We’ve been coming to the same beach house for close to twenty years. When we first began, of course, there wasn’t any Internet and we didn’t have cell phones. We were truly unplugged–although we’d probably never used that term. Now, we dip in and out, and you’ll have to believe me that we’ve had such full days it feels good to further unwind with some computer time…the last game of Uno was played, books were read, and children are now in bed. Ahhhhh…..
I thought I’d hop on the Internet while I have it! It comes and goes, but it’s really quite phenomenal we have it at all. A very enterprising beach rental company blankets the area with free WiFi and although it’s a little slow in the evenings when everyone in the area is taking advantage of the connectivity, it’s nice to just check in.
We are having typical Southern California beach weather. The sun doesn’t make a full appearance until sometime in the early afternoon. It’s there, giving a little warmth, but the marine layer is heavy and the fog banks are low on the horizon. It doesn’t dampen any enthusiasm. We know the sun is coming.
This morning we watched young pre-highschool-aged children learning to surf. Sophia has now decided she’d like to surf.
Southern California surfers…in the making! The water seemed cold to me, but they were having a wonderful time. It was fun watching some of them get up on their boards for more than likely the first time.
I’ve never been this close to a Pelican before, but he was squarely perched on the pier and seemed delighted at the attention.
I took a nice long walk along the boardwalk today, camera in hand, just to see what I might find interesting. It didn’t take long!
Off to their left is the most beautiful stretch of Pacific Ocean…were they in a hurry? And they all appear to be looking in the opposite direction. Oh but I have so many unanswered questions, don’t you?
On the same walk I headed over a few blocks to the Marina and Back Bay. It’s another scenic spot on the way to Balboa Island where my family stayed when I was a child. I’ll be sharing more about Balboa later, but before I began my return trip I could hear quite a clamor. I followed the familiar barking noise and saw two seals aboard someone’s boat. It didn’t seem to me that any humans were onboard, but these two fellas were having quite a time of it!
I found a little beach condo with a spectacular view of the ocean…for Darwin! It was a good sized beach Tortoise Shack, but I think we’d need to enlarge the entrance. Someone had a nice little beach place, though!
Sunset is 7:57 PM…so we need to keep moving if we are going to fully enjoy it. I like to be back on the beach by 7:15 to watch the sun fully set. If the fog rolls in we might not catch it fully slip into the sea, but we honor the ritual to its full extent.
Goodnight Mr. Sun! We’ll have another full day tomorrow…see you then!
Breathing so much lighter, and a lot of lovely salt air…Debra