The beautiful black beach
We have been living in our house for exactly 3 weeks and are enjoying our beach more and more every day. “Our beach” is about 100 feet from the front door. I’ve vacationed on the beach before, but never spent more than a week at a time at the same place. Nor have I much experience with a natural beach (ie. one that isn’t combed, cleaned, driven on, shaped, reefed, etc). So getting to know a beach is a whole new expereince.
It is fascinating how it is constantly changing. From one day to the next, the sand moves around, different things wash up and other things wash out. Somedays the waves crash into the shore with huge force and others days they quietly lap into the sand. And the light – wow – the light! The lighting is constantly changing as it bounces off the water and whatever clouds are around. Even in the night (currently full moon), no matter the hour, the view is changing.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a purse at her house just for me. Every time I would visit, there would be something new in the purse. It would be such a little thing, yet it was so exciting to see the change. The beach is like that. Every time we go there is something new to find: a new fish washed up, or new bird we haven’t seen, or even mountains in the distance popping out. This week the tail of a hurricane blew through and we had the chance to see the beach in 60km winds. Last week we found a dead sea turtle washed up (about 1 metre around!).
I was initially scared of entering the water here. The waves are STRONG and I’ve never felt anything pull with such force. We only let the kids put their toes in (and with their lifejackets on!). However, last week we took a surf lesson and were brutally (i.e. think of sand and salt in every place that I wouldn’t mention on this blog) introduced to what it is to go out into these waves. And we survived – and sorta had fun. Another lesson tomorrow and more on that later!
We are now a bit more brave in the water. I’d say that today we started to enjoy it while catching some waves on the boogie board. For the kids though we still hang on to them tight and let them just experience the waves on the edge….and playing in the sand.