*** The beach (any beach!) truly is one of my favorite destinations on earth. Elegance and poise, however, will never be my companions there. Traipsing across a sun-baked dune... with a folding chair and tote bag in hand... in the 105 degree heat... will never a pretty picture make. Let-me-just-make-it-to-the-hard-packed-sand-without-falling-smack-on-my-face is more often the manner in which I trudge.
*** As much as I LOVE watching my children delight in the sand and the pounding surf, the opportunity to sit in a chair... under an umbrella... with a single book... for hours on end... is truly a heavenly treat.
*** The sound of the ocean's roar is one of the most glorious in all of creation.
*** While on the surface, time alone seems like a wonderful thing... nothing really compares to sharing LIFE with the ones you love.
*** People-watching surely is an enlightening experience... one that generally begs more questions than it answers and one that inevitably establishes for me-- over and over again-- how very blessed I am and how very much I love MY wild & crazy crew.
*** Ice-cold Dr. Pepper... on the blistering sand... is surely a gift from heaven's hand.
*** Renting an umbrella for $10/day is worth every single penny... and then some.
*** With regard to actually getting to the beach-- it really is important to jot down the directions in their entirety. Skipping even just one little step may add significant travel time to your day. Just sayin'.
*** Watching a stingray flop back to the sea after being cut loose from a fisherman's line is truly a breath-taking experience.
*** Porpoises off the coast-- who frolic and play... surely as God intended-- bring a smile to my face... every single time.