On Saturday, Harbor, Jaclyn and I decided to take a day trip to St. Marks (a salt marsh on the Gulf Coast) so I could show them the lighthouse and beautiful Florida wildlife. So we packed up a picnic lunch and drove to the coast.
I think I've mentioned this previously, but one of the things I love most about Harbor is his love for Florida and just how much I've been able to learn about this southern state through dating him. Weather patterns, geography, Florida history, and the overall ecology of the state are "his thing," so it's not unusual to hear a little tidbit or fact about the place we're in and why it's so unique to where we live. Needless to say, he was really pumped to be on the gulf again and enjoy the outdoors with my sister and me.
One of the greatest things about making the drive from Tallahassee to the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge is watching the land change outside your window, transitioning from dense forest to wetlands in a matter of minutes as you near the coast. I love feeling the sun on my cheeks and exploring the pretty lighthouse on the Gulf of Mexico. We weren't able to go up and explore this time, but I've been able to before and the view is amazing. Still, it was fun to go and snap a few photos together.
I can't wait until we can go and visit during a time when lighthouse tours are available. If we go, I'll be sure to bring my camera along and share photos from our trip.