Sunrise On The Beach
Sound of The Ocean At Daybreak
A Morning at the Beach
Take a Stress Day
Sometimes you have to drop everything and take time to pull yourself together. With the economy making everyone so budget conscious we have to be creative when planning our stress breaks. Still, with a little creative planning you can take a day trip that will refresh your mind and pull you back together.
This day trip is good for families as well as older adults who are not so active any more. It is also good for spending time with grandchildren. When I started thinking about getting out of the house I had two priorities. 1. Keep costs down. 2. Find an outdoor day trip that did not include being outside in the heat.
The thermostat here in South Texas is still in the upper nineties so for a person like myself who does not tolerate the heat, finding an activity that will not give me heat stroke is important. If you are a sun lover this plan will work for you and your family, too.
A whole day at the beach is more than my husband and I can tolerate, so we decided to get up very early to drive in the dark to Surfside near Freeport, Texas. To be honest the beach was not impressive and it is certainly not a high dollar tourist attraction. However, it was exactly what we were looking for...a place where we could spend a few hours quietly watching the waves roll in listening to the surf and have a romantic breakfast watching the sunrise.
We packed up our patio lawn chairs, a folding table, the ice chest and a tote bag loaded with goodies for breakfast. The menu consisted of corn flakes, 2% milk, fresh bananas, and mini strawberry pecan muffins I baked the night before. At the last minute I added a bag of green seedless grapes. I like things to be nice even for an al fresco breakfast on the beach like the Barefoot Contessa, so I packed the dishes in a large zip lock bag, and a blue tablecloth to make things a bit fancy. We also packed a thermos of water to be used to rinse off the dishes after breakfast.We repacked the dishes into the zip lock bag for transport. I had to have my Diet Coke and we were set! Don’t forget to pack your camera to create a permanent memory of your stress break day!
Our destination was two hours from our home so the drive was part of the plan. We left home around three-thirty in the morning to avoid the traffic we knew we would clog the freeways through downtown Houston on our way to the coast. The drive was pleasant and we were not in a hurry so we took our time.
We arrived at Surfside at five-thirty in the morning in the dark. The sound of waves crashing on the shore was the first thing we noticed as we drove slowly onto the beach area. The sand was packed on the narrow roadway between the beach and the sandy parking area. The picnic tables covered with thatch umbrella roofs were positioned a comfortable distance apart down the beach. We chose a spot we liked and backed the dodge into the sand. In a few minutes we unloaded our patio chairs and were soaking up the sounds of the morning and the waves crashing quite loudly on the shore. The darkness was intense and it was with wonder that I realized we could see the moon and stars shining brilliantly through the darkness above us. Orion and the big dipper seemed to be so close I could reach up and pluck them from the sky.
A breeze blowing off the water kept us cool in spite of the temperature bouncing around between 78 and 80 degrees in the night air. We were the only people on the beach when we arrived. It was pleasant and private sitting in the darkness waiting for the world to come alive with the sun. A jogger with her dog passed us in the dark. We could barely see her outline as she disappeared in the distance. A shooting star lit up the night sky. Amazing! We should have done this before. I could feel the clinched muscles in my neck relaxing as I leaned back in my chair and enjoyed the sounds of the morning.
The sun did not rise all at once, but a gentle pink glow appeared over the water behind the clouds as morning approached. Little by little the glow covered the east behind the black tumultuous clouds. In the dark they had seemed to be thunder clouds so low and ominous they were. As the light advanced the clouds began to dissipate and soon the orb of the sun could be seen rising before us.
We brought out our table and set up for breakfast. It was an enjoyable meal as we watched the sea gulls awaken and search for their morning meal. So many birds were on the beach that we were afraid to offer even a crust of a muffin fearing that we would be mobbed by the hungry birds. A tanker waited off the coast for the tug boats to bring it into the nearby harbor. As we finished our meal the first of the fishermen arrived to survey the water and choose their fishing spot.
A family passed us happily getting ready for their day on the beach while the father grabbed his fishing pole and headed into the water. The early morning jogger returned from her beach front run and commented on the beauty of the morning as she headed back home. The sun brought more beach lovers heading to the water for a day in the sun. A family who enjoys a more active lifestyle could enjoy a very pleasant morning in the water and on the beach with very little expense. We like our privacy so as the beach became crowded we decided to leave. When the sun was high in the sky but the day had not heated up we decided to break camp. It was a lovely morning and we made our leisurely way back home enjoying the drive.
The morning was pleasant and the trip a success. I intend to look for locations closer to our home where we can enjoy the morning without the need for a long drive. It was fun but not something one can do every day or even every week. I will do this again.
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