We returned Saturday from our annual summer vacation in beautiful Seagrove Beach, Florida, where we've been vacationing for close to twenty years. As you can see, we had beautiful weather the whole week, and we spent most of it right there on the beach where this photograph was taken.
In the past, the realty company we rent through allowed renters to check in early if the unit was ready, but they are converting over to keyless entry. It is nice not to have to keep up with a key at the beach or the pool, but now you can't check into your unit until 4:00 p.m. central time (5:00 p.m. eastern time) because that's when your entry code becomes operative. We arrived around 2:00 p.m. local time, so we just enjoyed the pool for a couple of hours.
Although we've stayed at other places over the years, we always come back to good ol' Beachwood Villas, shown here. It reminds me of Londontown Apartments, where I lived during college and law school, albeit Beachwood's units are better furnished and less cluttered than my old apartment at Londontown. Mom and my sisters rent a condo at Beachside Condominiums, which is across the street from Beachwood and on the beach. We just lug our beach gear over there for the week.
Behold our new canopy we bought for the beach (and for camping and such back here in Tennessee). For years we rented an umbrella and two chairs from local vendors for $75.00 per week, but over the past several years noticed more and more canopies cropping up. Then they went up to $85.00 per week, and more canopies started showing up on the beach. That prompted our family to join the movement, especially since the canopy was $50.00, and we have plenty of collapsible camping chairs. This year the chair and umbrella rentals were up to $25.00 per day, or $175.00 per week.
As usual, we did a lot of cooking on this trip, and we enlisted the help of the children, who all three did a good job of stepping up to help keep us in food for the week. Jake and Joey fried a batch of chicken for us.