Intelligently, I turn around and park behind the enormous sand dunes and we get out and . . .
Standing on the beach is exhilarating and humbling at the same time. The wind is blowing and the waves are crashing. Here we are the four of us walking towards the Pacific and as far as the eye can see, there is endless beach bound by the Pacific on one side and these enormous sand dunes on the other.
The next morning after having breakfast we head back to the beach and Birch and Allegra are ready to jump into the Pacific. When we get there Birch, Allegra and I change into our swim wear. Carolyn, who has a good memory, (WINDY, WINDY, WINDY) politely declines and says she would like to catch up on some sleep. The three of us run up the dune and WHOOSH the wind is blowing, the waves are crashing and yes it is SUNNY. As we head towards the Pacific, we hear a sound, VROOM, a touring bus arrives with its cargo and drives down to the beach, stops and out come some other tourists. They stand around with their cameras, take a few photos, jump back in and the driver heads north on the beach. This is so weird seeing a vehicle drive on the beach: we don't do this in Canada!!!
Now our feet are in the water and it is pretty cold, not west coast Pacific cold but cool none the less and yes the wind is blowing BUT it is sunny. Birch is already waist deep. Allegra and I make it to her knees, her belly button and we stand there, staring out. Now Birch is already diving into the waves and motions us to come on. Allegra says she is quite content jumping in the waves at this depth, so I move on towards Birch, it is cold, keep going, finally I jump under a wave and it's not so bad. I reach Birch and we go out a little further to some bigger waves and start diving at them head first. After ten minutes I motion to Birch to head back and we ride a couple of waves back to shore. Now I am standing out of the water and it is COLD, but SUNNY. We ask Allegra if she wants to jump in further and she is quite happy getting only half wet. Birch wants to go back in and so he does and Allegra and I watch him dive into the waves.
What a nice way to start our day. I am grateful.