Ever since our trip to the North Carolina mountains, we had been staying close to home. That meant only going to the grocery store, or maybe Lowe’s, Target, or the pharmacy, always wearing a mask and gloves per science-based recommendations. For meals, we prepared most at home and only went out to get take-out from our local restaurants.
Jeannie’s birthday was coming up in January, and she wanted a change of view, and this time she wanted to be near the Atlantic coast. After a bit of searching, she had picked out an AirBnB on the Intracoastal waterway near Crescent Beach, on Florida’s northeast coast. About half-way between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach it was a perfect place to enjoy nature and avoid any crowds.
For a week we had mostly beautiful, cool weather with views of sunsets over the waterway It was a short walk to the ocean, and short drives to Washington Oaks State Park and its beautiful gardens and the unusual (for Florida) rock formations on the beach. There were also several nature preserves nearby with some excellent hikes.
Food and wine were all packed, and Jeannie had prepared and froze several meals to take with us to reduce the need to shop. In fact, we never went to a grocery while we were there.
It turned out to be a great getaway for a birthday, and for icing on the cake, on the drive home we were treated to a whale and calf sighting just offshore from Flagler Beach.