Today, Brody was determined to prove that playing with his Bunny was as much fun as playing with his ball.
I’m pretty sure he convinced me!
Watch out world, Brody turned 6 today. I think he knows because he was driving me crazy with his enthusiasm last night. Just wait until he realizes we won’t have cake and presents until after work tonight. Hope he doesn’t mind that his present is wrapped in Christmas paper….
This wasn’t Brody’s best birthday only because it’s the middle of the week and no Adventures were to be had. I mean when he was a puppy we’d go chase eagles on his birthday, or visit American Pickers. In comparison going for a short car ride to visit the Dry Cleaners, doesn’t really count for much.
I’ve been wanting to get back to Jacksonville, FL to photograph “The Landings” from the fountain across the river. With Brody’s car seat all done and fair weather predicted we set out Friday night about 9:30 with an expectation to arrive in Jacksonville around 1:30AM. The trip didn’t exactly go as planned but I always enjoy our adventures so to that end it was successful.
First, Brody didn’t really relish the new car seat. He found it ok but couldn’t understand why he was supposed to favor that over my lap. In protest he spent the entire trip going from the car seat, to trying to get on my lap, to the back cargo area where he’d take short naps on the bed back there and then start the circuit all over again. I’ve now decided that since he didn’t love it and because he eventually made it back onto my lap anyway, there’s no reason for me to forfeit the front and back footwells. So, I’ve removed the car seat.
Second, just as we got parked in Jacksonville and started to get the gear out fog rolled in. This is the only shot I got before the tops of the buildings disappeared.
And this is the only shot I got of The Jacksonville Landing before the whole scene turned to mist.
Undeterred, we jumped back onto the interstate and crossed into Georgia at the welcome center where we killed time until sunrise. The plan was to return and shoot this scene in the morning light. Not so much … A gray dingy morning. So, we headed towards St Augustine. By the time we got there the sky was blue and clear but it was rapidly becoming too late in the day for any great photos.
St Augustine wasn’t a destination, just a starting point.
I wanted to drive A1A, the intercostal highway, from St Augustine to Daytona Beach. This was more of a scouting trip than anything.
It was a beautiful trip. Some amazing homes populated that journey but just as importantly, there are plenty of beach areas along the way to visit if your so inclined.
We stopped a few times to see what we could see, but I wasn’t prepared for Brody to get all wet or sandy so we kept our distance.
At each stop, we did see a few people who where fishing or sunbathing or surfing but generally the beaches were pretty empty.
It is interesting that while my part of Florida is packed with Snow Birds right now, I didn’t see that kind of population mass anywhere along this trip. Including Daytona Beach!
Speaking of Daytona Beach, I was really interested to see if this might be a weekend destination sometime. From what I saw just driving through, it’s has an amazing boardwalk area, a great fishing pier, the Speedway, some very unique buildings and all the trappings that could be this a fun place to photograph. But, for sure, I’d have to pick the right time. Both the beach and the Speedway draw a lot of visitors.
In an effort to get Brody off my lap I built him a car seat in the Explorer. He likes the view and the extra room and being able to stick his head out the window without standing on his tippi toes is a plus. But, he’s conflicted because of his life long habit of sitting on my lap when we’re taking our trips. We’ll just have to see how it goes.
It has been a few months since Brody has been on an adventure. Ok, so maybe more than a few. But, the offset is that his best friend and sister Lexie and his mom have been here. So, he’s had 2 of his favorite things at his disposal. Especially, the one that spoils him.
Never-the-less, you can only keep a good dog home for so long so for our starter trip, we took an exploratory trip around Lake Okeechobee. For those who don’t know It is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States, including Lake Michigan in the count. The lake covers 720 square miles and has 135 miles of shoreline. It is a shallow lake with an average depth of 9′ and it is a premier fishing destination, especially for Bass.
My goal, other than to give Brody an adventure was to get a visual idea as to how photogenic a location Lake Okeechobee might be. The answer in short is, very if you have a boat. From the shoreline, the jury is still out.
In any case here are a few photos from the adventure, the most interesting, I think, was finding the remains of the Glades hotel fire which seems to have a number of interesting innuendos around it.
Of course as you might expect, you can find plenty of bird friends to photograph as you make your way around the lake.
This lake has a tremendous number of recreational opportunities. I wasn’t really exploring those, so you might want to do some of your own research. For this trip, I just wanted to see what was visually available on a drive-by basis. What I seemed to have found was that starting from the South and all along the Western Shore there really were not great views of the lake itself. Most of these boundaries seem to contain canals that feed into the lake rather than provide views of the lake. North and East offered better views for what I was seeking. So, in the end I got a chance to photograph Brody with the lake in the background and he got a chance to run around and explore a new area.
And at that moment a reality I’ve never thought about came to light!
“He’s not playing fetch, he’s playing chase.” Beagles were built to chase things like rabbits. So, Brody is very inclined to chase the ball. The only reason he brings it back is that he knows, it’s the only way I can throw it again and therefore the only way he can chase it again, which is really all he wants to do.
Using a ZhiYun Rider-M Gimbal a GoPro Hero 4 Black I captured Brody’s perspective of the game of fetch
Don’t know what you do after a bike ride, but this is what Brody does…