The last time the boys and I were down here in Florida, was for Ed’s Memorial Service. Today’s adventure was a trip to the Canaveral National Seashore, a beautiful protected area with a gorgeous beach. The Canaveral National Cemetery is just north of this area so we decided to go and pay a visit to “Grandpa Ed”. We had no idea where his marker was located but the two veterans manning the entrance couldn’t have been nicer and told us exactly where to go. They even sent someone to check on us in a golf cart. It was nice to see the marker and I love the simplicity, but ultimately the depth of how he is described. Those descriptors carry a lot of meaning over a period of 80 years.
After our visit, we headed for a trip down memory lane by carrying out the tradition of stopping at The Moonlight Diner in Titusville for burgers before heading to the Seashore. Like many families; ritual, tradition and familiarity are important to us, along with a healthy dose of new experiences. Doing things you used to do with someone who has passed away, helps keep them alive in your memory, it’s comforting. Well, in my humble opinion anyway.
The Canaveral National Seashore sits adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center, the combination of NASA and a beautiful beach in its shadow was enough to make Kerry’s day, if not her week! The sand is almost white and the sea, varying shades of rich blues and turquoise. Due to the heat, our stay only lasted an hour or two but we had a blast swimming and playing in the crashing waves.
We drove back home with dramatic views of storm clouds gathering and visible rain in the distance.
We finished the day reuniting with family at Fishlips, so nice to see everyone!