Nothing beats heading to the Florida beaches to escape the cold Northeast winters. Before I retired early, I didn't think that I would be one of those "snowbirds" that flew south for the winter. We haven't yet made the commitment to go there for the full winter yet, but an extended stay there is always in the plans. When faced with the choice between piles and piles of snow with frigid temperatures and walking along the beach seeing a sailboat just passing by, the decision is quite easy. This photo was taken from Siesta Key. I wanted to choose a minimalist feel to how I felt, and thought that the birds anchored the sailboat quite well.