Okay I’m not really moving to Florida, but I want to. I mean I really really want to. We just returned from a family vacation to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and I easily could have stayed forever! But the government frowns on these sorts of things apparently so I did come back but not without a bit of kicking and screaming involved :)
For 36 years of my life I grew up in a small northern town on the coast of British Columbia right beside the ocean. I love the ocean. Then I moved to Alberta where the only bodies of water I could admire came in the form of lakes or rivers. Not quite as grand as an ocean that never ends that is for sure. So why does this girl, who let me remind you hates to travel with a passion, not just go back to visit the Pacific ocean she grew up with instead of traveling for an entire day with high levels of stress and anxiety to an ocean far far away?
Four very simple reasons that make travel headaches and customs maneuvering totally worth it.
1. Warm ocean water (who knew this was even possible?)
2. White fine powdery sand that isn’t hot to the touch (amazing!)
3. Palm trees (Canada has very few palm trees)
4. Heat (oh glorious hot hot heat and yes I really do love it!)
The northern BC coast has none of those things. Northern Alberta doesn’t so much either. So every once and awhile I just need to get out of the north for awhile, travel for 12 plus hours on two or three different airplanes, to eventually arrive at my happy place.
The minute I walked over this bridge below and caught my first glimpse of the ocean I could feel my shoulders relax and all tension disappear. So soothing to my soul it is.
The 3 bedroom house we rented (once again through VRBO.com) was awesome and perfect for the hot sunny days with a private pool in the backyard and just a short walk to the ocean. If you are looking for a great place to stay for a family holiday, I can’t recommend this place more highly (not sponsored by the way, I literally spent at least 40 hours sourcing homes out). This place was really bright and fun and my daughter thought it was so funny that the colors matched my blog ha!
Aren’t the framed retro bathing suits on the back wall awesome?
I don’t have any food pictures to share with you this time around except for all the delicious new foods I found at the local grocery store. The reason renting a house was so important to us was because we were traveling with my food allergic son (14) and needed access to a kitchen. To keep things safe for him, we ate every meal in which I won’t lie was really hard for me. One of my very favorite things to do on vacation (besides hit up every single gift shop) is to try the local restaurants and eat foods I might not normally get to otherwise. However my son didn’t have a single food reaction while on vacation (praise God!!) so it was definitely worth it to us PLUS this is the first vacation where I actually lost weight so that was a sweet added bonus to not indulging in restaurant food!!
Finally I just have to share with you who I got to meet while we were there. One of my awesome contributors, Rachel from Useful Beautiful Home, just moved to Tampa and stopped in one day with her daughter for a visit and a swim. I was so excited to finally meet her in person. She is delightful y’all and her daughter is just too sweet. Rachel and I could have talked for hours!
So sadly I guess I won’t be moving to Florida anytime soon but that won’t stop me from dreaming up ways to make it happen. Anyone want to hire me as their very own personal organizer? I promise I wouldn’t be any trouble and I’d keep your house running smoothly at all times. In return I only ask that occasionally you let me out to take a peek at the ocean and walk barefoot along the shore with the warm sun on my face. Okay? Do we have a deal?