Friday, January 18, 2013
A Day In The Life
Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve Boardwalk - Flagler Beach, Florida
January 4, 2013
Thought you might enjoy seeing what a special place Flagler Beach really is. According to Trip Advisor, this is the #1 rated restaurant.............................
The Java Joint - Rated #1 by Trip Advisor
followed closely by this fine dining establishment......................
The Waffle Cone - Rated #2 by Trip Advisor
If neither of those float your boat, there's always........................
Burrito Works - Highly Rated by Trip Advisor
And my own personal favorite..............................
The Turtle Shack - Rated #4 by Trip Advisor
(not my picture - I lifted it off the internet)
I mean seriously, people.....why would anyone want to go to New York City, Paris or London with choices like these right here in northern Florida? The others have been around for awhile, but the Waffle Cone was new to us. I'll have to say that I've never seen a flavor board quite as extensive and to my delight, it included at least 10 choices of frozen yogurt. Leave your credits cards in the beach house - cash only at this fine dining establishment! If you want fancy table cloths and fine china, you'll have to head north to St. Augustine or south to Ormond or Daytona Beach cause you'll not find them in Flagler. And that's just the way I hope it stays!!
Moving right along...........the days since Bill left have FLOWN by. I can't believe he'll be back late this evening for the long MLK weekend. I hesitate to even say this given the unreal amount of rain that have fallen at home, but my weather has been the most perfect of any year that I recall. There has been not one single drop of rain, very little wind and sunny, cloudless days with temps in the mid to upper 70's! These are ideal weather conditions for someone who suffers from rheumatoid disease and I could not be more grateful for this period of time when I feel so good. It has been a long time and can change in an instant, so I take nothing for granted.
Someone asked what I do all day and do I ever get bored? My life here is very simple, but then my life at home is very simple and I've worked quite hard to get it that way. I am NEVER bored! There is always something to read, something to plan, someone to call or email, something to research and then the extremely important activity of staring at the ocean and contemplating life!
I walk A LOT! My goal is two 50-60 minute walks each day and most days, that happens. You all know that I LOVE where I live and would not want my permanent home to be anywhere else, but Knoxville is so behind the times in its efforts to become a pedestrian friendly community. I am reminded of that each time we are here. In Flagler County, sidewalks are just assumed. If a road is built, it is built with a wide sidewalk. The area is still growing by leaps and bounds with miles and miles of roads that have been built and are now awaiting development. Guess what? Every single one has a wide sidewalk!
There is a 12-foot wide sidewalk/bike path which runs along highway A1A through Flagler County from end to end. Since that is the road my house is on, most of my evening walks are spent walking either north or south along this pathway. It is such a pleasure because I always end up chatting with some of the nicest folks who are walking or biking. Earlier this week, I met the coolest couple from Switzerland who were biking from Jacksonville to Key West on A1A.
My morning walks vary from one of three places depending on what else I need to do that day and my overall mood!
The Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve............................
The path shares a parking lot with the Flagler Public Library and the town park where there are tennis courts, basketball goals, a playground and picnic area. I have walked this boardwalk at all times of the day and it never fails to surprise me with something different.
Between my house and the town, there is a large planned community that sits on the intercoastal waterway. It has only one way in, a guest parking lot at the entrance and grid of streets that intersect on the large circle which runs the perimeter of the property. For a couple of reasons, it is one of my favorite places to walk. It's safe, secure and with a mostly elderly population, you better believe these folks know when a "stranger" is walking their street. But once they know you, you are welcomed and I've seen some sweet examples of "community" i.e. people loving, caring for and watching out for each other as I've walked these streets. Like I said earlier, I never feel bored when I'm here in Flagler Beach, but on days when I'm really missing Bill, this is where I will go because there is ALWAYS someone to talk to. They have "rangers" who volunteer to drive their golf carts through the streets a certain number of times each day specifically to check if anything is amiss or to knock on a door if they haven't seen someone in a couple of days. The place just "feels" good and I always enjoy walking there.
It's a toss-up for sure, but St. Joe Walkway/Palm Coast Linear Trail may be my favorite place in the area to walk. It's a little further from my house in the neighboring community of Palm Coast. This is the area where commercialization has gone rampant, but the two trails are totally within the residential area. The St. Joe Walkway runs parallel to the intercoastal waterway it's entire length and connects with the Palm Coast Linear Trail making it the longest of the paths I walk without repeating. This is usually my option when I need to go to Walmart, the library or grocery store.
These are not my only options, but they are my favorites. There is a new 3.1 mile greenway in Palm Coast that I'd like to check out before I leave and and the Lehigh RailTrail which Bill and I have ridden on our bicycles, but is too secluded and out of the way for me to be comfortable walking there alone.
Yesterday, I drove to Jacksonville to spend some time with a friend whom we've known since college days. We enjoyed lunch and getting caught up. Late this evening, I'll pick Bill up at the airport and we are looking forward to the long MLK weekend for some catching up. I am thankful to note that rain has been taken out of our forecast completely so even though cooler temps are expected, the weather should be nice. I will be most happy to see him!
Thanks for Reading!