Back from an amazing weekend with my friends. We go away together every labor day weekend, this year to the Pacific Coast in WA. Six family units, 11 adults, 3 kids, ages 1.5, 4 and 9. We played games, cooked amazing food, walked on the beach, swam in the ocean, and generally got to enjoy eachothers' company. It was one of those weekends that nourishes the soul!
Saturday I walked on the beach, at least three times with different configurations of friends. One of the walks, we saw an eagle, sitting ankle deep in the surf. Looking like a rumpled chicken. It was awesome-- such a magestic creature looking so ordinary. I wished I had my camera, but alas, it was shabbat.
Sunday we walked around a cranberry bog and I thought of Nini. Then I went swimming at "wikiki" beach. The surf was high, but the water shallow, so easy to get past the breakers. I swam with my friend D. We swim together every Labor Day. But this year I realized I took him in over his head, so to speak. He's a strong fit man. But he's not in the swim shape I am. When we entered the water, the current was clearly pulling us in to shore, but as we swam out along the seawall, the current started pushing us out. My rule when I swim is "always make the safer decision". So if the choice is "go a little further" or "turn around because the current changed" well, you turn around. As we started back, D said "I don't think we are making progress". I looked at the seawall, and saw that we were, and pointed it out to him. We swam hard for about 5 min, then hit the place where the current changed again, and were home free. After, D said that it was a "very hard swim". I didn't feel it was that hard. So I think I need to not expect D to keep up with me anymore. That feels kick ass for me.
Monday, I woke up early and went for a walk on the beach by myself. Had some time for reflection. Then we packed up the house. On the way home we stopped at a state park and went for a "hike". It was about 2.5 miles round trip, to a waterfall and back. The water at the fall was icy cold, so I stuck my feet in it. It was a great hike and a wonderful way to extend the weekend just a bit.
And bonus-- traffic on the way home wasn't bad at all!!