These are the days that I live for on this trip… here is where we studied today! That was my view! Palm trees rustling in the wind! The campground itself doesn’t have wifi, and we didn’t feel like driving the 20 miles into Port St Joe for the library again today, so we went near the closed concession stand, moved a picnic table out of the wind, and did school on their wifi. (It’s for everyone, always crowded.) Eliza and Nate worked in the car, then they’d come out, then back to the little car they’d go. I had to be outside, even if it was windy and cold. (Did you know that you can’t touch your phone and get it to work with gloves on?!) So I studied for my real estate exam here; rough life.
Then Nate and I went for a walk down the bay beach. It’s only about a mile long, but is a crescent shaped little piece of paradise. The water is so clear you can see every hermit crab going in and out of his shell, all the scallop shells that I need to collect, and tiny fish trying to hide in the brown grass. We were throwing rocks and once again, I have to admit that Nate beat me. He can throw about twice as far as me now, wow! We found a huge dead turtle that looked like he’d been there awhile. (I talked to the ranger later and he said it probably died from swallowing plastic bags.) Nate tried to pry the back off so we could see inside, but it was too tight. We found tons of cannonball jellyfish and dropped a shell on one to see if it would respond. It didn’t.
Then we’re walking along on our way back to Eliza and Nate says, “oh, look, there’s an octopus”. We couldn’t believe it! He was just the most rich color brown, gliding along next to us, about 10 feet out. Then he’d stop and spread out. Nate kept walking, and he’d follow. We tried to see if he was following Nate’s shadow, but he didn’t do it every time.
I asked Nate to run back to the car and get Eliza so she could see it, and then I yelled to an older couple that were in the parking lot to come see, too. They were from Canada and were just as excited as we were. We’ve never seen an octopus in the wild! Only in aquariums and movies. This was much better.
So he swam along side as we walked, then we’d stop, and he would, too. I yelled to another family that was down the beach, and then waited for them to catch up to see it. They were from Israel and the son just kept saying “a real one, a real one” as I walked away smiling.
I LOVE days on the road like this. To explore with my family and be outside. I do not care one whit for fancy clothes, cars or houses – this I care about. I am so glad we made all the sacrifices we did for this trip. It’s worth it for days like today.