I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, May 31, 2013

Random Walks

Hi! From the comments it seems we ALL love foggy beach days!
Including me, but the recent threats of thunderstorms along with the foggy days have kept me from walking far down the beach. One of the most dangerous spots in a thunderstorm is supposed to be the beach, although I have to say I never actually heard of anyone being hit by lightning on the beach here? You can see there is nowhere to shelter or hide...

So one blustery grey day I went back to the bird sanctuary to check on the turtles and ospreys....

No turtle eggs, or baby turtles at the park. On my beach I did see these distincitve zipper-like tracks, which implies there's turtles here somewhere, if hidden...
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Word is they have gone upscale and live in massive numbers in the sand traps of the golf course! The golfers call them snapping turtles...I am not sure what they are, but I'd hate to get ''snapped''....

The ospreys are busy!

They search these hidden pools of water for small fish to feed their ravenous babies.

So anyway that day was windy but clear...and all of a sudden, as I was hiking the trails, the fog rolled in. Fast!

And I got lost. Hard to imagine. This is a small park, in the sense that it is just maybe a quarter mile of roadfront. But it extends way out into the marsh. And I was, well, scared?...Suddenly could see nothing familiar. I had taken the wet trail way north into the bog.

Everything looks so different in the park since all the trees are down from the hurricane. It is still very brown, too, salt and wind damage.....

There I was, lost, a mile from home!

Of course not really and despite all the conflicting signs, arrows pointing every which way, all saying [so useful] Trail...why not, um, Parking Lot?---- I found my back to the car.


The worst part was that the fog had prefaced the arrival of a spring thunderstorm.


Weather Bug had let me down, no warnings online...and my kids were watching the TV reports with dire red warning banners and worrying! But all was well...

Next time I'll leave a trail of....?



.............. gone the beach