Flagler Beach is a seaside town of a few thousand tanned, happy people. Maybe the 7-mile strand of coral-coloured sand has something to do with that. We stopped for an hour or so to shake off our car legs—happy we did!
We saw something weird while we were there: little blue balloons washed up on the beach. Turns out, they are Portuguese Man-O’-War “siphonophores” (often confused for jellyfish because they have stingers). Also called Bluebottles, they look like the sort of thing that punishes curiosity. So we didn’t touch. Which was the right call because they sting and they’re venomous. Death from a Man-O’-War sting is
Despite all that, from a distance, siphonophores are SUPER COOL!
Flagler Beach has sun-bleached walkways and stairs to get you from the road to the ocean. We put our towels on big chunks of coral scattered like boulders at the foot of the dunes. Then we splashed in the waves forgetting about snow.
Flagler Beach has an undeniable Old Florida feel to it—a realness that comes from carefully letting things be. Though plenty of communities have gone the way of guarded gates protecting pricey condos, Flagler is tin-roofs, faded paint, and open porches for afternoon cocktails. It’s the sort of place that invites you to stick around! But, we had a destination calling! We piled back in the van as the sun started to lose its heat, salting the seats and floor mats with sticky orange sand. We left Flagler Beach watching kites flying high above palm trees along Hwy A1A. Onto Orlando!
Hi, class! I miss you! I was wondering if you would like to send me any comments on Our Florida blog?
We all miss you! We hope you are having fun. We wanted you to know that we finished HOOT today. We are excited to watch the movie on Wednesday. As a class, we decided to have our next book be “Wonder”. Don’t worry, we won’t get too far without you.
We enjoyed reading about your adventure in Flagler Beach. Keep posting pictures of your adventures and creatures you meet!
Olivia wants to know if you are having fun?
I have been having lots of fun! Today we did Disney’s Magic Kingdom. We rode the monorail, toured through a haunted house, and I drove a car on the Tomorrowland Speedway! It was fun.
I think “Wonder” will be a great book to read next. I’ve seen the movie. I have the book, but I haven’t read it yet. I also have the book, “365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts.” It is awesome. A lot of little life lessons in there. I can bring it in when I’m back. 🙂
It’s been hot and sunny every single day!