Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beach Photos

One of the fun experiences from my weekend with my fellow writer chicks was our walk to the Kindred Spirit mailbox.  If you've read Marybeth Whalen's book The Mailbox, this is the beach town and this is the mailbox that novel is based on.  It's not often you get to walk with an author through the setting and scenes of their novels.  So here were are - baseball caps, dark sunglasses, no makeup, big smiles and all.

us walking to the mailbox  On the nearly 4 mile round trip walk down undeveloped beach together, we talked a lot, paused to take pictures of shells or jellyfish, and a few of us even developed blisters on the bottom of our feet!

us gathered around mailbox

  Me, Marybeth, Lisa Shea, Alice Wisler, Mary DeMuth:

     all of us minus Whittle at the mailbox

We finally made it to the Kindred Spirit.  It was chocked full of letters and notebooks and pens.  Reams of words were poured out onto those pages. Some from locals, many from tourists.  Some lighthearted notes, others letters filled with anguish.

me and MB with Kindred Spirit notebooks  me reading Kindred Spirit notebook

Here I am looking through some of the entries in one of the notebooks.   I couldn’t find a single unused page to write on.  

Marybeth found a spot in another notebook and wrote an entry about our visit – listing out all of our names.

                                                    mb writing in notebook

me and MB at mailbox 1


Me & one of my favorite gals, Marybeth.  If you look closely, her hat says “The Mailbox” in rhinestones.  Fashion star Shari Braendel made it for her. She’s also got a picture of her book cover on her t-shirt and a copy of the novel with her …. which made for this perfect shot of The Mailbox in the mailbox:


                                     The Mailbox in the mailbox

Photo credits: Mary E. DeMuth

Thankful for like-minded friends.


  1. How fun! Looks like a neat trip and book!

  2. What a great time! Y'all look adorable--no make up and all!! You are at the beach!!!

    I want to get a copy of her book soon. My post yesterday was listing your fav summer reads. Hop over and add her book to the list!!


  3. Yay! What a wonderful time for all of you!!!! I can't think of a better place for friendship and writing.

  4. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  5. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    I've been seeing you tweet about this all day! Looks like you all had a lot of fun. I need to grab that book although I won't get around to reading it until August!

  6. Wowzie -- what a great group of women!!!!! And the photographs are just beautiful and touching! I feel like we were all there with you. How great that you were at THE mailbox!!

    Oh these memories will linger loooooonnnngggg in your hearts! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Many thanks for the encouraging words regarding Joseph.
    I'll be visiting the Kindred Spirit next week; maybe I'll read something you wrote.

  8. Love it! Looks like you gals had a fabulous weekend! Will be visiting that mailbox myself in a few days. Can't wait!

  9. Looks like you all had a wonderful trip! The pictures alone could tell the story. :-)

  10. I love time with the girls....and baseball caps! :) I keep saying I can't wait to read this book, but still haven't got it....I may save it for our road trip to Disney in 4 weeks! :)

  11. AnonymousJune 22, 2010

    Just another reason to love you.....your a STEELERS fan!!! Glad you enjoyed your time....

    Tracy in CA :O)


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