View From The Hammock

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Taking a “vacation” was not a usual event in our family of seven, but we did manage to live in two countries [Italy and Turkey] courtesy of the US Navy and once settled back in the United States, visited family. As a big family, visiting other members of our extended family was our vacation.

As a child, visiting family meant climbing in our station wagon and driving straight from Washington, D.C. to Key West, Florida. We’d reach the Florida Keys and know that once we reached the Seven-mile Bridge we were almost there.sevenmile bridge

It always seemed to be around the July 4th break. My cousins would have spent the night on the beach, saving our place in the sand. Our days were full of sun, saltwater, shell hunting and great Cuban food. My favorite go-to meal when in Key West is always a good Cuban Mix sandwich. Still is, today.cuban-sandwich

 

It was a wonderful time of family gathering from several states to descend on my grandparents for a week. We heard lots of Spanish conversations we didn’t understand, enjoyed sleeping under a fan and waving palm fronds at each other. The “beach” brings back beautiful memories for me. Warm sand, hot sun and a walking the shore while at the beach is my all-time favorite pastime. It calms me, quiets my mind and lets me refresh my spirit.

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As an adult, I still find any shore that gives me chance to walk near the water, breathe the salt air and listen to the sounds of waves to be a great vacation spot. From the Connecticut shores on the Long Island Sound…

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To Mexico Beach, Florida where serene walks on the beach inspire creativity, where sea turtles come to lay their eggs and where I recharge is the best.Blog 6-8 MxBch

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And now that we have a forever home, I can add the view from our hammock, the quiet swish of lake waters and breezy evenings on our dock as the next best thing to an extended beach vacation.

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My hammock view

 

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Peace and Quiet

 

How about your favorite vacation spot? Share your comments below and be sure to check out the other Wednesday Writers sharing their vacation spots —

Paranormal romance writer Kay Hudson  | Romantic suspense writers Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Young adult romance writer TL Sumner / Single Title Romance writer Tamra Baumann

 

 

Comments (9)

  1. Kay Hudson

    What lovely photos. I loved any excuse to visit the Keys when I lived in South Florida, and I well remember those long bridges!

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  2. Carol J. Post

    Your Key West vacations sounds wonderful, Jean! I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and have never made it to Key West. I’ve done lots of beach vacations, though, and like you, I love those long walks along the shore. The view from your hammock now is amazing. Who needs a vacation?

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  3. tamrabaumann

    Jean, I think you guys are on vacation everyday now at your new home. Looks fabulous! Fun post!

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  4. Sharon Wray

    Jean, I love the beach too. And the lake. And any water in general. I’ve only been to the Keys once, but I would absolutely love to go back! It’s so beautiful and peaceful down there. A perfect place to read and write!

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  5. bellwriter

    Ah, love this, and I’ve traveled over that 7-mile bridge on occasion, too, Jean. We’ve put our heads together and figure our grandmothers must have known each other. Oh, but you didn’t mention Platillo (Yellow rice and chicken) which has a special spice I’ve never been ever to capture here in the Rockies. Or Black Beans and Rice. Or Devil Crab stands…. Key West has a special place in my heart too. My brother was born there. And one evening while sitting on the porch watching a glorious sunset, my uncle and I saw a monkey swing by. I kid you not! Favorite vacation place…. Wow, that’s such a hard one because I love Florida. But I love the mountains, and Telluride and a lovely place called Vallecito Lake in Colorado are two of my favorites. xo

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    1. Jean Willett (Post author)

      It was hard to pick one food…I love all Cuban food 🙂 We have to visit together one time and see what our grandmothers had in common.

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      1. bellwriter

        You’re on. And both of us forgot CUBAN Coffee!

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  7. T. L. Sumner

    Jean – I have wanted to go the Keys, just haven’t gotten there yet. I’m definitely more of a lake girl, than an ocean girl, but I love the sound of the ocean crashing against the shore, too.

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