Good-bye to the Sea

20150417-beach goodbye 037We went to the gulf beach last night to watch the sunset because we are leaving tomorrow for Michigan. I went to say good-bye until next fall. It wasn’t much of a sunset because of clouds on the horizon, but it was a perfect evening.

We are leaving a week earlier than I had planned because of the unusually warm spring. That is an understatement because the temperature has been in the high 80’s (Fahrenheit) with high humidity every day for the past month or so. I find these high temperatures as difficult as the winter cold up north, and I get tired of living under air. But the heat made for a perfect evening on the beach.20150417-beach goodbye 038

As we walked towards the beach I could feel the calm. There were less people as most of the tourists have left along with a lot of the seasonal renters – and everyone was moving to a slower, quieter beat. I could feel myself walking into the calm, every nerve in my body relaxing. The water was sheeting the shore, inviting me to walk in it’s shallows.

20150417-beach goodbye 024At 8:00 the temp was still 81, and the water temperature was 83. It is such a strange experience to feel warm water coming to shore from such depths. I spent a lifetime in the Great Lakes, and that water is always cold, unless it is colder. I don’t expect an ocean to be warm.

20150417-beach goodbye 027I didn’t want to focus on the intensity of a setting sun, and I didn’t want the distraction of being with people on the pier. This evening the gentle surface of the water is what fed my soul. It is moments like these that I am filled with awe and wonder of the world. It is moments like this that confirm my belief in a God who knows how to create great mysteries, mysteries I experience beyond my understanding in these calming walks at water’s edge in the still of a warm evening.

Now I am ready to move on to the great mysteries of the Great Lakes.

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  1. I lived in Saginaw, Michigan for over a year, which was close to Lake Huron. Although Saginaw Bay was not safe to swim in (sadly), we did head to the upper peninsula and visited Mackinac Island. The water up there is crystal clean and, of course, cold. So pretty!

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    • Thanks, Carol. Yes, the water there is cold but Lake Superior is even colder. Because it is what I grew up with, I really love the Great Lakes sand beaches. The shell sand here is sticky so it is difficult to get off feet and shoes. I also like fresh water better than salt – but people who grew up by the oceans love the salt water.

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  2. Maybe not the most spectacular sunset, but such beautiful colours, and very tranquil. Enjoy your journey north, and I hope the climate feels kinder there.

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    • Sometimes I enjoy the colors of the less spectacular sunsets better. We haven’t learned to read what kind of sunset we will get from looking at the early evening sky. We are about a five or ten minute drive from the beach depending on lights and traffic.

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  3. There are few things quite as calming and satifying as a walk along the waters edge. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and these photographs. I can almost feel the cold water on my feet.

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