It has been a busy hurricane season this year. Nearly every part of Florida has had some effects from either Hurricane Irma, Maria, or Nate. While the panhandle has been spared the majority of the damage, it sure has made our beaches a little more creepy and have caused some environmental damages as well.
I have not taken the time yet to explore all the areas around Panama City that have been affected by Nate, but we did visit one beach along the Gulf Coast to survey the changes. I can say that based off of other reports, St. Andrew’s State Park has some eroding and sadly, some sea turtle nests were destroyed by the wave surges.
We walked over an hour down Tyndall AFB’s beach. Less hectic than Panama City Beach, still affected by Hurricane Nate passing through. The rain from the outer bands of the hurricane brought a rise in our humidity and it settled quite nicely over the beach. We walked much closer to the dunes and the grass that lined the upper part of the beach due to the water still rushing onto the shore.
My kids found empty shark egg sacks, Sea Cucumbers caught in the seaweed and branches that were pulled in from the grassy areas. Jelly fish and crabs were scattered along the beach, as well as trash that was caught in the undertow. It was very sad to see plastic bags and fishing line tangled in the seaweed.
It was a good reminder of how quickly Mother Nature can turn and attack. We are never 100% certain of where a hurricane will go until close to the last minute on some occasions and we never really understand the power Mother Nature has until we are personally effected by it.
Between winter storms in Colorado, fires in California, hurricanes and earthquakes, the Earth is angry. It would be wise of us to listen.
Be kind to the Earth and kind to each other. We are all fighting a battle, and in the times of natural disasters, we need to show compassion, kindness, and lend a helping hand any way we can.
Hug a tree and hug a friend. Smile at strangers and love our tribe just a little more today.