Flagler Beach is one of those hidden gems you only hear about through word of mouth. It’s a cute little beach town where everyone lives minutes away from the ocean. I didn’t even know there could be cute little beach towns in North America. Most of the time, beaches end up built up and touristy, but Flagler Beach is purposefully not built up. Carla, our host – another Mondo Beyondo e-course person – showed us the one and only high-rise in Flagler Beach, which she told us caused everyone in town to outlaw all future high-rises after it was snuck in.
So yes, another lovely and generous soul welcomed us into her home without really knowing who the heck these two crazy Canadians are who’d drive around in a VW bus for three months with no real agenda or plan.
I knew Carla was a kindred spirit when I saw her mailbox as we drove up to her house.
After getting a tour of her home, Steve remarked to me quietly “she definitely has your style!”
Not only did Carla welcome us, but so did her partner, Barry, and her children Korvin and Penelope (I never did get a picture of Barry).
Since it was dinner time, we all piled into our vehicles and headed to the Snack Jack, a restaurant right on the ocean, where Carla worked for a number of years. We got to know each other over our meal, and I got to eat some seafood by the sea – yum yum. I further knew we were kindred spirits when I discovered that Carla and Barry love Guinness! (For those of you who don’t know me, Guinness is my all time favourite beer – I’m Irish at heart). It was fun getting to know this lovely couple. When I was thinking of how to describe Carla, effervescent came to mind. She is very animated and talkative and has stories for everything. Barry, on the other hand, is quiet and chooses his words carefully and deliberately. Korvin is very animated, like his mom, and talks a-mile-a-minute and was kind enough to give up his room to us for the two days that we stayed. Penelope is the sweetest baby to ever poop on me.
After sleeping like logs in Korvin’s bed, we woke up and Carla had arranged for us to go on a tour of Flagler Beach in – get this – a golf cart! They have a friend, Rusty, who is quite the character and one of his quirky habits is to drive around Flagler Beach in a golf cart – that’s how small this place is. So we headed over to Rusty’s house to pick it up, and learned more of Rusty’s eccentricity. He’s a live-life-to-the-fullest kind of guy and has built a bar in his backyard where he has friends over and parties with them to his heart’s content. Check out his house from the front:
And here’s the cart:
I think we’re tourists…hmm…
Carla strapped Penelope into the cart and off we went on our tour, with Carla citing various facts about Flagler Beach as we drove along.
Like any small town it has a church…
And a police station…
And a downtown…
Or maybe that’s just the one dog who does that.
And one major intersection…
Which we crossed and felt rather tiny and vulnerable crossing since it was four lanes and all the vehicles around us were definitely not golf cart size.
We stopped at a park that has boardwalks along the water and found this guy strolling along in the parking lot, munchin’ on grass…
“Mm mm, that grass looks tasty”
“Nom nom nom.”
Carla took pictures for her blog, and I took pictures of random stuff growing that we don’t have back home.
After our one-of-a-kind golf cart tour, we left Carla and Penelope to their own devices and headed to the beach, a mere 2 minutes walk away – to say I’m envious would be an understatement!
We dipped our toes in the Atlantic ocean and vowed that we would dip our toes in the Pacific ocean before this trip was through as well.
Ok, who are we kidding, we did more than dip our toes – we splashed around and frolicked in the waves quite a bit as well.
I love the ocean. I love being in it, I love smelling it, I love listening to the waves crashing on the shore. Lying there that day, I was just in awe of the Earth. How amazing is the ocean? How cool are the tides and how they’re aligned with the sun and moon? And how small are we, like teeny, tiny grains of shell turned to sand…
These are some happy toes right here.
Are you as impressed as I with how beautifully the toenail polish goes with the water?
For the most part, the beach was quiet with not many people on it (probably because it was a weekday). We got to watch some surfers, and I got to watch some silly water birds playing in the sand (it’s very easy to amuse me – just stick me in front of nature and I’ll be happy as a clam for hours).
We were so fortunate to stay in this beautiful town. And so fortunate to have nice weather, a cozy bed, good company and a chance to unwind. We’re definitely going to maintain a slower pace for the rest of the trip.