A Day on the Sound

August 27, 2015


Leslie Anne Tarabella - Santa Rosa Sound, Mary Esther, FLI needed to pick something up from my parent’s house in Fort Walton Beach, so we hopped in the car and drove over for a quick visit, which wouldn’t be complete without checking the crab trap.  Mother and Daddy actually live in Mary Esther, which is just west of FWB, on Santa Rosa Sound.

Leslie Anne TarabellaThere was only one little crab, so he got to go back in the water.

Leslie Anne TarabellaThis is my Dad who lives in the perfect spot because he loves to fish. My Mom made us a delicious lunch and we all enjoyed the unusually cool day in August. The humidity has disappeared for a few days and temperatures have dropped to the mid 80’s. Crazy freezing cold for an August day on the Gulf Coast! I needed a jacket! Ha!


Leslie Anne TarabellaThe water in Santa Rosa Sound is so clear and I was wishing we had brought our swimsuits. Here’s my new homeschooler, who was able to get some of his school work done in the car on the hour and a half drive over, enjoy a day with his grandparents, get in a little “marine biology education,” and then finished his daily work when we got home.


Leslie Anne TarabellaThe hermit crab was happy to serve as a prop for a photo (that’s all camera equipment in the backpack), and my son was beside himself happy thinking how he could have been sitting inside a (mostly windowless) classroom back in Fairhope. We’ve started almost all of his classes, and he’ll add an Italian class after Labor Day. So far, his favorite course is Anatomy and Physiology which is an on-line, self-paced class through the Georgia Department of Education.


Mary Esther, FL, — Leslie Anne TarabellaThis is a neighbor’s house, which if I remember correctly, is somewhere close to 80 years old. It is probably the most gorgeous and charming coastal cottage I’ve ever seen, and the owners have told me I could share it with you sometime. Last year, I tried to take a few photos, but would you believe it . . . it was so hot my camera lens fogged up!!! AAggghhh!


Santa Rosa Sound - Leslie Anne TarabellaThe Sound has a smaller beach area than the Gulf of Mexico which is just on the other side of Santa Rosa Island and serves as a barrier island, protecting this beach from major storms.


Leslie Anne Tarabella - Antique dollAnd here’s a sneak peek inside one of the three boxes I had to pick up. Too fragile and precious to mail. In a week or two, I’ll show you what’s up with this pearl laden lady.

Hope you have a nice, cool, humid-free August day wherever you are!


To read my previous story on Santa Rosa Sound, click HERE.


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