Two. Two days of pure ecstasy. I packed my bag, threw on my shades, plopped into the front seat of my car and drove off into the distance, enveloped by a palette of orange hues in the sky. The clouds formed transient animal silhouettes that seemed to ridicule my intentions of the journey. Where was I going? The beautiful Pensacola Beach : Home to romantic getaways and clear waters.
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Okay, I may have stretched the truth a little. First off, I am not about that life of impromptu escapes from reality. Secondly, I went on a well-planned trip to Florida with my family, consisting of my parents and younger sister. Last weekend we drove 8 hours from Houston to Pensacola Beach just to cleanse our souls from worldly stress and the distractions of technology. During this trip, we lived by the motto “Just close your eyes and relax. Focus on the beauty that the world offers.” For two days I put aside my cell phone, forgot about social media, and picked up a tool that allows me to freeze specific moments in life, my camera.
On the first day, I went to check out the beach with my family. Oh how wonderful the scenery was. Never before have I seen such clear ocean water. The tides rose and fell so elegantly that I wished to immerse myself in them and discover the places it would take me. I almost forgot that I deeply fear large bodies of water. The mere thought of a world existing beneath the surface of water whose mysteries I am unaware of, mortifies me.
The skies so ethereal as if the heavens are opening up to claim our souls
The sand was a soft, pristine white, untouched from the wrath of pollution that seems to have diminished the beauty of nature back home. Myriad seashells lay by the shore— all unique in shape, form, and size. Just like humans. My sister and I hunted down pretty sea shells and ended up collecting a few dead sand dollars along the way. We freshened up and tried the Hemingway’s Island Grill. The lobster bisque was to die for; I slept like a swaddled baby that night.
Shells glimmering beneath the water
Day two started with us waking up for a healthy breakfast buffet in the hotel lobby, after which we were all energized to check out the pier and explore the town. Most of the visitors on the pier came equipped with fishing gear to catch the fish we had been raving about last night. Fishing has been on my parents’ bucket list for a while so we were disappointed that we lacked the training and time to complete the task. Consequently, we resorted to experiencing fishing vicariously by talking to some of the visitors and observing them practice their skill. We ended the night with a mouth watering meal at Flounders Chowder House, and a good night’s sleep for the journey in the morning. All in all, it was a cathartic and much needed weekend getaway. A great way to kick off the new year!
The sea swallows anything it deems trivial
I don’t know why but I just find this so artistic.