By Mark Warner

The Hutchinson Island Adventure: Normandy Beach

Today was the first day of October.  In Indiana, where I moved from, it signals that fall is here.  It is normally time to prepare for the colder weather and the changing colors of the leaves.  It was always my favorite time of year.  In Florida, time seems to stand still.  While October means that the hurricane season is coming to a close, nothing really changes.  It is both good and bad.  Of course, while I do miss the crisp, cool Autumn days I am thankful that I can be here and thankful that I will continue to be here when winter sets in up North.

When you hear the name, “Normandy”, a beach in Florida is not usually what comes to mind.  To me, June 6, 1944 comes to mind.  D-Day.  I was not even a glimmer in my mother’s eye… in fact, she was not even a glimmer in her mother’s eye on this date in History.  That doesn’t mean I don’t hold a great deal of respect for the servicemen who lived and died to make this historical mission a triumphant success that was the beginning of the end of WWII. 

I am a veteran of both the Army and the Navy.  I am proud to have served this great nation.  I am also grateful for those who served before me as well as those who will continue to serve long after I am gone.  Omaha Beach in Normandy, France saw the loss of many lives.  While Normandy beach, Florida is a long ways away from that famous battle site, it makes me wonder if the beach was named as an honor to those who fought and died there.  Was it named in order to be a reminder to all future generations?  If anyone knows, please feel free to add to the comments section. 

I wish that I could provide more history on each of the beaches that I am visiting on the Hutchinson Island Adventure.  Unfortunately, I just do not have the time.  Maybe one day I will revisit my blog and be able to add more information.  Maybe, some of the readers of this blog will be able to provide some more in depth information?  We will see.  Time will tell.  It always does.

This morning was beautiful.  The clouds were out in full force.  I was able to get some nice shots, if I do say so myself.  As I have mentioned before, I love me some clouds!  The ocean alone is a marvelous thing to observe but when you add the beauty of the clouds, the scene truly becomes a masterpiece.  I have yet to capture the perfect sunrise but mornings like this encourage me to keep trying.  I hope you all enjoy the photos that I have shared as much as I have enjoyed taking them.  The journey for today may have reached an ending but keep an eye out each week as a new adventure begins!