Hal had the idea to attempt another beach walk this holiday weekend, and I jumped at the idea. Hal has completed it 4 times before, and the last time I went with him, I had knee trouble, and bailed out after 4 miles.
This time Hal wanted to walk south from New Smyrna end to the Playalinda end. Our spouses graciously agreed to provide transport, and Alison dropped us off about 7:30am at Apollo beach at the tail end of a rainstorm with blustery winds. However, it rapidly cleared up, winds dropped to gentle breezes, and we discovered the tide was ideal; it was dropping to a low at about late morning, leaving us with lots of hardpack sand for the first 2/3rds of our walk.
We encountered no one along the way except for a ranger running turtle patrol on a 4 wheeler. Since it is still summer, we each carried about a gallon of water. We saw thousands of staked turtle nests, a few fresh turtle crawls and one dead hatchling, dolphins doing acrobatics and leaping completely out of the water, and nudists at each end of the walk. The oddest sight was a set of footprints at about mile 9. They seemed to walk out of the surf, went straight towards the dune line, and did not come back down.
Linda and Alison met us in Playlinda about 5:30pm just ahead of some rain squalls coming in, and we celebrated at Dixie Crossroads with shrimp and seafood.