Almost Upon Us
Kids live for this time of year. They
get up early from August until May and spend their days hacking
through class work which at times can be a drudge. Then in the middle
of May school is
out and everyone scatters like marbles on a hardwood floor.
I asked a bunch of kids what they looked forward to most and without
fail they said "I will get to sleep late!!!"
I too love summer but for much different reasons. I really don't
like cold weather much because the older I get the more I find that
it makes my joints hurt. But you can do more in Alabama in the summer.
You can swim, water ski, you can fly fish, you can go to the beach.....man
do I love the beach. When I was just out of high school I was working
a night job in Pinson and going to Jeff State during the day and
that first summer I went to Panama City on vacation. The Miracle
Strip. Was that a great place or what. Jilda's family had been going
down there for years and they always stayed at Quinn's Cottages
Laguna Beach which was west of the strip. I met her down there that
summer and we hung out at the Carousel and the Sea Horse which were
hang outs for all the kids. The gulf in June is like bath water
and as green as emeralds.
For years it was called the Redneck Riviera,
but you know what???? there sure are a lot of yankees there now.
So many in fact that all the small low rent cottages and teen hang
outs have been sold to hugh investment companies for condo that
reach to the sky. The last time I went through Laguna Beach I didn't
This summer, Jilda and I plan to take a quick trip to the beach
at Blue Mountain which is near Seaside. But we also plan to go to
North Carolina for a short visit. Jilda will go to a Yoga retreat
and I plan to do a little fly fishing up around Boone, North Carolina.
I hear the fishing is great. I know the streams are nice because
we visited our friend Tommy Wilson who is a newspaper publisher
in that area. We spent several days hiking, picnicking and taking
pictures. It's a beautiful place.
I hope you all have a great summer and do something that's fun