I grew up near the ocean and their is something about it that truly brings me to a state of peace.   I went down to Florida recently to spend some time with one of my very best friends and help with her pre-wedding preparations.  They live on the gulf coast which is a bit different then the east, where I am from.  So it was a new adventure  to walk along their powdery white sandy beaches and play amongst their beautifully decaying drift wood.  It made me feel like a child again, exploring what was hidden behind the mangroves.. dreaming of building a fort with the found wood and wishing I could stay for days, pretending it was an island in a far off land.  I honestly felt like at any moment a pirate ship was going to appear in the far off distance... a girl can dream..  I will forever be counting the days til I can return.