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You Can Take the Girl Out of the Country

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

My immediate family and I were on a much-needed family vacation, which is why I did not write an article last week. We went to Destin, Florida and thoroughly enjoyed the white sand beaches and clear water of the Gulf. Trips like this make this Texan girl really dislike the Mississippi River, which dumps a tremendous amount of silt that makes the Gulf water in Galveston as clear as chocolate milk.

They say, “you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” I guess that has some truth to it. As a family, we wanted to be active and outside for the most part. We split most of our time between the beach and the swimming pool. Our goal was to soak up the sunshine and salty air while we were there.

When we got tired, we saw the native wildlife at the Gulfarium, which is like Sea World for the Gulf animals without the rides. We also fed alligators at a veritable tourist attraction.

Just as we eat fresh vegetables, wild hog meat, and of course grass fed beef on the ranch, we shopped at a local seafood market for freshly caught red shrimp and Gulf shrimp. If you have never had red shrimp, then you need to try it. You boil it for 90 seconds and serve it warm with drawn butter. It tastes like lobster. As grass fed beef producers who know the importance and benefits of buying local, we bought and consumed fresh local fare in Florida.

As the sun went down each evening, we were on the beach again. This time armed with flashlights, nets, and buckets. Each night was slightly different as the native wildlife adjusted to the temperament of the sea. The first night we rounded up sand crabs, which are camouflaged white and about the size of a quarter. We just observed and released.

Another night the spotted crabs were out and we had fun chasing them in ankle-deep water with a net. We also found two hermit crabs, two live sand dollars, several sand fleas, and numerous seashells. The last night we were there a storm was rolling in from the Gulf and the shallow waters were filled with small silvery fish.

As we observed nature and its variety, we were greatly blessed to fully experience a different environment. Needless to say, we were happy to return home to the ranch and the familiar. Now we have returned back to work with our minds refreshed. I realized again another true saying, “There is no place like home.” And regardless of where I am, I am a country girl at heart.

In unrelated news, I updated the ranch blog to be more mobile friendly. If you are like me, you do more work from your smartphone than from your actual computer. Therefore, I wanted the blog to look good either way. Check it out and please leave a comment if there are any problems or if you like what I’ve done.

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