Soaking Up the Sun at Anastasia State Park Beach

If you’ve been suffering through the winter — especially those of us on the US east coast — then you’ve likely been harbouring a few fantasies of escaping to the tropics. You’re not alone. Lucky for me, I did manage to soak up some sun on the beach, before winter hit us full force in Atlanta.

As an island-girl, there really is nothing as soothing as the sound of waves crashing against the shore. I suppose Winston was thinking roundabout the same thing, as he was fast asleep in 30 seconds.

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But there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to savour the beach life, if even just for an hour or two. Sleep could wait. And unfortunately, it would have to wait for him, as well.

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My friends often joke that I never sleep. But closer to the truth is that I don’t let other people sleep in peace. Vice or superpower? 🤔 Who knows really knows? — but it took me about ten minutes of annoying the hell out of Winston before he finally got the idea.

The Seashells

Whenever I visit a beach for the first time, I always leave with at least one rock, and then several seashells. I have so many now that I’ve forgotten which ones came from Jamaica, and which ones are from America. To further complicate matters, Winston and I collected so many that we’re still trying to divide the spoils.

The Sand Dunes

I didn’t do much exploring of the sand dunes, but I did manage to get a few shots of them, and the boardwalk that weaved through the sandy hills. I might have tried to climb them had Winston not told me ruining the sand dunes brought jail time. I stayed clear of them, after that! 😅

The Swimming

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For all the sunshine and clear blue skies, the water was way too cold for swimming, but I went in for a quick dip, anyway. It was even colder than San Diego, which was surprising. I didn’t think anything could beat the cold of the Pacific blues.

It was books and music after that, but alas, it would not last. Sooner or later, we had to leave the ocean behind and head back to Amelia Island. It wasn’t the last I would see of the beach in Florida, though — not with Blackrock Beach and several others, a stone’s throw away.

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Though I visited Florida way too late to include Blackrock Beach on my list of best 2017 hikes, it was without a doubt one of the best “trails” I had the pleasure of getting lost on. It’s also the only hiking trail I’ve ever blogged about that will take three posts to detail. More on that next week!

Did you manage to escape any of the winter cold this year? We had snow twice in Atlanta, which is probably a record. I’m pretty glad I have some warm December days to reminisce on, while I wait for the spring.

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28 thoughts on “Soaking Up the Sun at Anastasia State Park Beach

  1. We always bring rocks back from our trips, too. The customs official on the Canadian border had trouble understanding that they were just rocks. I think he thought we were nuts. But of course we are!

      1. Yes, probably. Once going through Customs we were in a long line so I opened the back to move our purchases up where they were more easily reachable. When I got to the front of the line, a policeman asked me what I was doing in the back of the van! I guess we just look like suspicious old white people. Racial profiling!

      2. Lol. That makes perfect sense. I was hoping to make it to Canada this year, but doesn’t look like it will happen with these immigration policies. Maybe Alaska!

      1. Haha, I’m not going to comment on the boys vs. girls thing.

        Winter will always have a special place in my heart. The beauty of a snow-covered landscape is simply beyond compare, as long as you’re dressed properly.

      2. Hahahaha, because you know it’s true! 😂 Girls pack too much and never want to have real adventures. I do know a few guys who aren’t any better though. I’m a bit of a tom boy myself, and I have no female friends in Atlanta. Not one.

        Winter is terrible. I prefer the fall and spring.

  2. I’m jealous. It’s supposed to be freezing cold and rainy here tomorrow night. I might not be able to get to work sunday (which wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all)

  3. Anastasia SP is a great place to visit. You can camp, fish, surf, or just chill out at the beach like y’all did. If you head further south, you could visit “The Rocks” across from Washington Oaks State Park. That’s a rather unusual area here on our east coast.

    1. Hahahahaha, hey, I’m suffering too. Just thought I’d brighten up your day a bit, transport you for a few minutes to the tropics. I might head down there again in a few weeks. We’ll see!

  4. Escape the winter cold? Well here in Socal we really haven’t had “winter” as our temps have been in the hi 70s to the lo 90s so far. It would be nice to have a bit of cooler times just for a change. 🙂

    1. Ah, you’re so lucky! We’ve really been suffering through the winter in the east. The New Englanders especially seemed to have caught a raw deal this year.

      1. Haha, I don’t even have AC in my apartment. I have a fan window unit, but I may change that this summer. If the winter was so brutal, I know summer is gonna slap us in the face this year too.

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