Down the Shore!

Heart in the sky!

The “Week of Positives” may be over but I have more pics to share. This summer, more than ever, “finding the extraordinary in the ordinary” wasn’t just a tagline to my blog.

Growing up in Baltimore, everyone I knew loved Ocean City, MD. It may be have been three hours away, but that didn’t stop my friends and I from making day trips to Chesapeake Bay and beyond. (We’d leave at the crack of dawn and get back at midnight!) Family vacations to OC always included days on the beach, hours in the ocean, French fries with vinegar, popcorn, ice cream, and salt water taffy. Who can forget the smell of salt air mixed with heat-press transfers at tee-shirt shops on the boardwalk? Who can forget collecting seashells? Who can forget the enormous sandcastles spotlighted at night? Who can forget the feeling of summer?

Living in New Jersey, we go “down the shore” whenever we can. Guess what, hon? My mom loved the beach too, and since she grew up in Morristown, NJ, went “down the shore” with her family to Bradley Beach. Yesterday would have been her 79th birthday, so this post is dedicated to her, one extremely Brave Girl.

Surfer at Avon-by-the-Sea.

Barnegat Lighthouse.

Top Five Reasons Why Myrtle Beach Is Different Than The Jersey Shore

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Canonball Jellyfish
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Top Five Reasons Why Myrtle Beach Is Different Than The Jersey Shore:

1. You don’t have to buy a beach badge to get on the beach.

2. A forest comes almost up to the ocean.

3. Seagulls don’t give you the hairy eyeball vying for your snacks.

4. Everyone says “hi” when you stroll on the beach.

5. There are no signs illustrating what to do if you get caught in a riptide.

Plus:

My youngest daughter and I found beautiful seashells

and

the Canonball Jellyfish are so cool!  They don’t have tentacles and are considered harmless to humans (although I found differing views on the internet).  I wasn’t sure if the one I found beached on the sand was alive, but something fluttered inside when I touched it.  Guess what I did?  Picked it up and put it back in the ocean, of course.  Hon, hope it made it back to the deep sea.

Have you been to Myrtle Beach?

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Full moon in the sunset sky.
Full moon in the sunset sky.

Beach Darling

 

The expressive sand allows us to be ourselves. The scent of the salty air delivers childhood memories to the present. The radiant sun warms our souls. The infinite, blue sky absorbs our thoughts. The expansive ocean invites us to cool down. The insistent waves urge us to stand strong and the powerful sound of the surf helps us to clear our minds.  My beach darling and I meditate at edge of the Atlantic.