Bonjour mes amies! Yesterday on the first day of autumn, while everyone else headed to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard, ironically, I headed to the beach! School was off for the day, so my friends and I packed up our bags and headed two hours away to the beach.
After stopping for pizza and some other snacks, we finally made it. The beach was located 1.8 miles (≈2.9 kilometers) away from the parking lot, so we packed up our bags, grabbed some water, and started walking. In the rush to get to the beach, we walked right past some people who were stopped and staring at something. After we heard quite a commotion, we turned back and saw a huge three foot long snake. This is not too common in my area (I’d only seen one tiny snake before)! It was super cool but kind of scary at the same time.
After seeing the snake, about 30 minutes later we arrived at the shores. The eastern coast of the United States is generally very flat, so it is very unusual to have cliffs like the ones that characterize this beach. Tired from our walk, we pulled out some popsicles that we brought with us. Ahhh sweet relief… except for the fact they were completely melted and hardly edible 😦 .
Next, we eagerly scanned the sand for fossils, shells, and other oceanic treasures. I found a bunch of tiny fossils, and my friend found a huge shell fossil.
As you can see from the picture above, there were quite a few branches and driftwood planks on the beach (a.k.a the perfect opportunity to make a beach fort). My friends and I gathered every rock, branch, or log we could find, and started constructing our makeshift tent.
We explored the beach a little more, sat on a log jetting out of the cliff over the beach, and watched as the tide created a little river through the wildflower/grass field behind us. It was truly an amazing day!
I’m so thankful for the beautiful nature that surrounds me, my amazing friends, and the opportunity to take spontaneous trips like these. You can never be too thankful for everything around you from being the right temperature to having food on your table. I’m praying for the people who have suffered tragedies from the hurricanes and earthquakes that have bombarded the coasts of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico over the past few weeks. Wherever you (the reader) are in the world right now, I pray for you and I hope you are doing well. Thank you for reading♥