My son is off school for winter break. We packed up our travel trailer and went to Florida.
We stayed at a state park near Hobe Sound, Fl. It is right beside Jupiter, Fl.
It cooled off when we were down there at first. It was 60 in the daytime. A little cold for the beach. We took our bikes and there were wonderful bike paths to ride on.
We went to the beach. The beach is kind of steep and the wind was blowing so the waves were a little rough. It did warm up the day before Christmas. It got in the 80’s. We went to the beach but there was 2 flags up. A red one, which means strong wind and a purple one, which means danger creatures. I asked the life guard about that. He said “Do not go into the water because there are Portuguese Man o’ War, all over the beach and the water.
They look like plastic bubbles, they are a really pretty color. If you step on them, they can sting you really bad too.
There were some people swimming in the water. These two guys came up to use their body boards. One had fins, the other one didn’t. Just as they were about to go into the water, the life guard blew his whistle. He yelled, “NO FINS, NO BOARDING!” So the guy ran over to the life guard and talked to him. The life guard loaned the guy a pair of fins. The guy goes over to the water and sits down and puts on one fin. Then a wave washed over him and he dropped the other fin. The wave took off with the fin. The guy was trying to get the fin but he could not see it. The life guard ran over and jumped in the water and got his fin that was floating off. He walked over to the guy who lost it. He demanded his other fin back and walked over to us. We were sitting there watching the whole thing. The life guard was nice looking, all tan and fit. He looked like he should have been on the TV show Baywatch. He said “I never loan out my fins, but I felt sorry for the guy, and then he almost lost them. I will never loan them out again.” We look out and the one with fins in floundering, holding on to his body board. He was right in front of a bunch of people that were fishing. “I just hope I don’t have to go save that idiot.” the life guard said. He said that a lot of people get in trouble body boarding. He said so many children drown on them because they fall off and get sucked under or out to sea.
Then he went back to his station, blowing his whistle at people. I could not hear what he was yelling at them about. Then the guy with the body board and no fins walked by. He told us his brother was out there with the body board. It was his first time and he had not clue on what to do on it. He was way to far out to surf the waves that were coming in.
We said “Just walk down the beach until he could not see the life guard and do whatever he wanted to do. He went over and sat down on his body board a long time, watching his brother hang onto his body board and kick his feet in the water. He finally came out of the water and they walked down the beach, till we no longer saw them.
I have more pictures, but it is time to go to bed. I will post more tomorrow. Hope you had a great Christmas.