Soooo, it’s clearly been awhile, okay, a very long while, since I’ve posted here. I can give the typical excuses: work, kids, where’s the time go, you know the litany. My answer is the same on my SATs (D) – all of the above :-). Anyhow, all jokes aside, in my (manageable) list of 5 New Years Resolutions, I am officially resolving to spend more time at the beach this year. I find when you write things down, they actually do happen. It goes into the “universe” and therefore, on whatever level, you become accountable. So, to all of you reading this – I am now accountable – to my family and myself for getting our arses down to the beach more frequently. The benefit is clear – rest, relax, fuel up, spend quality time, make memories, the list goes on and on.
My amazing husband sent me this link (was it a hint?) probably yes. Anyhow, it was so good it kicked me in the proverbial and forced me to make the beach visits on my Top 5 Resolutions.
The Farmers Almanac and accuweather.com are both consistent in predicting a much colder winter than we’ve had in some time and above average snowfall in the Northeast and Midwest. Brrrrr. Who wants that? Not you. Come escape the bitter cold and the backbreaking shoveling and enjoy warm coffee on our deck that looks out into the ocean. Need more incentive? How about sinking into luxurious beds that wrap your body in comfort? One more – our home is not your typical snowbird rental or beach getaway. Its a true home that’s been invested in and cared for and waiting for you to experience the luxury our guests have.
We have painted the interior and the exterior was painted last fall. We upgraded our HVAC this summer, we have brand new deck furniture and have stocked the kitchen even more. You will truly find everything you need at our home – inside, outside and at our little slice of heaven – Holden Beach. What are you waiting for?
So what would you do if you were laying out on the beach and all the sudden saw something about 10 feet long, black and right in the break of the wave? Freak? I might. But, my odd sense of curiosity would get the better of me and once I knew my family and I were safe, I’d investigate. In fact, I am quite certain my 10 year old daughter would be in lock step with me.
Okay – so what’s the deal? How about a big ol’ gator rolling ashore! WOW!!! We weren’t down there to see it, but I wish would have been. Here’s the skinny from the Brunswick Beacon!
“Shane Holden took this photo of crews rescuing an alligator from the ocean surf in Holden Beach today. He writes: “About once every few years we get an alligator that gets flushed out of the Lockwood Folly river just to our east. When it rains a lot an alligator gets washed out the river into the ocean. This morning, we had a big one! He was about 11ft and weighed over 200lbs. It played in the surf for over 2 hours while we wiated for the Wildlife guy to show up and remove it.”
As March Madness winds down to a depressing non-Carolina finish, a trip to the beach reminded me that my passion for Carolina Blue still lives!
How you say?
After Kendall Marshall broke his wrist, I have to admit, my hopes were dashed for another crown…and sure enough…it played out. The potential of my Hoops Pool winnings went from a $225 payout (a standing I held for a most of they tourney). March Madness Depression, let’s go ahead and name this as an official condition, struck me hard.
But wait! This weekend, we went to Holden Beach and with the richness of the Carolina Blue sky surrounding us and the sun glittering on the casual tiny waves, all cares were washed away. The sky was such a deep gorgeous blue and there were tons of birds and dolphins all around. We helped clean up the beach, filling less than a quarter of a trash bag because there is literally no trash. We fed the birds crackers and and dug for the little clam like things. For real….that’s the ultimate cure.
Enjoy the photo…and then come live the experience!