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After spending three days with family and friends, it was time to see what awaited me in the Sunshine State.

Leaving Batesville about 10 AM, my plan was to drive 6 hours to Nashville where I would spend the evening with one of my daughters and 2 grandchildren!

A friend of mine had repaired my air conditioner, so it was an enjoyable ride through the hills of southern Indiana , Kentucky, and Tennessee.

A relaxing and enjoyable evening awaited me, spending time with family is always nice. The next morning, my daughter and I left the house about 7 AM, waving good-bye as I entered the interstate, she headed for work and I headed for Florida!

Kentucky and Tennessee, being in the Smokey Mountains is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, with the mountain vistas and many lakes, driving through here is always enjoyable.

The scenery changes once Atlanta is in the rearview mirror, nothing but peanuts and pecan trees. I was beginning to get anxious to finally arrive in Florida.

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Sarasota Bay

Midafternoon, my desires  were realized, I was in Florida. The scenery doesn’t change much at first, however driving further south, palm trees become more numerous and I realized that a beach would on the agenda for later that day!

Making my last stop for gas in Lake City, I would be in Sarasota in less than 3 hours.

The highway signs kept saying I was in Sarasota, however, I could see no buildings from I-75, finding my exit, I eased off the freeway and immediately found the hotel where I would be spending the evening.

Quickly registering, I wanted to see the apartment and try to find a beach before dark. It was after 7 PM, so it would be getting dark soon.

The apartments were just around the corner, the office was closed,so I could only see them from the outside, they looked nice, but would have to check back in the morning to get a better look.

Seeing a sign reading Siesta Key, I turned that way, realizing that if there is a Key, a beach can’t be too far away! Following my nose, I found Siesta Key Beach, parked and walked out to the beach just as the sun was setting. WOW, what a beach!  White Quartz sand the consistency of sugar, I would later discover this beach is one of the top ten in the world.

I think I can live here!

 

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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