makes us all come to a sudden stop.
Makes you realize in life that beauty can be
found in the simplest of things, and sometimes
its right there in front of you.
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As our trip was coming to an end,
we decided to take the short 90
minute jaunt over to Miami, South Beach in fact.
Just jumping on the highway was a little eye-opener.
Come to find out, the highway is called Alligator Alley.
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It wasn't a whole 10 minutes into the drive,
that I noticed the highway is fenced in, and we are
surrounded by wetlands and alligators. I can't see
them but from the signs I can see that they are there.
Then I see this sign ...
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And within say 30 seconds from that exit,
I see a coiled up snake on
the highway being eaten by a big black bird.
I just wanted to go to Miami, people.
It gets better ...
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Um, panthers? Did I read that right,
I nervously asked my husband? I instructed
him to just drive, drive fast, and please
to not get a flat tire, because um, we were surrounded
by alligators, panthers and snakes. There was
no way in hell, I was getting out of that car.

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Pretty little Naples was all wrapped up in a bow,
and there was none of this going on there. But once we arrived to the other
side and reached Miami, I could breathe again.
Miami, South Beach.
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Totally love these cute
lifeguard stations.
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The water is greener, and colder.
But still beautiful it is.
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We've been there, stuck our toes in the Atlantic.
Checked that off the bucket list.
I'm sure Miami has it's good features, but Naples it is for me.
And yes, we had to drive back the same way we came.
Never doing that again [period]!

18 comments:

  1. Wow! all of the animals! That's so awesome that you not only got to see all that wildlife, but were able to take pictures as well!
    It looks like it was a pretty amazing trip!

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  2. GORGEOUS pictures! You are soooo talented! (I say that every time, don't I?)
    I want to go here someday!

    p.s. We are going to Maui in May!

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  3. I would pack up and move to Florida tomorrow, if I could just convince my husband! ;)

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  4. The panther crossing sign would freak me right out! :)

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  5. My family used to own a turtle like that :) love it.

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  6. Looks like an amazing place! I know someone who lives super close to Naples...they do day trips there all the time...so jealous!!
    ♥ Kyna

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  7. Oh wow so gorgeous!! Looks like a fun trip:-)

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  8. Love your pictures! What an amazing place to vacation. Would you mind checking out my blog, and maybe following if you liked it? :)

    Thanks!
    ~Hima
    horcruxesandhallows.blogspot.com

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  9. oh gosh, those sunsets are just beautiful! and i love the turtle sign! i can't believe you actually have to check that. i really need to go to florida. i always hear great things!! :)
    xo TJ

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  10. Those beach pics are amazing!! I've never been to Naples but it looks fantastic!

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  11. Ah! I wish I were a photographer. Your pictures are lovely. I'm a big fan of your blog design too. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    P.S. I see a comment from my friend Courtney B up there. I love her!

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  12. Gorgeous photography! That last photo Shauna is Magazine worthy - something you'd see in National Geographic or something! It's stunning! The green, blue and white of the waves breaking into the sand....I really love it.

    Alligators, Snakes, Panthers? Are you kidding! I don't think I would venture out of my car if I came across signs like that! We have turtles everywhere in East Texas...the other day Chris came home with 3 or 4 in the back of his truck, just coming home from work! Fast little things they are.

    You have a great weekend!!! xo

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  13. Really like your blog!
    A wonderful post!

    Have you got an account in instagram?
    If yes, write me your name!

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  14. What a lovely blog. I am a new follower :)

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  15. WONDERFUL PICTURES. You are truly talented!!

    Love the blog.

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