For those of you that follow me on Facebook, or just know me in real life (not social media, lol) you know that my BF and I started taking Sundays for ourselves–away from the computer, and hopefully tromping around somewhere on the beach or on kayaks at the inlet, or on a mini road trip. Florida from Key West up the coast to Pensacola can take 9 hours. We have a loooong, skinny state. Fun thing is, you can cross it in under three. Yep, coast to coast, across alligator alley, Ft. Lauderdale to Naples.
Not only do I write on average six books a year but we also have an author’s services business–which we have narrowed down to the things that work for us. We both edit and Christopher offers one-on-one book coaching in addition to marketing and running all of our websites and newsletters etc. Working for yourself requires a lot of elbow grease and the pay-off is not the same as a nine to five job where you get a dependable check–in order to avoid burn-out, we grabbed Sundays for us. The injection of energy and balance has been incredible and I highly recommend it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money-we love Groupon! And most of the parks are free, or just a few bucks.
We went to the Florida Everglades National Park, which cost 25.00 to get in but the ticket was good for a week. Believe it or not, folks actually camp there 🙂 I have never seen a panther in the wild and the mosquito can be as large as the pelicans. https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm
These three images are all from the same day, and the same park. The first is a bald cypress grove, I think there is a turtle in the second one, and this last image is Flamingo–the park had a small marina at the very tip of the park closest to the Gulf. This place actually had a bald eagle in a nest. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of that!
I was born in Seattle and raised in Spokane where my mom still is–she tells me about shoveling snow, and I don’t miss it. I will take warm sun and sand any day!
My #BytheSea series is a contemporary romance with 14 stories so far (more to come this year!) that take place in Lauderdale by the Sea and I make sure to add in scenes that hopefully bring my love for the coast alive. www.tracihall.com
Have a wonderful day,