Wednesday, June 28

   My husband and I took a little getaway the past week out to the beach, and may I dare say it definitely made the tops of the best trips we've taken together. Coming back home was hard to do.

  The weather was perfect. The air was warm and salty, the sound of the crashing waves, the hot sand between our toes. It was pure heaven.

  We shared an omelet and coffee together in little café each morning while the sun was coming up behind the water, then we'd walk to the beach to catch some rays and drinks. Caleb took me out for a ride in a cruise boat that took us far out into the ocean where the dolphins swam. They jumped and splashed all through the water, swimming in pairs and groups. They were so beautiful. So happy. I could literally watch them for hours and never tire of it a bit. The closer they came to the boat, the more exhilarating it was. It was so surreal to see these graceful animals so near and close, made me want to reach out and touch them.

  The restaurants along the coast were fantastic. Huge, colorful structures built on piers, full of live music and bustling with laughing people. We tried every restaurant as many times as we could, and each was better than the last.

I didn't take near as many photos on my camera as I wished, but snapchat sufficed since my camera would have suffered to much sand, seaweed, water, and who knows what else. I didn't mind to much leaving it behind.
One evening we took a speed boat out through the bay, sixty feet into the ocean on the outskirts of the island. It went so fast through the water, it almost felt like a roller coaster, bouncing over the waves. There were more dolphins along the way, and fisherman holding up their catch out on the jetties. The water nearly sprayed ten feet in the air from behind the engine, getting us all drenched inside the boat, which felt incredibly delightful under the scorching sun.  Afterwards we went out for music and dinner to celebrate Caleb's 21st birthday that evening on a three story deck, just as the sun was going down over the water. It was so incredibly gorgeous. My heart was so full.

At each nightfall we'd venture out to the beach with a towel and watched the stars come out over the water. There's just something about that vast sky and the sound of the waves that is so therapeutic. It soothes your soul and loosens your tongue. I had so many deep talks with my husband under those stars, leaning on his shoulder while he scribbled hearts into the sand. Complete bliss.

You can find me where the music meets the ocean.

  As much as I enjoyed our beach outings, nothing can feel quite as good as crawling into your own bed, even if the gulf isn't exactly in your backyard. But the summer has just started, and this isn't my  last beach visit of the year! No, just the beginning of many.

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