162: Blustery sunrise

(Have a seat and watch the sun come up.)

Greetings from Lauderdale By The Sea!  I know I posted the same greeting yesterday, but that was an auto-post composed at home in the Bogs.  Today I’m posting from Florida.  Yay!

We arrived late yesterday afternoon after relatively smooth flights.  I was particularly impressed with how well the pilots handled the landing in Fort Lauderdale where there were sustained winds of 25 mph.  Good job, guys!

It was warm (near 80), sunny, and incredibly windy. After surviving two flights to get here (in spite of my body’s attempts to kill me with panic attacks), I realized it was the cab ride from the airport to our hotel that I should have worried about.  Our driver must be new at his job as well as fairly new to this country as he barely spoke English.  He didn’t seem to know where he was going.  We provided him with Mapquest directions.  Instead of just reading them and then driving, he started driving, directions in one hand, cell phone in the other.  At one point he was driving, looking at our directions, and talking on the cell phone.  He went south instead of north.  We got him turned around and finally he decided to follow the directions M was giving him.  There were a few hairy moments when the driver tried to weave in and out of some traffic, but we arrived alive.

The wind continued to bluster and blow all night, rattling doors and windows, and throwing a few of the pool chairs into the pool.  What is odd about this wind is that it’s the kind of wind I associate with storms or an approaching hurricane, but shortly after sunrise the clouds cleared out and it was sunny with a lovely clear blue sky.  It’s been blowing at about 22 mph today, with stronger gusts that just about knock you over.

I got up early to watch the sunrise, something I love doing when we’re at the beach on the east coast.  I processed the photos through Picnik, mostly so I could resize them and save them to the computer as WordPress was giving me grief when I tried to post the photos using my Flickr account.  I don’t feel like spending all day trying to figure it out.  It might have had something to do with the hack attack.  Or not.  Who knows?

Whatever the case, I can’t see them well on the laptop so I have no idea how good or bad they might be, but they give you a general idea of how lovely it was this morning.

M and I have taken a few walks on the beach since arriving here yesterday.  I forgot how difficult it is to walk the beaches here.  It’s a little like trudging through the snow, only warmer.  Even the sand near the water, which is typically hard packed on most other beaches I’ve visited, is soft and you sink in with each step.  It’s a great workout.

We went swimming (in the pool — the ocean is much too rough, with riptides, choppy water, and jellyfish galore) this morning and then spent the afternoon on a 3-hour tour of the Intracoastal Waterway (for more on the Intracoastal Waterway, see my post from last year).  We got on the Pelican Hopper, a free shuttle bus that runs around Lauderdale By The Sea, and took that to Shooters, a bar/restaurant on the Waterway where we had lunch and then hopped on a water taxi.

I would love to tell you all about it, but I’m exhausted and want to get this post published.  Hopefully I’ll find some time tomorrow.  If not, once I go through the photos at home, I’ll go back and fill in the details.

Even with the ferocious wind, it’s been a great day filled with lots of sunshine, warm temps, and fresh air.  We spent more time outdoors than in.  Meeting my outdoor commitment here will be a piece of cake.

30 Comments on “162: Blustery sunrise”

  1. anhinga says:

    Welcome to Paradise, and trust me, your sunset pictures came out beautiful. It has been raining in Central Florida all day, but we aren’t complaining. We need the rain and so do the wildfires.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Anhinga. 🙂

      I saw something on the news this morning about a wildfire in West Miami-Dade County. We had a few sprinkles here today, but nothing like they were saying is needed.

  2. k says:

    No worries, the pictures are beautiful.
    Have fun!

  3. Looks beautiful – and that sunshine is gorgeous!! I had to deal with some wicked wind gusts when I went on the cruise in November, but the nice temperatures and sunshine made up for it! Thanks so much for sharing your photos – we can all live vicariously through you!! 😉

  4. penpusherpen says:

    Have a fantastic Spring break, Robin, and the photo’s look fabulous, I hope there’s sunshine, more sunshine and … less gusty winds.. !! xPenx

  5. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time! The photos are beautiful.
    As for the cab… seems that they should all be outfitted with a GPS unit these days.

  6. Pat Bean says:

    Robin, you make me long to sit on that veranda, a cup of cream-laced coffee in hand, and watch your beautiful sunrise. And later to stare contently as your foaming waves roll into shore. Thanks so much for sharing your day. Pat

  7. SWK says:

    Those waves look absolutely lovely. Makes me wish I was on vacation too.

  8. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Beautiful — have a wonderful trip! I wish we could send some of this rain down there. Everyone’s yard is flooded, and the creeks look like rivers.

  9. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Although I wouldn’t want your trip to be a rainy one!

    • Robin says:

      I knew what you meant, BATR. We’ve had too much water at home too, and they really could use the rain down here. Not that I want it to rain. But it’s hard to be cranky about it when it does.

      Thank you. 🙂

  10. When we were in Miami last month there were also LOTS of jelly fish.

    But the photos are great! So glad you did indeed arrive alive. There’s something to be said for that!

    Enjoy the beach!

  11. Marianne says:

    Robin, thank you so much for the beautiful photos from the sunny and warm south. The view from the porch does indeed look inviting.

    Have a wonderful time!

  12. milkayphoto says:

    May I join you on that lovely veranda for a cuppa tea and a sunrise?? Your view looks MUCH nicer than ours here in the cold Northeast (tho, we did hit 50 degrees today – felt much chillier with the wind – which got us out for a long walk to the beach!)

  13. Bo Mackison says:

    Isn’t the sunny weather grand? Never mind the wind, and the crazy travel, it is so worth it to see that gorgeous sun in the sky, and feel its summery warmth. Have a great time at the beach!

  14. Barbara Rodgers says:

    The sunrise on the beach looks breathtaking! What a treat! That and a nice long walk on the beach – it sounds wonderful! Glad you survived your taxi ride…

  15. Kathy says:

    So you are in Fort Launderdale! I couldn’t wait to get over to your blog to see where in Florida you were vacationing. I hope you are having a marvelous time. You are certainly taking wonderful photos!

    • Kathy says:

      I mean Fort Lauderdale. Not Launderdale, lol!

      • Robin says:

        This cracked me up, Kathy. Every time I go to type out Lauderdale, I add the n that doesn’t belong and keep coming up with Launderdale, as if I have laundry on the brain. lol!

        We are, indeed, having a marvelous time. Thank you. 🙂

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