Sunday, March 8, 2009

It was time.....

Well we did it! Saturday morning we got up to a beautiful day, jumped into the car and took a little excursion. Guess where we ended up?Nope, that's not snow. That is wonderful, warm, soft, almost white as snow sand!

We decided to head south to the coast of MS. No, it's not quite as beautiful as the Gulf but hey, it's only about 3 hours away. We started our visit in Gulfport and ended up in Ocean Springs. Sometimes you have to go with what works and besides these people need our dollars since so much of this area was blown away by hurricane Katrina.

Now most of you don't know my hubbie or the way he works. He likes to have a plan for everything. I think this is the first time we traveled to anywhere without a plan(except for a trip to Gatlinburg, TN once but that's a different story) and it was great!It was a great day for beachcombing. There wasn't too many people on the beach and this is the first little guy we came across. He looked like a statue standing there so perfectly.And then there were these guys making good use of what had been a pier. They all seemed to be having a great time out there soaking up all that warm sunshine. But my favorite vote getter of the day would be these guys.I love to watch pelicans. They have such a big wing span and they fly in a line above the water when they are scouting for dinner. They are especially fun to watch when fisherman are cleaning their catch and throwing remnants to them. That is what was happening here!In this next picture you can see they are starting to get a little agitated with each other.In this last picture the pelican on the right had actually caught the fish remnants and the bird on the left was trying to "fish" it out of his bill. I was so caught up in trying to capture the action that I don't know who ended up with the "goods". It was so funny to watch. As strong as their bills must be I don't know how he didn't puncture a hole in that other ones soft tissue.

We really enjoyed our visit on the beach. In my next post I will try to give a little more history about the area.





50 comments:

Mildred said...

So happy that you two are feeling better and had a great trip. Sounds like a lot of fun and I can't wait to hear and see more!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Looks like a great trip! The sand is so white and I love all your pictures.
It's good to be spontaneous sometimes, although I'm the one in our marriage who has a hard time doing anything without a plan :)

Jacquie said...

What a great day trip! You should've just kept on driving right on to Orlando to see your sister! I'm sure missing her!!!

Lanny said...

What a great escape. I love the dinner time action, reminds me of dinner with my brothers as a kid!

Meadowview Thymes said...

A little trip to the beach sounds fantastic! I sometimes close my eyes and can the ocean waves and feel the salty air in my face. Nice way to spend the day Susie! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

TC said...

White sand really stands out against the gorgeous blue water. I lived in South Carolina for five years and remember those sandy beaches (and fire ants!). I think it really neat that y'all took off without knowing where you'd end up. We should do that. Were y'all near Jackson, MS? I have a good friend that lives there.

deedee said...

Nothing like a little wind in your hair, sand on your feet, and fresh sea air! Thanks for taking us along with you with your pictures :)

perennialgardener said...

What a nice way to spend the day! That sand is so white it does look like snow. ;) Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Darla said...

What a great day, the salty air!!

Milah said...

My husband, son and I went to Gulfport right after Katrina when they were still cleaning up. The devastation was unbelievable. Then Ike hit our farm in Indiana last summer, now THAT was UNBELIEVEABLE!

I would love to go back to Gulfport to see it again.

The beach looks wonderful in your pictures. How funny about those birds. That skin must be made of rubber!

I can't wait to hear the history.

Susie said...

Thanks Mildred-It was lots of fun!

Catherine-My hubbie is such a big planner. Hardly ever do we do anything spontaneously.

Jacquie-Maybe Orlando was a little too far! I'm sure they are having a great time!

Lanny-You are too funny!

Linda-I'm glad you enjoyed the trip! Maybe you can come next time too!

TC-We live about 15 miles from Jackson.

Deedee-We did have wind in our hair! Lots of it too!

Racquel-Glad you enjoyed the day with us.

Darla-I reckon you can smell the salty air anytime you want.

Susie said...

Hey Milah-Isn't amazing how damaging mother nature can be?

TC said...

Ms. Susie, ever heard of Felder Rushing? ;~)

marmee said...

glad you two could fly by the seat of your pants. it is fun sometimes to be spontaneous.

Elise said...

A trip to the beach sounds heavenly. I can't remember the last time I did something spontaneous like that. I bet it was wonderful.

Terri said...

Oh, I wish I were right there, right now - watching those birds, on that sand! :)

Jen said...

Hooray for you! Sounds like your hubby put on some micky mouse ears. :)

Meems said...

Susie,
What a great way to spend a day... and without a plan. (I know how it is to be your husband -LOL) Sometimes I just have to make myself do something on the spur of the moment just to fool myself. :-)

The beach is so restful. We took ane evening drive to the beach last night. It is a whole world apart from regular living isn't it? Love the pelicans!
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Susie said...

TC-You might say I have heard of him. I read his column in the paper almost every week. I remember you told me y'all did a book together. I don't remember how you know him.

Marmee-Flying by the seat of your pants ain't such a bad idea!

Elise-It was, we had a wonderful, relaxing time!

Terri-I hear you girl. Nothing more relaxing.

Jen-I guess he did!!! hehe!!

Meems-Girl, I envy you being able to go to the beach when you want. It is like going to another world. Every time we visit any beach I always wonder what it would be like to live in a beach town.

jen said...

