Whether it’s the Pacific crashing on rocks or the Gulf of Mexico roaring in the sunshine, there’s something magical about big bodies of water. The power and the majesty of the ocean remind us that we are only one small part of a greater world.
The central California coast is dotted with lighthouses that have guided ships through our well-known fog. In ancient times, mariners would be guided by large fires lit on hilltops and lighthouses just marked entrance to a port. Over time, they became navigational aids on coastlines. Modern electronic navigation systems have replaced their historical function, leaving lighthouses as romantic figments of the past. They’re fun to look at and if you can go inside, all the better.
Just like our edges smooth with time and age.
I miss the full shells I’d get at Gulf of Mexico beaches. It’s different here. Maybe the wildness of the ocean breaks shells apart.
And then, evidence of a Good Samaritan. A found key, called to the attention of any who might be looking.