|A view from twelve stories up.|
Yesterday was warm but stormy and the waves were too much for the surfers to even get out far enough to catch a wave. We stopped in to have dinner inside last night at a place we have been to before, Lager Heads. They have a great beer selection and fun appetizers and to make our visit perfect, we had a friendly and efficient waitress. They have a really beautiful place right on the beach.
Today, the rain is gone and the skies show promise of letting the sunshine through this afternoon. I find the ocean calming and can sit and watch it for hours, somewhat like I do at home in front of the fireplace watching the flames. I enjoy letting my mind wander. The waves are a little brown from the rain runoff and sometimes the wind catches them as they break and sending spray flying into the air. The seagulls never tire of circling around and I notice that there are actually several different species.
When I see a cormorant or a pelican, I feel like the ocean gave me a treat. This morning a few dark dolphins swam along the beach in front of me, doing their normal zigzag in and out of the water.
The tiny spec in the distance is now just a little bigger. Since I am near the Navy Station Norfolk, every few minutes I will see or hear a fighter jet screaming through the sky overhead and I wonder what kind of a thrill is it for the guys or girls who get to fly them?
|Fighter jets flying overhead|
How is it they can fly two planes so close together without swerving into each other with a strong gust of wind?
I walked along the boardwalk this morning for a couple of hours and was really glad I was wearing my warm ski jacket as the damp wind was just bitingly cold, but I didn't want to have to sit inside. Landscapers were busy cleaning up after the Nor'easter. I even saw a man standing on top of a fifteen story building that was under construction and hoped he was secure as the wind was pushing me around and I was on the ground.
|Man walking his dog along the beach.|
My eyes play tricks on me as I stare at the waves, watching the rays of sunlight breaking through way out from the shore turning the water a bright green - and I think I see something moving in the water but then it's gone. The horizon is a mix between periwinkle and slate gray with a blanket of puffy clouds just floating in place. When I let my gaze relax, I can sense that the whole mass is moving, but so slowly.
This town is empty. I can count on one hand how many people walked by me during my two hours of walking. They seemed to be people like myself, just enjoying the winter ocean, although there were a couple of folks just wearing shorts and t-shirts - guess the day looked warm outside from inside their hotel room window.
|I love the beach in winter.|
During my jaunt this morning, I stopped in at the Golden City because I was craving some broccoli and rice. I found walking there was easy enough when my Google app told me it was a 10 minute walk. Their store was clean and pleasant and my order went through quickly. My portions were very generous so I saved half for tomorrow. A little of their spicy oil kicked my lunch up a notch - quite satisfying.
|See how far away he is...|
|The surfer is standing on the wave!|
Anyhow, the dot on the horizon is still out there and the surfer has moved out of my line of vision and Eric has returned from work so I will sign off for now...