A Family Friendly, Scenic Vacation

A few weeks ago I posted about my Bucket List Day and I wanted to share some more details of our trip to Amelia Island.  This quaint little island is located on the border of Florida and Georgia about 40 minutes north of Jacksonville on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.  The initial draw to this vacation destination was the horseback riding experience, but once we arrived I realized we had discovered a quiet little island gem.

When you arrive on the island, the first thing you notice is the lack of high-rise hotels or condos cluttering the beach.  The shoreline is dotted with lovely little beach houses and cottages.  The hotels and condos tend to be low-rise and do not obstruct the beautiful views. Doesn’t this little place look divine!

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 How cool would it be to live on the corner of Ocean and Dolphin Street!

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Our first night there, we discovered a beach view restaurant called Sliders Seaside Grill.  We dined alfresco and celebrated the Misters birthday!  Notice Little One photo bombing the picture from the slide.  What a concept to provide a playground for the munchkins to let loose in while they wait for their dinner!  Genius!

KyleAfter dinner, we strolled down to the beach and discovered this guy!  Lots of jellyfish and sea life to be found on this beach.

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Next to the horseback riding experience, my favorite thing about this vacation was the spectacular show each morning.  What a blessing to be able to enjoy this gift God gives us each morning!  I woke up early each morning we were there and stole down to the beach to enjoy the sunrise.  Such a stunning, quiet, peaceful way to start the day.

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We had plenty of beach time for shell collecting and exploring.

408One afternoon we explored Fort Clinch State Park.  This is the view as you drive into the park, a tunnel of trees!

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We spent time at the beach building our own fort.

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We lingered a little too long, because we missed touring the fort which closed at 5:00, but we were at least able to get some pictures before they locked the gate.  Pretty impressive!  The fort dates back to 1847 and is 19th century brick fortress begun after the end of the Second Seminole War.

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 If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend visiting Amelia Island. It is a great place to get away with the family to relax and soak up some sunshine and beauty!

~Blessings,

Jen

Inspirational Quote

I recently read this quote and I thought it interesting how is so thoroughly sums up the way I feel.  I thought I would share it with you, as well as a picture of a the sunrise on Amelia Island, which perfectly portrays the last line of this quote.

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.  The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.”  

John Burroughs

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~Blessings,
Jen

Bucket List Day!

Do you have a Bucket List?  I have not formally written one, but I have always had a few ideas floating around my head.  Last week, my family traveled to Amelia Island, Florida for Spring Break. (More details on the island to come in another post.)  Amelia Island is one of the few places in the United States where you can horseback ride on the beach.  This particular activity has always been one of my top Bucket List items and I am happy to say I have checked it off my list.  Next to my wedding day and the birth/adoption of my girls, this was one of the happiest days of my life.  I could not stop smiling!

It was a spectacular, sunny, cloudless day with temperatures in the 70’s.  We chose Debbie with Ride The Beaches of Amelia Island and I highly recommend her.  She was friendly and has an obvious love of horses.  The proceeds from the cost of the ride are donated to a horse rescue.

Oldest and Little One enjoyed the ride and even the Mister seemed to have a great time.  Here is a picture collage of our experience:

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So if you love horses and are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, I would highly recommend this!  This whole experience inspired me to sit and write down my Bucket List.  Taking the leap and doing something on my list gave me great joy and a re-newed energy and outlook on my life.  So I started my list and here are my top three:

1.Ride a horse on the beach. (check)

2.Visit Hawaii with my Mom and family.

3. Be a contestant on a game show. (I know this is a weird one, but I love game shows!)

I would love to hear from you in the comments section.  What are your top three Bucket List items?  Maybe I’ll get some good ideas from your list!

~Blessings,

Jen