I’m a pretty lucky gal and on a day like yesterday, I’m reminded just how fortunate I am. My family and I live near the coast but we still have to travel half an hour to see it. It’s a beautiful drive but when we arrive, most of the time it’s foggy and cold (to be expected in Northern California) but lucky for us, yesterday was not! Yesterday the family spent a blissful afternoon out at Bodega, repeating the same kite and clam chowder adventure we do several times a year.
I have both a love and fear of the ocean. I’m drawn to the visual beauty and rhythmic sounds of the surf beating on the sand, but the power of the ocean still frightens me since I almost drowned in it as a young girl after I was caught in an undertow. I’ve snorkeled in deep water but I refuse to swim in the waves, and yet I still can’t resist the allure of a beautiful Northern California coastline.
The kids always find a way to entertain themselves too, digging for creatures or building fortresses only to have the waves wash them away.
The beach is the place for impromptu swordfights and multiple attempts to fly a kite.
It is also the place where all the noise of the world stops and the rhythmic peaceful music of the waves takes over. Most of the time I just stand back and take it all in, the sound of the surf, the changing light across the water, and the repetition of the waves as they approach the shore.
And every now and then something magnificent and unexpected takes me by surprise.
Hours pass by and then chilled by the evening breezes, we leave as the sun sets watching the colors change with the softer light.
Windblown and happy, we dust off the sand and head to The Tides Wharf for a cup of the best clam chowder within 50 miles.
With full stomachs and happy hearts, we drive home as the kids fall asleep in the backseat having spent a blissful day on the coast.
We can’t spend everyday there, but I do love the smell of the beach back home. If you’re landlocked and can’t get to the coast anytime soon, here are my three favorite beauty products that I use that capture the essence of the beach!
The first is Mario Badescu’s Summer Shine Body Lotion, it has a soft shimmer and very light tropical scent – perfect for summer nights spent in summer bridesmaid dresses! The next is Bobbi Brown’s Beach Body Oil and if anything captures the essence of surf and suntan lotion this is it! It’s absorbs quickly and I get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it. The last is Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray, great for misting in your hair when it’s wet for the look of windblown locks after a day spent on the sand.
I hope you all are enjoying this last day of the long weekend and the kickoff to summer! Tomorrow is the ‘Favorite Souvenir’ link party, so link up any of your favorite finds you’ve acquired on your travels!
Finally, today is also a day of honoring our fallen soldiers. Thank you men and women of our military for all you have done to to protect and defend our country. Today we remember you.