The Good! The Bad & The Ugly (But it’s all Good) A Recap Of The Great Cape (San Blas) Escape 2018

Many of my friends have asked where my blogs are.  Well, part of my New Years’ Resolution was to spend a little less time viewing life behind my lens but rather relaxing after an amazing, but busy last year.

Be be careful what you wish for Peeps…it’s this is a long ‘un!

Where has the time gone?  As we travel back home to our family and friends, I look back with bittersweet memories of the past two months.

The Good.  The Bad.  The Ugly

Let start with the GOOD.

Being reunited with our “Furever Friends” and the beach.  Oh, the beach. All Good. The beginning of January was pretty chilly, but at least the white stuff here didn’t have to be shoveled!

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Entering Paradise

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Reunited and it feels so good

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Even the pups are excited to be united with their friends!

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Catching up


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jumping for joy!

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and, ohhhh..that first dip in the sea…oh yeah

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ahhhh….we don’t have to act like responsibles adults! We just have fun!

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Did I mention the Shenanigans?


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guess who?

Well, told ya it was a bit cold in January!

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But never too cold for treats says the Ninja Turtle rescuer

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Playing together

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Balls! Balls! Where’s the darn Balls?


All Played Out

Fish Fries….Oh they were Good!  Grouper Fingers, Shrimp, Scallops…YUM!

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Nothing like fresh Grouper…fingers




Sharing Dinners with Besties

And the fun times at the end of the day… Seniors trying to open a jug of milk!

Did I mention it was COLD in January?  Well, it was so cold that our beloved turtles on The Cape became “Cold Stunned”.  Well, this is part of the Good & Bad and ultimately GOOD!

When water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), cold-blooded sea turtles, like this Kemp’s ridley, can become cold-stunned. They are unable to swim or even raise their heads out of the water to breathe, which can lead to drowning. 


Break your heart?  Oh yeah…So Gulf Scientists and Volunteers (mostly Barrier Dunes Snowbirds, I might add) banded together to rescue over 1200 Cold Stunned Turtles, transporting them over and hour and a half to Panama’s Gulf World, where they were warmed and rehabilitated.



Jan M., a Snowbird and Owner at Cape San Blas – A retired vet with very large heart.


And our Jannie who transported many turtles like this one.  She made numerous trips back and forth to Panama’s Gulf World with these beautiful creatures

In addition to days of rescue, our little group of friends went out to ensure no other turtles surfaced…


And we found more…

For Claudio and Kim

Claudio & Jann

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Suz…can you feel the love?

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Turtle hero..Christine

Turtle Rescue-60.jpgAnd now for the “GOOD” part of this story….

After the turtles warmed up at Gulf World, it was time to release them back into the Gulf at Cape San Blas.  We actually made National TV News…some good news for a change…

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people turned out in the masses to cheer on the turtle heroes

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and I was there to photograph them

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Did I mention it was cold?   It was so cold that we all got sweatshirts…Same.


Now more GOOD…Beach Days…oh they were Good

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Steve Soaking Up The Sun!

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Suz, Tam Tam and Trev

Fishing.  Fishing was Good

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Claudio and his fishing partner, Mecca

Then, there is this!  How many does it take to put up an Sunbrella?

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OMG!  He’s actually reading the instructions!  What has the world come to?

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OK..C’mon…let’s follow these

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What a novel idea!  Mikey, Trev, Mitch and Christine


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Getting there!

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TADA!!!  Christine, Mitch and Mikey

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Pete, Catherine & Pups arrive!

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TONKA – The new kid on the block

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Set the puppies free!

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You need a drink after that amazing run, Sister?

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Pete & Catherine

Dining…oh the dining was GOOD


Nancy’s perfect “swimmin’ in butta” shrimp!






CHRISTMAS DINNER IN JANUARY-22And dinners for…well no reason!  They’re all GOOD

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We musn’t forget the shenanigans…they’re ALL GOOD!

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Game Nights!  Oh they were GOOD fun!   Right, Left, Centre anyone?

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Oh, this looks intense!

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Christine racks in the dough!

Game Night wasn’t complete without the pups!

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And the Sunsets….Gloriously GOOD

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Sunrises are GOOD too!

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Dining out…Yeah…that was GOOD!


AND our very favorite place to eat….The Indian Pass Raw Bar!

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Yes…those spots are raindrops!


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And this little Gem…Shipwreck Raw Bar in Mexico Beach!  Gotta try the crab cakes…oh Good…they were…GOOD.  And Portia, our waitress…she wasn’t just GOOD, she was AMAZING!28377837_10160227266300454_184806818952745788_n

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Our favorite!  Indian Pass Raw Bar – UPTOWN.  This is the new one in Port St. Joe

Secret lunch dates with my man…oh they were GOOD!



