Sunday, February 7, 2016

Freezing in Florida

I was not wrong about the red tide.  Yesterday we stopped at a park near the Gulf and lots of people were coughing.  There was an "airing of the quilts" event going on so we did spend some time looking at that before heading off for Shamrock Park and a long walk.  We played some games--something I am terrible at.  We went out to eat at funky Snook Haven--ribs.  The rain held off at least while we had our walk and did not interfere with the indoor activities.  Then we were on to a concert, a tribute of Pete Seeger.

We tried a walk on the beach this morning but it was far too cold and windy.  The beach was littered with dead fish.  And the red tide was causing respiratory distress.  We took a long walk of the Venetian Waterway instead then went to see the birds nesting at the Venice Rookery.






Bundled up and wind blown.











Concentration


We had a wonderfully fresh fish dinner at Captain Eddie's and later shared a glass of wine while watching Downton Abbey.

I do wish it would warm up--or at least have the wind die down so we could do some biking.  Still, it is nice to have company.

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  1. What is a red tide? It doesn't sound very pleasant.

    Have fun with your company and I hope it warms up soon!

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    1. It is an algae bloom. Usually follows bad weather, so thank-you El Nino!

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  2. You already knew about the red tide but went again anyway. Hope your fish dinner didn't come from any of those washed up on the beach. LOL

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  3. You both look very happy, so that's the main thing.

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  4. Yes you were right about the red tide. I looked it up after your last post and there were several articles about its arrival.

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  5. That's a shame, the red tide.
    You're so funny, out in the 'cold!' I walked on the frozen wetland again today!

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  6. My brother is griping about the wind and biking also. Florida is a bit of a challenge this year but you are making the best of the situation. Well done.

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  7. Well, there's Florida freezing, and then there's Northeast freezing. I'm back north where later in the week the high temp. is predicted at 18 degrees!

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  8. I am wondering what is cold in Florida?
    We are having a warm spell, temps up to 60 in the afternoon for a few days. It's nice to have blue sky.

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    1. Um, we are having a cold spell, temperatures in the 60's. It's all a matter of perspective.

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  9. I remember being there for a conference during red tide and could not go near the beach due to respiratory distress. These algae are really toxic and I am surprised how people just ignore that.

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  10. I'm sorry your trip didn't go as you had hoped, but you made some memories with a friend anyway. That is a good thing. I had never heard of the dangers of a red tide when people have respiratory distress. I guess that is because I am a mountain girl and have not spent a lot of time at the beach. You look marvelous. Enjoy your time with your friend.

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  11. We are having the craziest weather on this coast. Last Tuesday it was 37 at night and I had to scrape the frost off the windshield. This week it is 70 at night and 91 during the day! What will next week bring?!

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  12. Red tide? That sounds disturbing though it might be pretty to look at. Scary about the fish though.

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