Birthday Week(s)- Part 1

Wow, have I got a lot to catch y’all up on!  Ever since my retirement ceremony in July, two of my good friends (who also happen to be military retirees) decided we needed to take a warm weather vacation in January for my birthday.  We settled on a beach vacation down at Fort Meyers, FL, so I started the drive last Thursday to meet up with them for our adventure.  Little did I know that the weekend would turn into a 2000-mile, 10-day excursion around Florida!

Driftwood on the beach at Mayport, FL

I haven’t had a chance to sort through all the photos yet, so I’ll just get you started with a few pics from the first stop.  The drive to Fort Meyers is about 12 hours from my home, so I decided to break it up with an overnight stop at Mayport, FL.  I’ve been to Jacksonville before, but I had not been to Mayport, so I made a reservation at the Navy Lodge on base since it is right on the beach.  What a hidden gem!  The accommodations were basic, but very clean and spacious.  And you couldn’t beat the views.

View from my room at the Navy Lodge!
Recreation area between the Navy Lodge and the beach.

After a great night of sleep, I took a chilly stroll on the beach in the morning to catch the sunrise before heading southwest towards Fort Meyer.

Beach sunrise at Mayport
Beach sunrise at Mayport

I didn’t do much at this first stop other than walk the beach and catch some zzz’s, so that’s it for now, I’ll share more about the trip in upcoming posts- stay tuned if you’re interested 🙂

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