Friday, September 9, 2011

Seagulls Love String Cheese... and Siesta Key

Just yesterday we visited Siesta Key, Florida for the day. We are slowly realizing that just because we live in Florida doesn't mean that we get to visit the beach every weekend. Or any weekend for that matter. My husband and I rarely have a weekend off together, so we jump at the chance to do something fun on a day off together. This week it happened to be a Thursday, which is actually great since the beaches are less busy on week days. I really hope that the beaches here don't become one of those things we take for granted, because they are far too gorgeous to go unnoticed. We had a wonderful time at Siesta Key this week.

You won't find softer white sand much better than at Siesta Key! The sand feels incredibly inviting under your feet, and the gorgeous views of sparkling blue waters don't hurt either. Did I mention that Siesta Beach has free parking? So far, Siesta Key has the only beaches I know of with free parking. (Minus the parking at Honeymoon Island, but there is a park entrance fee so they cancel each other out there.) Free is always good in my book. Since we spent money on gas driving to Siesta Key, the free parking was more than welcome. If you're looking for a picture-perfect Florida beach, then you have made a great choice if you visit Siesta Key!

We had cloudy weather for our afternoon at the beach, but it was a welcome interruption to the extremely hot and sunny days we've been having for months now. It felt almost like the temperatures dropped into the 80s for the day. At first, the water at Siesta Beach almost felt cool to our skin. We may be turning into wimps after living in Florida for only 3 months. I guess everything is relative. Eighty degree temperatures do start feeling chilly though once 90 degrees and hotter becomes the norm. Hopefully we don't freeze our butts off this weather once the temperatures drop into the 60s! We will have earned it after this hot and humid summer.

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In order to save money and make our day at the beach affordable, we packed a cooler full of sandwiches, water, and snacks. We typically try and take food with us on our beach days, and this trip was no exception. Our late lunch/dinner consisted of turkey sandwiches, chips, granola bars, and string cheese. Did you know that seagulls love string cheese? At least it seemed that way, because they mostly left us alone until I opened my string cheese and was immediately swarmed by seagulls. No joke. They must love string cheese almost as much as I do. Not that I would swarm someone with string cheese, but it's almost like that. Maybe next time we'll leave the string cheese at home. Or I may end up fighting a seagull over some cheese. Could be interesting.

Did I seriously call that one seagull in the video pretty? I must have ate too much string cheese or something. Gosh. Some people call them rats with wings, but I don't think they're so bad unless they try and eat my cheese, then we have a problem. I admit that I did sneak a few crumbs of my sandwich crust to one seagull that was missing a foot. I felt sorry for it. If you were missing one foot, I'd sneak you some food at the beach too. I know you shouldn't feed the birds, but once in a while you just have to break the rules.

I will never ever tire of collecting shells and other sea creatures. Lately I've had my cross hairs set on finding the elusive sand dollar, but all I found this time were a bunch of crushed pieces. All of the pieces combined could have made a whole sand dollar though. I hope to find a whole one soon. Something about the sand dollar seems so special and interesting. Until then, I will be hoarding my fair share of conch shells and lightning whelks.

Our day at Siesta Key ended with a lovely sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. This beach is definitely on our list of favorites, so we will go back again. Next time you visit the beach, do beware of seagulls when opening your string cheese.


  1. It looks like you guys had an amazing time! The beaches are the main thing that we miss most about living in Florida. I wish we had visited them more before we moved across the country. But thankfully, we're able to visit home quite often :)

  2. Glad you got to enjoy some time together! I am so so SO afraid of seagulls!

  3. That's so weird that the seagulls were interested in the cheese! Cool to hear your voice on a vlog. I was just discussing that fact that I haven't done a vlog with someone the other day.
    I know what you mean about weekends off being few and far between with a pilot husband. We have one coming up and booked a cabin in the mountains.

  4. OOOOOO! You make me miss Siesta Key!!! My family and I use to vacation there over the summer or Fall break...then we all grew up and got busy. Isn't the sand just amazing?!?! Love that quaint lil place. And out for them...they will steal your lunch when your not looking! lol. Love the pictures. You have to go super early in the morning to find whole sand dollars :)

  5. OHHH how I wish I lived closer to the beach. Moving to Arizona will put us a 6 hour drive from San Diego... but the water is way cold on that side of the Country.

    I think I need a tropical vacation. And I will keep the seagulls in mind when opening my string cheese :-)

  6. Silly seagull, no cheese for you! Love this post, I forgot all about Siesta Key beach, it's been years and years since I had visited it on a trip to Florida, and I remember it just the same as you described! Beautiful!

  7. I've never been down to Siesta Key, but it looks lovely.

    Anna Maria is another super great beach, with free parking. You are correct about the parking around here. You have to pay everywhere - so annoying.

    If you want to find some sand dollars check out Anclote Key. It's only accessible by boat. They have a ferry there that will take you to the Island. We take the boat over and we have found tons of sand dollars there. You have to shuffle your feet around in the sand, or your hands to find them, but they are definitely there.

  8. Oh it looks gorgeous! I wish that I could visit the beach...! I can't remember the last time I have! Maybe a few years ago? Wow I need to change that! And funny about string cheese! I eat that like everyday! Sounds like a fun day!


  9. New follower! Me and my husband just moved to the beaches too! We are also beginning to realize we don't get to go to the beach all the time :( we have things to get done!!

  10. Hi Ashley! I'll let you in on a little secret I'm pretty scared of seagulls, all thanks to my sisters. So it's safe to say I'll leave my string cheese @ home next time I go to the beach haha. I can't believe you've already been there three time sure does fly!

    Have a great rest of the week :)

    xx libby

  11. OHHH! Nice pictures!! We live pretty close to the beach and we take it for granted for sure... But I want to try to go more.. you're right..beaches are too beautiful to pass up!

    Janette the Jongleur