This past week I enjoyed 8 days at the beach with my family. I’ll wait while all the jealous, wicked thoughts float through your head. We had great weather and everyday we ate breakfast watching the waves before the beach became over-crowded. There was one day of rain during which we toured the USS North Carolina. Overall a very relaxing and enjoyable week.
One thing I miss while on vacation is our dog. She goes to a Puppy Hotel while we have fun. The picture to the left is her while my husband fills up the gas tank on our way to drop her off. She’s such a cutie.
Maybe because I missed her so much, I noticed the difference in wildlife between our home and the beach. Here in Central NC, we see squirrels, songbirds (morning doves, robins, cardinals, bluebirds, and bluejays), hawks, rabbits and deer. But at the beach every morning, we watched a row of 5 pelicans skim along the top of the water. We saw gaggles of Sea Gulls, a few Willets and an Egret. Other animals included fish, jellyfish, crabs, coquina clams, and turtles.
Usually they disappear into background and are ignored as part of the landscape. But this year my brain noted every single type of wildlife. Some people people-watch, but this year I animal-watched. A writers brain never turns off and I think mine was subconsciously working on worldbuilding by reminding me that different areas of a country have different flora and fauna. Everyone knows this but it doesn’t really hit home until you take note of it.
Spending time in the water is a requirement on any beach trip. Except my kids refuse to go into the ocean. They love the pools and hot tubs. I can’t tell which they dislike more: the sand or the salt water. Fortunately my parents were along and I had someone to join me in the ocean. I mean what’s the point of a beach trip if you spend all your time at the pool?
Are you an ocean person or is a dip in the pool your preferred pruning mechanism?