It seems even in the middle of summer it is never warm enough to take off my shoes and walk barefoot in the sand (For me, anyways. I have seen people walking barefoot on this beach when there's snow on it). So last week as I was correcting papers in my office on campus the sunshine beckoned me and I took my grading out to Bishop's Beach, kicked off my shoes, took off my jacket (do you know how long it has been since I've been able to do that?!) and rolled up my pants legs. There is plenty of driftwood to use as backrests and sand to shape into a chair just so. It has been so long since I felt warmth like that outdoors that I just soaked it up for 2 hours, and left with a gorgeous tan!
Before you think it was perfect....a couple of high school kids came crashing down the bank behind me and started setting off firecrackers. They kept setting them off closer and closer to me. Finally, when I turned around, one kid realized he knew me. They were so embarrassed they left, so I was back to my idyllic tranquility.
Even better, I'd planned a beachwalk for that day with the 7th & 8th grade religion class I teach, so after 2 hours of hanging out, I went and got them, we walked down to the beach and painted rocks to take home.
Like I said a few blog entries ago, I sure appreciate sunshine and warmth more now than ever before!