How fun!! Love the photos!!

Jen

Daisy said...

Hooray! A trip to the beach! Lucky you! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed the pictures. :D

Susie said...

Thanks Jen-We did have a great time!

Daisy-Glad you liked my photos. I had fun trying to take these guys pictures.

Gardeness said...

Good for you! Look's like a great trip. I'm jealous as I watch temps dip into the low 30s.

Susie said...

Gardeness-It was a fun trip! Low 30's? Ouch!!!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Susie, I LOVE these photos! The pelicans, especially! Even the sand is so beautiful. What a great way to spend the day.

I live very far away from the sea so a beach trip (on vacations)is an exciting thing for me. To be there and observe wildlife like you did...now that would be heavenly!!

Susie said...

Kanak-I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures. The beach is a favorite place for me(any beach). I can sit and watch the water for hours.

Rose said...

Looks like a great trip, Susie! I'm more like your husband, but sometimes it's good to be spontaneous. Often those are the most memorable times of all.

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Susie.
Looks like a lot of fun, not to mention, very relaxing. We spent our warm days cleaning up the yard, putting down grass seed and fertilizer and cooking out! I have pics on my latest post of a couple of birds "arguing" over food. It was funny to watch them.
Take care and have a great week.
Lisa

beckie said...

Oh Susie, what fun! It looks like a perfect day to spend at such a lovely beach. And not too many people-even better. I love the pelicans too and aren't they awesome to watch when the are flying? Looking froward to your next post. :}

beckie said...

Oh Susie, what fun! It looks like a perfect day to spend at such a lovely beach. And not too many people-even better. I love the pelicans too and aren't they awesome to watch when the are flying? Looking froward to your next post. :}

Susie said...

Hi Rose-I'm finding it interesting to know how many people are more like my hubbie. I'm that way to an extent but love spontaneity too!

Hey Lisa-It is funny to watch birds arguing over food. Little do they know how entertaining they are to us.

Beckie-I love watching them fly. I wonder if they have a leader of the pack or they take turns!?!?!?

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Susie, pretty nice trip for a spur of the moment plan. So what did you pick up on the beach. That's my favorite thing;)

Loved seeing the pelicans.
Marnie

Susie said...

Hey Marnie-Truthfully we didn't find any thing worth mentioning on the beach. I do love that though! It's no wonder I always go home with a sore neck!

Bren said...

What a wonderful trip - and thank you for taking us along VIA the photos to enjoY!

Happy Spring!

Leedra said...

Spur of the moment and unplanned can be fun sometimes. You do look like you enjoyed the day. We like to go see the Pelicans at John's Pass when the fishing boats come in.

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Susie said...

Leedra-We really did enjoy ourselves. We're hopeful we'll get to go back soon.

Naturegirl said...

Susie loved the series of photos! A trip to a location very different from where I am.
I spent a few winters in Florida and loved watching the pelicans..they're so cheeky..come right up to you! Have a wonderful time!!

A. Joy said...

Wow Susie! How cool that you can just drive a short distance to white sandy beaches! I'm no stranger to the coast and live only a 3 hour drive from ours but we're on the opposite coast than where you are and our water, sand and birds are totally different in color! I enjoyed seeing your ocean and the pelicans are great!!!

Nancy said...

Oh Susie, I have not been to the beach in 2 years. We used to go about 3 times a year, but with a son in college, the funds just haven't been there for us. I hope we will get to go soon. I have really enjoyed looking at your pictures! Thanks for sharing them! Blessings to you! Nancy

sweet bay said...

I bet that warm sand felt good under your toes. :)

I love watching Brown Pelicans too. Their dives are spectacular.

Susie said...

NG-Thanks, we had a great time!

Autumn-I would love to see photos of "your" coast. I know it would be so beautiful!

Nancy-A son in college I can only imagine the costs. Maybe one day soon you'll get to go.

Sweetbay-Nothing like a sandy beach to make your toes happy!

Miss Sandy said...

Susie,
Thank you for dropping in with well wishes, I am on the mend! Oh to be at the beach! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

Ginger said...

Great blog! I love finding other Mississippi gardeners!

Susie said...

Sandy I am glad that you are feeling better. Hopefully the weather is fixing to get much better. I hope!

Hi Ginger-Thanks for the visit. I too enjoy finding bloggers in our state.

TC said...

Yes, the picture of the waterfowl is close to where I live. And I'm sorry for not answering your question in the reply I made to the others, I missed your's somehow. (Old age.)

(Hope you had a great weekend.)

George said...

Great pictures! I always enjoyed the pelicans when I lived in Little River, South Carolina. I'm glad you enjoyed the Mississippi coast.

Susie said...

TC-It was a good weekend considering all the rain we had. Of course, I'm not one to complain about that-much.

Thanks George-These guys were fun to watch!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sounds like you had a great trip, Susie. We did too--despite the weather. We saw some great waterfalls this trip--due to all of the rains. AND--we enjoyed a roaring fire in the fireplace almost the entire time.

Anxious to hear more about your trip.
Have a great week.
Hugs,
Betsy

Susie said...

Betsy-I'm so glad you got to see more water falls. We did have a good trip. I'll be glad to go again!

Deb said...

looks like you had a fun trip, love the pelicans!