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Flip and Flop?
I think you guys get the idea. The Beach! Because I’ll take any reason I can get to go there and to share some pics of the beach with you. And when you’re talking about perfect pairs, like the theme is for this (late) week, then what else is more perfect than all those little things I mentioned? Not much that I can think of 🙂
So as you know, I took a little fall trip to the beach the other weekend with the family. Though it’s always a little sad to go there when it’s cold, because you can’t enjoy lounging on the beach all day and swimming, it’s not sad enough to make me not go. I really could go any time of year. I’m always craving those hot summer days, though. Going in the fall does have its perks, however. Mostly everything is still open, it’s not freezing cold so you can still be outside and enjoy it, and it’s much less crowded — more beach for me! Plus, there is this beautiful things called off-season pricing — you get the nice beachfront rooms, which are insanely expensive during the summer, at a pretty good discount.
So with that, we were lucky enough to get one of those rooms, and had the luxury of being able to just wander out to the beach at sunrise every morning. Yeah, I said I was going to sleep in a recoup on my fall break, but that didn’t happen, and I ended up waking up a little earlier than I normally do. All for a good cause, so I didn’t mind it. Especially since my favorite little part of the beach made a reappearance.
Over the years, the scenery at the beach of Ocean City and Bethany Beach has changed quite a bit. Because it’s just this tiny little peninsula of a town, realistically, it shouldn’t be there anymore. Since people have built it up to be this huge tourist attraction, however, they have also put a considerable amount of effort into beach preservation and restoration. They’ve built up dunes, planted plants, and even pump sand from far off shore to build the beach every winter. It’s been a little sad seeing things change from when I was little; if you couldn’t tell already, I’m sentimental, and I like things to stay the same. I used to love the boardwalk at Bethany — you used to be able to sit there, feet dangling over the edge, and just stare out at the ocean. Now, they’ve built a dune up so high you can’t even see the ocean from the boards. The other thing I missed was the rocks. I don’t know why I loved them so much when I was little, but I did. My brother and I would climb on them and explore them, even though you weren’t really allowed to. It was the best spot to find shells if you did a little digging around them. And I just thought they were pretty. While they were some of the earlier efforts to preserve the beach, I was sad when they were covered up by other methods.
So just about a week or so before we went to the beach, hurricane Joaquin hit the east coast, and that always makes things interesting. My parents, who got there a few days before my brother and I did, kept telling me that there was this “huge drop” by the dunes, but I didn’t really think much of it. Storms, particularly large ones like this, commonly move quite a bit of sand around, but nothing drastic. Well, I was wrong. When I got to the beach, I was surprised to see that the dunes looked like they were cut in half. When approaching it from the boardwalk, they looked the same, but once you got near the top, you could see that there was a drop about 15 feet down — they really took a beating with this storm. Not that I mind, I want them gone! But along with all this sand movement, my rocks reappeared! I was so happy to see them, as silly as that may be. It made me think of all the fun summers spent at the beach while I was younger, and gave me something new to photograph during my sunrise sessions! So while I’m sure they’ll be gone by summer, I was happy to see them for the weekend. Enjoy the rock pictures, as well as a few from my favorite bay side sunset spot 🙂