I have always liked the summer. There is more time to slow down and enjoy life and get outside and be active. This summer, we are enjoying walks in the evening around the neighborhood while Ian rides his tricycle. It’s still early enough, that the humidity isn’t too high yet.
Later in the summer we have to either be inside in the air conditioning or enjoying some body of water. We enjoy the chance to go swimming at the pool, be on the lake and a friend’s new boat, or go to the beach.
Not everyone likes the beach, but I always have. There is something magical and calming to me about the ebb and flow of the waves. When I am stressed and can stand and look at that water and feel the breeze and breath deeply, it just calms me down. How about you?
In fact, the background picture on my computer is a photo of me at the shoreline. Each time I look at that picture, I smile and remember a fun time and marvel at the beauty of the sun, waves, and sand.
Over the past five years, I have been fortunate to go with my family to two very different but equally fabulous beaches.
The first was on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, Florida. This was the first beach that Ian went to as a baby. He was fascinated at the feel of the sand in his fingers and on his toes. Here he is exploring this beach.
This is a great shelling beach and I have found a vase full of gorgeous treasures. Each time I went to the sand, I came back with my pockets full of shells.
Only residents and visitors would go to this beach since it was right in front of a community. So, there were times when we were the only ones there and that was quite special.
Also, the water was a lovely turquoise color and the waves were calm enough to have Ian get his feet wet as he got a little bit older.
The second beach is Mission Beach in San Diego, California (pictured at the top of this blog). I have told you about this beach many times. This is the one my family went to as I was growing up. I have photos of when I was about 6 months old at this beach. And, there is a picture of me crawling very quickly towards the water.
At this beach, there is a lot of seaweed, very strong waves which are great for surfing or body surfing, and chilly water. It is perfect for a hot summer day to take a dip in this water. You come out feeling reinvigorated.
I have always liked a sunset into the ocean and have seen hundreds of them over the years. And, I grew up wearing a sweater at sunset since it always cooled down just a little.
The first time that Ian went with me to this beach was incredibly special and I realized how blessed I was that we now have four generations of our family who have enjoyed that same sand and surf.
Whatever your favorites are in the summer, I hope you can enjoy them to the fullest!