Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Florida, Gallery, Travel | 18 comments

I looked it up just to make sure. “Adieu” does not simply mean goodbye; it means “Until we meet again.” And that’s how I choose to think of it.

We arrived in Florida mid-November and left the first week of April, almost four-and-a-half months later. In between our many adventures this winter (the Keys, Sanibel Island, Cedar Key, and more) we spent time with my folks at their beautiful home in Eastpoint, just across the bridge from Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle. My dad was born in Apalachicola, as were my grandparents, and I’ve been coming to Apalachicola since before I was born. (For more on our visits to Apalachicola, see here.)

One of the benefits of our full-time traveling lifestyle is that we’re able to spend more time with my parents. Given that our home is almost 3,500 miles away in southern Oregon, we previously only saw each other for a few days once a year. We enjoy each other’s company—to keep it that way, we stay in our trailer on their lovely property. This way, it’s as though we’re close neighbors, and we have the best of both worlds.

My folks have lived fully in their respective 83 and 85 years. “We’ve enjoyed life along the way and have been fortunate to do everything we’ve wanted to do,” says my mom. And my dad agrees. They’ve always been active and involved in life, and it’s only recently that they’ve begun to noticeably slow down. Until three years ago, they would meet us for travel adventures—Santa Fe, the Gulf Coast of Texas, a birding festival in New Mexico. But those times are now past.

Our days in Eastpoint were simple and sweet. Most afternoons, we joined my folks for a few games of Rummikub, followed by Jeopardy (they are convinced Eric should be a contestant), a lengthy and relaxed happy hour, dinner, and a movie, generally something from the 40’s or 50’s. Which was great, because I’ve wanted to see Casablanca and other classics and who knows when I would actually get around to it.

We’re heading back to the West Coast for the summer and fall, but we’ll return to Eastpoint next winter. We’re looking forward to more time just hanging out with my folks.

Adieu Apalachicola

Apalachicola Waterfront

Beneath The Bridge

Public Fishing Dock

Colorful Old Building On The Waterfront

Downtown Apalach

Old Greek Fishing Boat

Oriental Saloon circa 1900

Waterfront Park And Shrimp Boats

Old Custom House Post Office

Downtown Apalach

Wonderful Bookstore

Hole In The Wall

Local Seafood Bar

Houseboat On The River

Biking In Apalachicola

Beautiful Old Homes In Apalach

Gorgeous Live Oaks Line The Streets

Shrimp Boats

Causeway Connecting Apalach & Eastpoint

Fresh Shrimp Delivered To The House

Launching The Boat With The Tractor

Gorgeous Day On The Apalachicola River

Our Fearless Captain

This Must Be An Interesting Story

Thank You Ma'am Creek

Wild Iris On The River

Our Spot At Mom And Dad's

Backyard Firepit Overlooking The Bay

Lunch With My Mom

With My Sister

Best Friends From Childhood

Sunset From The Dock

Adieu Apalachicola
Apalachicola Waterfront
Beneath The Bridge
Public Fishing Dock
Colorful Old Building On The Waterfront
Downtown Apalach
Old Greek Fishing Boat
Oriental Saloon circa 1900
Waterfront Park And Shrimp Boats
Old Custom House Post Office
Downtown Apalach
Wonderful Bookstore
Hole In The Wall
Local Seafood Bar
Houseboat On The River
Biking In Apalachicola
Beautiful Old Homes In Apalach
Gorgeous Live Oaks Line The Streets
Shrimp Boats
Causeway Connecting Apalach & Eastpoint
Fresh Shrimp Delivered To The House
Launching The Boat With The Tractor
Gorgeous Day On The Apalachicola River
Our Fearless Captain
This Must Be An Interesting Story
Thank You Ma'am Creek
Wild Iris On The River
Our Spot At Mom And Dad's
Backyard Firepit Overlooking The Bay
Lunch With My Mom
With My Sister
Best Friends From Childhood
Sunset From The Dock
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