Friday, October 9, 2015

DOGS AT THE BEACH


We were in a hotel on the beach last week.  Everyone was keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Joaquin. 


We were on the 9th floor and were moved to the 4th, for our safety the hotel staff said. By that time it looked like Joaquin was veering off and though we were still having a lot of rain, the weather seemed calmer.  We asked if we still had to move rooms.  The answer was yes.  


We were here to help celebrate my Father-in-law's 95th birthday and realized we needed an extra day.  On asking the lady at the desk if we could extend our stay, she looked at Gregg very surprised and with a chuckle said we were the first to ask. Many guests had opted to leave early.  We didn't have any problems that week getting a parking spot near the front entrance, which was great considering it was raining hard at times.



  It rained most days but it didn't stop us from celebrating Father-in-law's birthday, and also taking Gregg's cousins sight-seeing. We had a great time with our family even with the rain.  And we enjoyed visiting with friends also.


Finally the sun came out and people started coming back to the beach, some with their dogs.  It was still quiet but factor in Joaquin and that it was the end of the tourist season, not surprising.  These were taken after the storm had passed.


Everyone looked like they were glad to be enjoying the sunshine again.


All this being said, my thoughts are with people in the Carolinas who are having to deal with all the terrible flooding.  

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I am sharing with the following memes, with my thanks to Eileen and Misty for the fun I have participating.

You can see other participants by visiting the links below.

Eileen at Saturday Critters
Misty at Camera Critters 

37 comments:

mohave rat said...

what a delight your blog is! beautiful pictures. I look forward to going back through your archives and getting caught up. Thank you for visiting my new blog and joining! from the desert, the rat

William Kendall said...

The bulldog's my favourite- I just love the breed!

Cloudia said...

Oh I love your English Bulldog header!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SULLY!!!!! Many more!






ALOHA
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Cloudia said...

<3 GULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Those were some BIG dogs Denise - cute though.

Country Gal said...

Oh our Miggs loves the dog beach we have here and so do we so much fun especially as they can be off leash to there are two beaches a on leash and off leash , so much fun . Lovely pot and photos . Glad the rains didn't drown out your fun .Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

Michelle said...

Nice to hear things worked out despite the storm.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, So glad you and the family had a good week and celebration despite the weather... Glad that storm didn't do lots of damage (other than rain ) to your area. All of the flooding in North and South Carolina really made a mess there....

Sounds like you had a great time.
Hugs,
Betsy

Red said...

I like the photos of some pretty stormy weather.

Stephanie said...

Love all the images of the dogs especially the bulldog.

Elephant's Child said...

A belated, but no less heartfelt Happy Birthday to Gulley.
Love the beach - whatever the weather.

Adam said...

that hurricane made the lower half of SC into a flood zone. It was bizarre as it seemed like it was going away

Linda said...

So beautiful and soothing. I love seeing the dogs, too! :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Glad you all were safe and even had a great time despite the rain. Love all the dogs on the beach. Have a wonderful weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

cute pups.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) It sounds like a nice family get together, and rain or shine you had a great time. Love your photos of the dogs on the beach, especially your bulldog capture.

llandudnopictures said...

I imagine the dogs found that sea air very invigorating!

Valerie said...

There are some rains that make walking a pleasure but I would hate to be caught in that kind of weather. Hope your FinL enjoyed his birthday. By the way, I love the header picture.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Great photos, especially the third.....very atmospheric!

EG CameraGirl said...

How wonderful that you celebrated your father-in-law's 95th birthday! Yep, that hurricane sure sounded scary!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, Happy birthday to your FIL. I love all the sweet dogs, they must have loved the beach! I am glad the weather did not spoil your fun! Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Sandra said...

so glad the weather allowed you to stay for the birthday and also that you had a great time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dogs on the beach and they lifted my spirits.. the bull dog in the header made me laugh out loud.

Marleen said...

You had quite a stay there! Lovely photos, especially of the bulldog. So sweet! :)

Gwen said...

Glad you were safe, and still enjoyed your trip!

carol l mckenna said...

Glad you are safe and the birthday boy got to celebrate ~

Great dog photos for 'critters' ~ beautiful!


Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Lois Evensen said...

Great images of the pups. I'm glad you didn't have any problem with the storm.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love dogs! I'm glad you had a great time despite of the hurricane.

Christina said...

Such lovely pictures! I am happy you had a good time and escaped the worst of the storm. Happy weekend!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Yes, Happy Birthday to your FIL. Love the dog walkers. We used to take our larger dogs over to the seaside and let them run. Cant do that anymore.

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful post xx

Debbie said...

the storm missed us as well, but they are really suffering in the carolinas!!! although probably a pain, it sure was nice of the hotel to be so considerate in moving your room!!!

adorable variety of pups, everyone seems to have a dog these days. i don't know how peeps travel and what they do with them while they are away!!!!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I'm glad it safely passed you by. The flooding in SC is what we got earlier this summer, and it was awful. It affected so many animals and people...just horrible.

gigihawaii said...

Sorry it rained so much, but I am glad you were able to wish your father in law a happy birthday.
Aloha from Hawaii.

pattisjarrett said...

So glad you were able to get together in spite of the weather--and that you were able to extend your stay.

Marie C said...

I'm so glad you were able to be there for the birthday celebration! Sadly having to deal with the whipping coat-tails of the storm! Loved the photos. One of our nephews' wives is from South Carolina, but I haven't heard about anything bad happening to any of her family, thankfully. Those people are going through the mill with all the flooding!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

A shame about the weather, it's great that you persevered and the sun came out in the end. The dogs on the beach are very cute!
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Rose said...

I love the one you used in your banner!