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Mini Vacay: SOL22 Day 23

Today summer arrived in March with warm Santa Ana winds from the desert bringing 80 degree temperatures to the coast. It was a typical work day–except that I had no after school meetings today. That is a rare occurrence and I took full advantage. I left school at a reasonable hour, called my husband to see if he was interested in heading out for coffee and a peek at the beach, and headed home feeling like we were embarking on a vacation–even if it was of the 60 minute variety!

I’d read on Monday that our beach was getting sand this week–part of an infrastructure project that involves dredging the local lagoon and relocating sand to sand deprived beaches. I wondered just what that would look like.

Sure enough, heavy equipment was parked on the beach and new sand was evident along the shoreline.

We weren’t sure just how much beach there would be for walking, high tide often means the water covers the ground right up the cliff (and walking too close to the cliffs is an accident waiting to happen–cliff failures are well-known in these parts and have been known to be deadly!). But after only a couple steps where my foot squished way down in the brand new muddy sand, we could see plenty of room for walking ahead.

Just like the winds, we headed in the opposite direction today–walking north instead of south. While the sea birds I love to photograph weren’t present, there was plenty of other action to observe. We came across lifeguards training on jet skis, roaring up and over waves, dragging a water stretcher with another helmeted lifeguard aboard. I watched them soar over the whitewater, doing donuts in the surf. I snapped and snapped and snapped, playing with capturing action in a still photograph. (My favorite photo is posted on Instagram, but this one shows the swirl of the water.)

With the sun a warm hug on our shoulders, we continued our walk to a popular surfing area. Like ants, we watched the trail of surfers going up and down to the water’s edge. The weather makes the beach irresistible, calling loudly with blue skies, warm air, and adequate surf, in spite of the not quite warm water (61 degrees).

We couldn’t quite make it to our turnaround point as we watched the waves splashing up all the way to seawall. I couldn’t help but snap these young people trying to time their move from the stairs of this private residence to the shore. (Note the seagull on lookout above).

This afternoon foray to the beach was exactly what I needed today. It’s been a stressful week following a too-short weekend, working on getting report cards finished for an upcoming week of parent conferences, not to mention those frequent after school meetings. Today was a perfect respite–a tiny vacation in the middle of the week spent with the one I love. Sometimes a mini vacay is the perfect solution to the mid-week blues. Thursday–I’m ready for you!

Decadent Dessert: NPM 2019 Day 20

Some days are made for giving into temptation–this was one of them.  Dessert before dinner, yes please.  Where do you find the perfect banana split?  The places from our childhood memories no longer exist.  The local Dairy Queen went out of business over a year ago.  As we drove toward the beach for a walk, we caught a glimpse of the Handel’s ice cream place on the corner.  A quick internet search as we drove by confirmed, that yes, they do make banana splits!  So we added a walk to our walk.  After the beach walk, we walked to the ice cream place for a decadent dessert–before dinner.  The perfect topic for an ode!  (And yes, this is a quick draft…one that requires some more work!)

Ode to a Banana Split

Three sweet creamy mounds

strawberry, chocolate, vanilla

shoulder to shoulder

surrounded by nutritious

delicious (and healthy)

banana slices

more fruit runs down the hills

strawberry and pineapple

mingling with

night-dark chocolate

airy clouds of whipped cream

cling to the mountaintop

a ruby read cherry

shines like the sun

 

I succumb to this sweet temptation

happily shared

two plastic spoons

in perfect synchronicity

shovel in the sweet coolness

each bite

a tiny vacation

right here at home

©Douillard

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