I woke up on my birthday with a hangover of the very best kind. The kind that is induced by staying up until 4:00 a.m. creating and creating and not even being tired, but finally just making yourself go to bed, so you're not a complete wreck the next day.
Although the forecast predicted stormy weather, I got up early-ish and headed to the beach with my daughter. We made a plan to go to all of the cute little shops that we never go to because when we go to the beach...we are at the beach! Also, rain or shine, as long as my feet can touch the sand and water, I'm happy!
My favorite part of New Smyrna Beach is the historic district over on Canal Street. We visited The Hub, an awesome place filled with art and artist's studios. Without even realizing it, we wandered for almost 2 hours checking everything out. Whereever our eyes landed, there was something cool to look at. We noticed that the farmer's market was happening down the street, so we took a little walk to see the local wares. We ended up purchasing some yummy saw palmetto honey and then headed to the beach. The water was surprisingly warm and calm, and the beach was crowded. We waded up to our knees and walked for a little bit and made the vow to never, ever come to the beach again without our swimsuits! Duh!
We ate lunch at our favorite burger joint, The Breakers, overlooking the sand and sea. We visited a few more shops in search of an outdoor birthday flag, which we never found. Then we decided to head to The Little Drug Company, a little drug store straight out of the 1920s, complete with a soda fountain and diner. Much to our disappointment, when we arrived, we saw a sign noting that the "Fountain is Closed", so we had to go to plan B...Frozen Gold, an ice cream stand that has been around for as long as I can remember.
On the way, we happened upon a yard sale, so we had to stop. Not much there for us, but it was interesting to find out that the lady running it was also a teacher at the Funky Trunk. Sandra makes handmade journals and also creates treasure boxes out of old jewelry boxes. Funny how you meet the people you meet. I did spy an antique occasional table with swirled legs that I got for $10 with a plan to paint a mermaid on it! Score!
We finally made it to Frozen Gold and we sat side by side, enjoying our day and the fast-melting ice cream dripping down our hands.
Sometimes it's nice to just head out without a plan, without a time limit, and just explore, wander, and adventure (yes, I use that word as a verb.) A lovely way to celebrate my birthday.