I grew up in Sarasota, Florida and spent probably 75% or more of the first 18 years of my life immersed in the sand and water of the Gulf of Mexico. One of my earliest memories is from a sand bar off Longboat Key with my grandfather, swimming under the water to retrieve living sand dollars and starfish from the creamy bright white sand. I've been away now for more years than I lived there, but a very deep connection to that place remains within me. No matter where I roam, I will always feel a call to return to that water and those beaches. Perhaps I feel something similar to why sea turtles return to the beaches of their birth to lay the eggs of their young.
I just made a trip to Sarasota and spent my time on the beach, resting, writing, visiting family, and walking and sitting with the water. I made a couple of impromptu videos on my iPhone to capture some moments "in a bottle" that I could take with me and have a couple of minutes with my Gulf of Mexico home beach wherever I go. I thought I'd share them with you to enjoy for yourself as well. So here you are:
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