Sunday morning I was up early to have time for a run along the ocean before heading back to Vermont.
We went to a state park and H was going to sit and read while I ran - also appealing. Reading next to the ocean or running. Actually not a totally easy choice.
This was going to be a shortish run with no hurrying whatsoever. I took lots of pictures and did lots of gawking. First I headed south where I had an awesome ocean view. Part way into the run I realized I was on the biking side of the road, not the running. I really have to think now about which I am doing, it is not automatic. This run was full of many smells mostly the ocean (there is NO better smell) and flowers. I ran as far as I could before the road wound back to town. I stopped to take more pictures of these beautiful flowers.
Soon after I turned around I found an empty bench and stopped and fooled around with the self timer on my camera. I didn't get great pictures but I had fun.
This is the first try, not too bad but the bench is a bit
Still turning around.,
A bit far away. Oh well, I tried.
One thing I liked was that I met a lot of runners and tons of bikers. I definitely had envy and wished I had my bike! It has been years since I have ridden next to the ocean. When the kids were little we always vacationed in Maine and brought our bikes but that was many moons ago. I got back to where we had parked and stopped to say hi to H and tell her I was just going by, I was not done.
As I continued I was still running along the ocean. I also was going by ponds, "houses", rocks. I saw scuba divers in a few places, many many people out fishing, people walking their dogs...... There was a kite festival going on at the beach. It was a great day to be outside enjoying life. As I ran I certainly could tell I wasn't home. I don't run by houses like this in my town.
More beautiful flowers.
This may have been my favorite sight. I loved this gate house. It was so cute. Wouldn't you love to be a kid playing in this? Living in this? The house behind looks just like the gate house from what I could see. I couldn't be too noisy.
So now I was into looking at gates and this was the next one I liked. It was nothing
like the gate house but much nicer than some of the others I went by.
I kept running on always wanting to see what was around the next bend. I finally decided to turn around and head back. There were even more people out enjoying this gorgeous summer day.
I ran out a fishing access road and went on these rocks. I must admit I "screamed" once as I thought I was about to step on a reptile but nope - a wire.
Then I got back to the car and it was time to stop. I hated hated hated to stop as I don't know when I will be running on the ocean again. But it was time.