Thursday, October 13, 2016

Checking on MY beach

We headed down to MY beach this morning to see what had happened and were pleasantly surprised - instead of lots of sand being washed away - LOTS of sand got washed up (or maybe it was the sand dune that got washed down and covered the beach). There was LOTS and LOTS of sea grass stalks that got washed up too (wonderful stinky rotting sea grass I might mention)  but all things considered not a lot of debris. We did find a big piece of wood from someone's dock and sadly we even found a dead deer (a four point stag) amongst the sea grass. We are not sure how he got there but are guessing he got caught in the storm surge somewhere and was washed out to sea.

Mom was disappointed not to find even a single shell -  but we did meet a lovely lady on the beach who Mom stopped to talk too. She worked as a meteorologist for the Navy for 22 years and she came over to say hi because she had a sheltie a few years ago and recognized us. She told Mom that they only opened the beach to the public again yesterday because of the strong rip currents and storm surges this past week. She also told Mom she went down on Sunday and saw LOTS of shells washed up but the military police wouldn't let anyone on the beach and of coarse they have all washed back out to sea or been buried under the sand now.

We took LOTS of photo's today and remember you can click on them to see them bigger. We also got to see a submarine leaving the base today - it was flying a flag Mom didn't recognize and an American flag so we are not sure where it is from. Mom was also happy to see the "Mayport Feral Kitties" all survived - we saw a couple sitting on the breakwater and found they rest of them over near the RV park.

Oh we forgot to mention - around our neighborhood most of the damage is just tree and fence related. Mom says the fence builders must be rubbing their hands with glee at all the work they are going to be having for the next month of so. A lot of houses lost roof tiles but only small amounts like 10 or 20 tile each although we did see a couple of places that had half to three quarters of all their tiles gone. The neighborhood across the street from us still doesn't have power but they will hopefully by the end of the day. The big problem with the power was the amount of tree limbs and trees that fell breaking the lines. Not having had any real major storms for the last 10 years - trees have been busily growing bigger in all that time and they hadn't really done a good job of keeping them trimmed and away from power lines - lesson learned as the CEO of the power company said on the news last night.
Lots of sea grass washed up
Looks like a piece of someone's dock
So many good smells in this stuff
Comeon Mom - this stuff is great to roll on!
Still windy here - the birds are grounded
Poor dead deer - mmmmmm salted venison jerky!
What happened to my sandy beach near the breakwater?
Getting to the rocks isn't easy
This use to be a sand dune !
Mayport Kitty - just chill-laxin
Submarine leaving the Mayport Base
Another view of the submarine


  1. Good to see you home safe and sound. Mayport Jetties is a nice place to walk around. Looks like a Canadian Flag on the sub.

  2. We're glad your beach and most of your neighborhood are OK! Cool submarine! It looks like a Peruvian flag, but we can't imagine why!

  3. Glad you are home and all OK!
    MR Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  4. Glad to hear no serious damage and that you are back home safely and back on beach patrol
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. These are great photos. I hate all of the shells washed back out to sea. Do you ever dig for them? I didn't think of them being buried. Glad the kitties survived. ♥

  6. We were very glad to hear that your Sheltie Shelter (home) was undamaged. Essex used to tell Sherman tails of the damage that Wilma in Key West. The nice stinky sea grass should add some enticing aromas to your walks.

  7. Hari OM
    Initially I too thought Canada - but that is not a maple leaf in centre, methinks. It may just be the 'badge flag' of the sub itself. Interesting - the subs I see on the Clyde don't fly flags. So glad that for you at least, home is relatively unscathed and the beach has become new to explore. Glad to have you back in place! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  8. We are so happy to hear that you didn't suffer much damage! The poor deer.

  9. Good to see what's happened along coastal Florida. Thanks for posting. And the cowspots (dogs and cats) are all looking good! ~ Amy

  10. Glad you didn't have bad damage! We would have liked to see that submarine!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Wow, isn't the Beach crazy? It gets big and small. It puts things there, and then takes them away again. Hurray for stinky sea grass, but too bad about no shells! Enjoy your Beach!


  12. Glad you're back home and out on patrol again. Beaches are funny that way, some other places were probably scoured of their sand. Doesn't look like a Maple Leaf on the flag so not Canada but perhaps Peru?

  13. Glad that there wasn't too much damage at your house. But we think you did the right thing, going away.

  14. PHEW! that is such wonderful news that there wasn't any terrible damage! That sure must've been a relief! I am glads you got to roll around in some good stinky smells! Lucky doggie you!
    Ruby ♥

  15. There are always so many different thibgs to see and explore when you live near the beach!
    Elliot and Cricket x

  16. I'm so glad your beach is still your beach and not gone with the waves...and I'm glad that your houses were ok eggs-cept the fences and some trees...
    the mama jumped with joy as she saw the submarine in your photo... we never saw one on sea... just the retired ones at the old base of lorient...

  17. Storms do leave a mess, but glad you don't have much damage.

  18. We are glad no sand was washed away...but sad because your Mama didn't find any plunder!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  19. you are lucky, looks like your area came through relatively unscathed. My friend in NC got hit big time!

  20. Forget the shells, look at all those sticks!!
    Lily & Edward

  21. Goodness lots of excitement, poor deer can't see how he got caught in flooding. Sounds like your mom is meeting some interesting people, that's nice! Love Dolly

  22. i'm so glad you and the mayport kitties are safe and sound but am really sad about that deer.
    wags, bailey unleashed


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