July 29, 2014

Here comes the bride

Rialto

Whenever I send my parents beach photos, my mother asks, “Did you go swimming?” She spent childhood summers on the Jersey shore, where she and her sister spent hours in the water every day. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where the surf is rough, the water icy cold, and rocks jut out from the sand, no one seems to swim. The beaches we’ve been going to are mostly empty of humans, except for a few who are walking, or making forts from driftwood, or sitting in a sheltered place to enjoy the sun.

To get to our favourite beach this morning, my husband and I hiked through a lush forest of tall hemlocks and spruce, with ferns that were waist high. We saw only a few other people. They were young people who reminded me of my college students: dressed in hiking boots and warm fleeces, they carried packs and we could see their tents set up near the piles of bleached trees that edged the beach. 

We explored four different beaches, each with a different personality. One beach was rocky and windy, with huge piles of driftwood. Another was sandy and sheltered, a calm place where we could sit and talk for hours. We saw no lifeguards and no one in bathing suits. Mostly, we saw seagulls and the occasional hiker. Late in the afternoon, though, we came to a secluded beach at the bottom of a steep trail and found, to our surprise, a young woman in a wedding dress, posing with her groom.

Here comes the bride

7 comments:

Zhoen said...

Gorgeous place, but I can't imagine a leisurely paddle either. But then, I've been watching, Coast Guard, Cape Disappointment.

http://www.weather.com/tv/tvshows/coast-guard-cape-disappointment/coast-guard-cape-disappointment-20140205

Tonya said...

Gorgeous! You should send that photo to the bride.

BrightenedBoy said...

You find beauty everywhere you go.

hkkr said...

Memories from a road trip some years ago -and a long way from my home- are started from your pictures. some of mine are here west coast Thank you for your blogg, I've followed for a while.

jo(e) said...

hkkr: Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing.

manfaat bersama said...

hmmm..nice looking beach..like on dreams

Magpie said...

Oh! What a great wedding picture! I hope they stumble on your blog. (Unless you made contact on the beach?)