Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Postcards from the Road ~ Sketchy Tale of Destin

After two days on the road, with some major traffic delays, the retirees arrived at the first destination spot on the Spring Tour of 2012—beautiful Destin, Florida. Diesel is such a big help with the driving (wink, wink).

A little history, if you have a minute.

My first trip to Destin was in 1979, when my twin sister and I drove over in my white Corvette (a stunning combination, don’t you just know ... wink, wink) and spent a week enjoying our freedom.

I don’t know why we didn’t take many pictures (we carried a Polaroid with us and everything), but we didn’t. This is the only picture I have of me on the trip, and what big hair I am sporting. I don't have a single shot of twin sis. What up with that?

But back to my story. I fell instantly in love with Destin, even though there was hardly anything or anybody there in 1979. The Holiday Inn (seen here) was the tallest hotel in town, and almost the only hotel in town. Destin was still an undiscovered jewel.

After marriage in 1980, The Man and I continued the tradition of coming to Destin, and even though it’s packed to the brim with commercialism and tourists these days, the magnificent beaches remain the same, year after year.

Last evening, we almost missed the sunset, but managed to catch the final glorious rays.
We turned around and there was the moon, in all its splendor.
This morning, we enjoyed some quiet time here, drinking in the view, and considering the wondrous works of God. (That's The Man in the chair, wearing a baseball cap, but of course.)
I’m not an artist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I decided to bring along a sketch pad on this trip, just for fun. While The Man sat, I found a place on the dunes and sketched. It looks pretty rough (no, I mean it really does), but I had fun.

Until next time, sweet friends, press on!

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Joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style


34 comments:

  1. Thrilled to be tagging along with you guys! Can I have a turn in the drivers seat Diesel?

    Love the sketch! Keep them coming!

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    1. Lorraine, he is a mess. The minute his paw-paw leaves to fill up with fuel, he hops into the driver's seat and will not move. :)

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  2. Love the big hair really looks cute.

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    1. Wow! What a place to call home. We just love it here, too. It's one of those places you just have to go; photos do not do it justice.

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  4. Sounds like you two have started off on a good foot.
    Diesel is as cute as him name!
    Keeping sending those post cards.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. So far, so good. Pulling out tomorrow, Lord willing, heading further south.

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  5. What a beautiful beach and nice memories make it even more special! I've always imagined myself sketching on the beach...or in Italy! One of these days I'll try! Your sketch is lovely! ♥ Enjoy your trip! Hope you take lots of photos along the way! ♥

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  6. Beautiful pics; gorgeous sketch, Dale!

    S
    xo

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  7. What a lovely trip you've planned - I'll follow with interest and just a jot of envy!

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  8. Love the sugary beaches of Destin. We had a picture of us together there once upon a time. Don't know what happened to it. Keep sketching!

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    1. Sure wish one of us could find that photo, unless we were misbehaving. As if! ;)

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  9. One of our favorite times while living in our RV was going to the Gulf in winter. Our little dog loved digging in the sand. Thanks for sharing that beautiful white sand with us.

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    1. We hope to take Diesel at some point. No dogs allowed on a lot of beaches in this area.

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  10. This pix of Diesel just cracked me up, Dayle!
    Funny, you mentioned gazing at the moon ... and I had to reflect on doing the same thing last evening, waaaaay over here in Phoenix. Moments like this give me(sweet) pause, realizing we're all in this together!

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    1. The fact that we all see the same moon has always fascinated me. Amazing to think about, and comforting.

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  11. Oooooo, loved your beach shots, especially the one with the moon. Sooo pretty, Dayle. I'm so happy you are doing this trip! Have FUN! Susan

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  12. What a sweet and fun life you are living! I love your little sketch.

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  13. love the sketch! Wish I could draw that well. {and the dog's a cutie also!} ;)

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  14. Hi Dayle, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafting-we-will-go.html

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  15. I recently heard someone refer to the panhandle as the Redneck Rivera but the commercials here call it the Emerald Coast.

    Either sounds fun to me.

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    1. That's funny. I think the Emerald Coast is a winner, for sure.

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  16. Dayle, looks soooo familiar! We stay at Seascape across the road from Whale's Tail Restaurant. Already have it on the calendar for this summer - I love your sketch. Art Journaling is starting to really interest me, to use along with my daily devotional. Have a great time!

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  17. Destin is on our bucket list ... we've visited a good bit of the Florida panhandle coast ... love the beaches there ... but then, we love beaches just about everywhere! ;-)

    My DH and I are baseball lovers, specifically the Cardinals. In fact, we give them credit for our love story ... and when we first married, we vowed that we'd go see the Cardinals play on the road in every stadium (at that time, there was no interleague play, so that meant that we'd travel to every National League stadium). Unfortunately life got into the way, and now that we're retired and in a position to do just that, we've fallen in love with the beach ... so visiting any National League cities that aren't on the beach are no longer the high priority that they used to be. But I think that now that I'm following your blog, that desire may be rekindled! ;-)

    I'm so glad that I found your blog - and am your newest follower. Blessings to you!

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    1. Great to be following your blog, too, Kathy. There's nothing better than baseball in the summer. Even though we are true Astro fans, being from Houston, the Cardinals are our next favorite team and we enjoy cheering them on every chance we get. We've been blessed to visit almost every Major League ballpark, with just a few left on the list. It's been fun and especially meaningful to my husband.

      As for beaches, I'm a beach bum at heart.

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