MOVIE NIGHTS!   That was GOOD!  Complete with popcorn and “pupcorn”





Movie NightLet’s get THE BAD out of the way……

The FLU!  Oh man, it hit hard in Port St. Joe…Well, the entire Gulf actually.  Schools were closed, hospitals were FULL.  Hand sanitizer became my best friend!  We all escaped “The Flu”, as responsible seniors..we all had our flu shots…right?  However, one of our dear friends, Suz fell ill (and yes, she had her flu shot!) with one thing after another…Pneumonia, then along with that “Bad” infection – a sinus infection and then a serious infection that landed her in hospital for four days.  She was and has been ill since she arrived in January.  All the while still trying to care for others…which leads us into the…..

THE UGLY…let’s get that out of the way too…..

Our main Shenanigator, Jannie,  broke – no shattered her leg.  On. The. Beach. with the assistance of a couple of pups that got tangled up in her feet.  First responders at Barrier Dunes were nothing short of amazing.  After 911 was called, they magically appeared.  Not just one..oh no…a resident First Responder, Victoria was the first to care for Jannie to try and comfort her while waiting for the ambulance.  Three more First Responders arrived in two trucks followed by an ambulance.  All involved were compassionate, patient and caring. What followed next was a major cluster “FU@K”!  To the hospital, X-rays, break confirmed.  Surgery confirmed.  Then they sent her home.  Oh yeah…they sent her home with a dangling, broken leg and no meds.  Said she needed to go to another hospital on Monday (this was Saturday)… Well, they gave her a prescription for pain meds..but the pharmacy was closed…In the middle of the night, when she could stand the pain no longer, another ambulance ride to  the hospital.  Well, they did give her meds this time…AND AGAIN – sent her home.  Poor Jannie!  Finally Monday comes – and the fight about who and where her surgery will take place.  Ok, I’m getting upset writing about this UGLY situation, so lets say that Jannie had major surgery (but not until THURSDAY…oh yeah) with titanium, cadaver bones and screws implanted into her leg.


Family  ….caring for Jannie while awaiting news on surgery


Food…lots of food arrived…a lot


Oh Boy…no words

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Friends And Family

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Recovering at home with her beloved furbabies, comfort and love

Convalesing at home with the best therapy ever..







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Now back to the GOOD…because it’s all GOOD.

Jann is making great ‘strides’ in her recovery.  She’s back to her walks (well, Nancy’s walks, her rides) throughout Barrier Dunes, chatting with all her friends and acquaintences, who wish her well.  She’s now enjoying afternoons by the pool and fresh air.

Special shout out to Nancy!  We love you for all you did, do and keep on doing for your best friend!  You see, while Nancy was caring for Jannie in hospital, their furbabies missed them incredibly.  They had to be removed from the condo until the operation was complete and Jannie home to avoid further injury to the shattered leg.  Here is a reunion with Nancy and her pups after being separated for many days….


Beach Walks….how GOOD were they!?


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Apalachicola…OYSTERFEST!  YUMMY and GOOD



No.  They aren’t eating oysters…But they are eating Oyster Bones!!  Made locally as dog biscuits with oyster shells.




Apalachicola’s Annual Barkfest Mardi Gras….Now this is always GOOD!

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EAGLES!!!!  For thos who know me well, know how much I love my birds.  And know that I’m forever trying to find Eagles….So, one more check off my bucket list…EAGLES..with the help of my fellow photographer and friend, Catherine, we were able to photograph the Eagles nest that was conveniently located right across the street from her condo.  We then treked down the beach to a favorite tree the eagles perch in…  As luck would have it, there he was sitting proud and stoic up in the tree!  We were determined to get him flying and he was determined that he was going to sit there and anjoy the sunshine!  So, we waited (at one point, I was laying on my belly in the rather wet sand) for an hour and a half for him to lite!  And it was worth the wait.  It was really GOOD!


So then this happened….Brody and Tammi got into a bad of dog food and ate themselves silly!  We think they must have eaten at least 10 lbs of dry dog food.  Brody was so bloated, he looked like a sheep and could hardly walk down the stairs.  After a night of “BAD” poopies for Brody and projectile vomitting for Tammi, well they were ready for breakfast…NOT!  Silly puppies….

As to GOOD always outweighs the BAD…We have our very own private concert with Joe Hash!  Joe is friends of Catherine & Pete and came to visit with his sweet wife, Diane.  He had us all in tears with this amazing song he wrote for one of his pups.  Get out the kleenex!

In conclusion, what brings us to this wonderful puppy paradise year after year is the wonderful friends we have met, the walks on the beach and most important,  it’s where we …….


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As each of our “pack” slowly returns home, our beach walks become smaller.  The realization of our return to the real world suddenly becomes a reality.  Mike and I are ready.  We’re ready to go home.  We miss our family.  At the same time, we will miss our friends here.  We will miss the beach walks.  We will miss our Movie Nights.  We will miss our Game Nights.  We will miss our Dinners together.  However, we will take all those wonderful  memories with us, until we meet once again, next year.

The morning we were leaving, we took our last walk on the beach.  The dolphins gave us a splended good-bye, as they played in the sea.  So GOOD.  And as we made our way off the Cape, as a final good-bye a beautiful eagle soared in the sky tipping his wings waving a final good-bye.

I’ll leave you with this…

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Life Is Good….


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