But summer is all heat, humidity, and trips to the beach.
We are fortunate enough to live 25 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and we go as often as we can but not nearly enough. Some mornings - when I'm not at work - I drive out to the island and walk for an hour or so, alone with my thoughts and the passing waves. Thursday evenings are picnics on the beach and watching the moonrise. There are dolphins and pelicans and seagulls that think every grape, every potato chip is meant for them.
Living on the coast brings afternoon thunderstorms and sudden rain showers. They do nothing to cool off the sticky humidity and you can watch the rain evaporate off the pavement in little clouds almost immediately after it's fallen.
Sunday mornings are perfect for taking out the kayaks and paddling around the waterways and marshes. There's a sandbar between Tybee and Little Tybee Islands. We haven't been out there, yet, but it's a lovely place, I've seen, where boats can get out there and leave the crowded beaches behind. And Little Tybee? Well, it's bigger than Tybee Island but it's a protected wild place and you can only get there via water transportation. I think you can camp there with permission. We haven't gone that native.
Dolphins are everywhere around the island and we've had them come up to our kayaks and swim alongside us. Several times there have been mama dolphins with babies at their sides. As tempting as it is to reach out and try to touch them, I let them alone, content to let them accompany me from open water back into the marshes where they guide me safely through the shrimp boats, sail boats, and Coast Guard skimmers.
Many of our friends prefer the mountains and I do love to head to North Georgia once in a while to bask in the beauty of old Appalachia. But my soul belongs by the sea. I can't imagine not living by the sea. For years we dreamed of living here and finally, after making a very rash and very crazy decision, here we are. We don't own the beach house dream, yet, but we're on the way.
This Summer, I wish you visits to as many beautiful locations as you can make. Whether you love the mountains or the beach, I hope you can escape to one or the other (or both!) at least once. Breathe, let loose, and forget, for a moment, that you have work, deadlines, obligations. Look at the beauty of nature around you and remember that you are a part of a vast community. That the story is bigger than you are. That you really are OK.
Where's your favorite place to spend summer holidays?
Do you live near your preferred natural treasure or do you have to trek a bit farther?
What was the last crazy, impetuous thing you did that turned into a dream come true?
What's one thing you can do this Summer to push yourself a little closer towards your goals?
PS: Be sure and stop by on WEDNESDAY! I've got a very special guest who'll be promoting her NEW BOOK! WOO-HOO! *confetti*