What can you even say about the beach? Any descriptor words and emotions about the ocean seem like the most obvious cliché ever: Long walks on the beach | Gazing off to the end of the earth | The sun setting on that elusive skyline somewhere out there | The ebbing and flowing of the tide mimicking real life.
There's so many euphemisms, so many clichés, so many unoriginal thoughts about what the ocean means to us. "Us" being these tiny people, who still feel small when we stand beside the ocean (oh man,there's another one).
But the funny thing is: They are all outstandingly true. The ocean does cast a spell on all who visit. I notice it in a variety of ways ...
The beach evokes the animal lover side in you.
(^I call Squirrels & Seahawks free pets. Sooooo cute. )
The beach evokes the most emotional side in you.
(^Discussing our lives while dodging a rocky walk and an emotional ocean = SO MANY FEELINGS )
The beach evokes the exploring side in you.
The beach evokes the "way to weekend perfectly!" side in you.
(^A weekend at the coast is far better than one in Portland. Pretty much always. )
The beach evokes the artistic side of you.
(^I had just gotten a bunch of colored camera lenses for xmas this year, which I used for these shots. )
The beach evokes the physical side of you.
(^Dude, this was a 5-hour hike. Worth every bit of sweat for those views. )
The beach evokes the child in you.
(^Jumping pictures honestly make me awkward to look at. Including this one. Try-Hard phobia, and I deserve the blame here. )
The beach evokes the 'GO FOR IT' attitude side in you.
(^Jay (left- in orange) starting a run at 7:30 AM on our day of vacation)
The beach evokes the sentimental side in you.
The beach evokes the "nature is art" side of you.
(^One of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. And I sat there for 30 minutes to get all the settings right on my camera. )
The beach evokes the just be yourself side in you.
The beach evokes the "It may be winter, but we're enjoying summer views" side in you.
The beach evokes the most romantic side of you.
The beach evokes the environmental side in you.
The beach evokes the 'what's important' side in you.
(^New Year's DAY 2015 with my Mom on the Oregon Coast. The best. Minus that spaghetti strip of hair. What the beeeeeeeeeeeeeepppppp????)
The beach evokes the 'simple joys' side in you.
The beach evokes the questioning side of you.
The beach evokes the I love my friends side in you.
The beach evokes the boundless energy side of you.
The beach evokes the independent side of you.
The beach evokes the happiness in you.
I have been spoiled having the Oregon coast a mere 50 minutes away much of my life. I know whenever our Midwest relatives come to visit they can't kick off their shoes and race from the car to the crashing waves fast enough which serves as a nice reminder that not everyone gets access to this when they want. Not everyone can be off work at 4:45 and be seated at dinner with a view of soaring sea hawks by 6 PM.
I complain a lot about my home state: We have hipsters (eye roll, barf, etc. etc.), an illegal amount of fleece jackets, rainfall that rivals a shower head & 5-star restaurants frequented by people in Teva sandals and socks but... we do have the ocean. And if I think really hard about that- that is more than enough.