These photos are from a beach camping trip we took a couple of weeks ago. We camped on Mustang Island which is part of the barrier island that runs along the coast of Texas. The barrier island is largely an undisturbed national seashore - the longest in the world! It's really quite beautiful!
What was suppose to be a weekend of camping turned into a one nighter. Uh huh, yep. We've all had those sorts of camping adventures, right? I've camped on the beach a couple of times with Byron long before Bea was born. It was, well...sandy and messsy and sandy and...you know, everywhere, but I don't remember the intensity of wind that we felt on this particular beach camping trip. The wind was crazy. It whipped our tent all night long. Even while we were zipped up tight (ah...I'm claustrophic!) sand was still blowing inside of our tent. We got 0 sleep. None. At. All. At three in the morning, Bea groans, "Daddy, help us! I've got sand in my mouth!" Daddy to the rescue! Sadly, this was out of Byron's realm of problem solving so it seemed. We all contemplated packing it up and going home. Instead, he and Bea slept in the car and I slept in the tent. Well, none of us really slept. We dozed until daybreak.
"Together we laughed for pure joy - he a baby meeting for the first time the wild tumult of Oceanus, I with the salt of half a lifetime of sea love in me. But I think we felt the same spine-tingling response to the vast, roaring ocean and the wild night around us." Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
And then we got to watch the sun come up over the gulf and that pretty much made us feel alive, awake, small, blessed, humbled. We got to see flocks of pelicans fish as the sky awoke from indigo and violet to the palest of pinks and then finally to bright pink and orange. We combed the beach for seashells and found a near perfect sand dollar.
The water was so warm and restorative. The pallet of the sea and sand was calming and timeless. Bea loved every minute of it, especially since our neighbor loaned her their boogie boards. There is just something about a carefree day at the beach! We should do this more often.