Sunrise and sand

(This morning’s sunrise.)

I love the colors here.  At sunrise and sunset the water and sky take on hues of pink and purple with smears and blots of yellow and orange.  During the day the water is a variety of blues and greens with turquoise being my favorite.  The water is clear and this area seems to be a popular spot for snorkeling.

I went for a walk on the beach by myself early this morning.  At the risk of sounding like I’m writing a personals ad, I love long walks on the beach.  It’s a good way to clear the mind and soul while getting some exercise.

There weren’t many other people out and about.  Mostly workers at some of the hotels and resorts.  One guy with a shovel was digging a big hole near the steps of a hotel.  He was going at it as if he was looking for buried treasure, but maybe he just wanted to get the job over with.  A little further down the beach was another man with a big rake similar to the one we use to clear weeds from our pond.  He was raking the sand, making pretty patterns outside the gate of a hotel/resort.  I wondered why he was doing it (or why the hotel/resort management would have him doing it) since there was not a lot of beach there and the ocean would come up and wash away the patterns at high tide.  But he seemed to be relaxed in what he was doing, in a Zen-like  way.  Or maybe I just saw the scene that way because I think of raking sand as a Zen sort of thing to do.

The sand on the beaches of the Jersey shore and the area where we stay in San Diego is hard-packed when you get near the water.  It’s easy to walk on (or at least easier than walking on the soft, dry sand).  Here at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea the sand is soft everywhere.  You sink and slide a bit when you take a step.  It doesn’t take long to feel the exercise part of the walking.  As far as my legs were concerned, it was a little like walking through snow.  Only much warmer.

Someone just put the flags up around the pool deck.  You’ll notice from the photo below (taken yesterday) that there is an international flair here.  Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, according to the Chamber of Commerce, is popular with European and Canadian tourists.  I’ve noticed a lot of British accents and we met a man from Quebec in the poolside hot tub yesterday.  He and his family have been coming here almost every year since the early 1980’s.  They missed one year due to the resort being closed because of a hurricane.  He talked a little about the people he’s met here, some coming the same week year after year, and how he’s watched the children grow up and have children of their own.  He said, “I’m the old man now.”

I’m not sure what the plan is for today, if there is a plan at all.  I think we’ll just hang out at the beach or on the pool deck, reading, swimming, relaxing, and watching the waves roll in.