Today was the quintessential Florida vacation day. We woke up early, ready to head to our “complementary breakfast”, which of course turned out to be a total scam. One looked at the line of people piled outside the “VIP launch” waiting to be transported to the country club and the six of us knew that it was not what we wanted to do. As we entered the waiting room, piles of chairs and our past experiences with this resort made us realize that they were not going to give us a complementary breakfast. We decided to take off and requested our “breakfast security deposit” from the woman in charge, who took one look at Jaxon and said “No!”, I was angry, but will vent in a forthcoming resort review.
Well, moving on to our excellent day. Within a couple of moments of seeing the scene over at the Visitor Center, we took off. Ben and Jessie drove to their hotel shortly after and the four of us got ready to head to Juno Beach, 1 hour and 15 min away, home to the coolest and only dog-friendly beach in South Florida. As soon as we set our bags down on the sand and looked at the waves, we knew we had to gather our savings and rent a surf board.
Hours of trading the board followed, as the four of us tried to get some waves. The notable surfing award of the day, go to Jaxon who was able to stand up more than 4 times, learned to paddle board and introduced us to Mike, an awesome surfer fire fighter who continued to teach us surfing tips and tricks throughout the day. Jena, was able to stand up twice and even managed to surf all the way to the beach. Morgan, almost stood up a number of times and spent countless hours surfing on his knees. I was not able to stand up once, I was close to it a number of times but too often my arms would give up – more swimming is in my future.
Hank, who is now in sand-bag mode (exhausted), made numerous friends and was able to run without a leash most of the day. He tried only once to get into the water and got to chew on a Great Dane.
Tomorrow we will wake up early and take off, trying to use our 24 hours of board rental to it’s fullest.