While a lot of people live close to the coast and rarely go, that's not the case for us.
Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we are at the beach.
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
(Not like there's a lot of difference among the four in San Diego).
When people from afar come to visit us, it's always at the top of their Must-Do list to visit one of our beautiful beaches.
Because it's so close and works magic on our spirit , there's no reason to not visit.
Sometimes, we just drive by the beach.
Sometimes, we stop to enjoy the sunset over the edge of the world.
Sometimes, we stop just long enough to get our piggies wet with a quick walk along the shore.
And then other times, we'll bring all of our gear and spend an entire day there.
We've been going to the beach since our children were teeny tiny babies.
And over the years - we've kept going.
Here's Elizabeth wearing the same expression at 5-years old as she was at 5-months old...
Our triplets learned to walk along the sands of the Pacific.
As did their little brother.
(Do you double dog dare me to stand up and walk?)
(Not even a soggy diaper that hangs down to my knees will stop me!)
Cue ... the soundtrack for Wipe-Out!
The water isn't particularly warm in this region, but the scenery is spectacular.
Especially when punctuated with triathletes flying over wet sand.
Of all the beaches in San Diego, I'll especially miss the beautiful beaches of Torrey Pines, with the sandstone and conglomerate cliffs and beaches full of cobbles.
Then again, I'll also really miss the coves of La Jolla...
And let's not forget the beautiful sandy beaches of Coronado Island.
(I wonder if the sand in Virginia can do this?)
Once every couple of years we'll be back to visit, and when we do, we will stay in a house along one of the lovely beaches in the town where our children were born.
We're already looking forward to those vacations ... and we haven't even left yet.