I’ve been escaping to the shore every weekend.
It just ends up being that way. I dragged my friend out onto the pier on Saturday for dinner and a lazy stroll. It was a good way to get some relief from the weather (last week was high 80s – mid 90s for us here in Southern California.) It’s about fifteen degrees cooler out by the water, and it was so relieving to not feel like you were in an oven for an afternoon. I sunk my ankles into the ocean; the water was startling but a welcome respite from the hot sand.
This is very Californian–we are very casual. Then again it’s a typical beach scene. But at some point I think most young guys growing up in my town have worn boardshorts as real shorts. I’ve worn bikini tops as underwear in a pinch, and in high school and college I had a towel, flip flops, and sunscreen in my car on any given day. I didn’t surf, but I swam at the school aquatics complex a lot, and there were a few summers where I got into bodyboarding (I’m not very good at it though.)
I feel a lot happier when I’m out near the water. I think that much is evident by how often I come to these places. I am very glad I bought that parking pass–boy am I getting my money’s worth out of it. If I’m ever in doubt of what I’m doing for the weekend, going to the beach is a ready solution to “I’m bored.”
On Sunday I went to Crystal Cove for a leisurely hike with friends. This was my first time to these cliffs and rocks. I usually head south of the coast toward Laguna Beach, but with my friends we were able to adventure to this little cave and out onto the rocks beyond. It was fun looking through the tidepools! We saw a very small crab scuttle across the sand, but no hermit crabs or sea anemones on this trip.
I want to become strong and lithe enough to not be afraid to go exploring. I’ve got a long ways to go to earn my “billy goat” badge, but with time and much training I will be better!
Hope everyone’s weekends went well. How do you spend your off-time–are you an indoors or outdoors person?