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|It was over 30 years ago. I still recall the briny scent
from the Gulf of Mexico as my family crossed the old two-lane drawbridge
that led us to Pensacola Beach. It was the first trip to the Island for
us kids, and my parent's tales of adventure on the sugar white sands and
fishing right out the back door were finally becoming a reality.
||They were both raised in Pensacola, so coming back to the
Island was as exciting for them as it was for us. Over the previous weeks
their stories of long walks on the beach, crystal clear water and star
filled evenings had built our expectations impossibly high. How could anything
measure up to their exotic remembrances?
|Then the wait was finally over as we drove up the oyster
shell drive to our cottage on the sound. Even before the door to our summer
house was unlocked we kids were wet to our knees and totally enraptured.
It was all true. This was unlike any other place on earth. We stood immersed
in that magical feeling only an island can impart.
||We had left the continental United States and were floating
in the Gulf of Mexico. An Island, we thought. Removed from civilization
and charged with adventure! A fantasy land where the rules from the "real
world" didn't apply and anything seemed possible.
|Many years have passed since that day, but time has not diminished
our attraction to Santa Rosa Island. We come here because it differs from
the mainland; the slower pace, the natural beauty, the colorful people.
Things that make up that unique set of circumstances known as "island life".
We're removed, both geographically and psychologically, from the routine
and the familiar. Stand on the beach and gaze out at the boundless Gulf,
and one can't help feeling liberated and released. The vast combination
of sky, sea, and sand conspire to throw wide the doors to our hearts and
||I invite you to peruse the contents of this book on which
I've worked nearly as long as I've called the Island home. It won't take
long before you start feeling like that smiling, carefree child you always
had inside you, scampering down the pristine shores of the Island.
You may purchase The Island from TERRA NOVA Publishing.
The book is $29.95. Free shipping within the continental United States.
Florida residents add 7% sales tax. Allow 1 - 2 weeks for delivery.
Please send check or money order to:
TERRA NOVA PUBLISHING
301 S Adams St
Pensacola Fl. 32501
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