From bad to worse

SWF Beach Life is about being out on the beaches exploring. Well, beaches closed weeks ago and I haven't been able to go to my happy place, along with millions of others. I'm not complaining, per se, I'm just bummed. I am grateful for all that I do have and my family and I are safe and healthy.

Before things really locked down and after the beaches had closed, I rented a kayak to get to Bunche Beach, one of my favorite "critter" beaches. We always find hermit crabs, live crown conch and live lightning whelk, along with other interesting creatures. We rescued a sea horse not that long ago, but I digress.

I found a Groupon for a half-day kayak rental ($18) so I took the opportunity to get out on the water. I haven't kayaked in years and have never spent that much time in a kayak. Friends, if you are ever going to buy one, please take the time to really investigate your options. I thought the one I had was fine, but 3-1/2 hours later after paddling against the tide and wind and current, I will tell you I would never go with one of the ones in the Walmart sporting section. Look, if you are just going to paddle around a lake you might be okay, but if you're going to be really out on the water, you're going to want something that is comfortable. Lesson learned and glad I haven't bought one yet!

It was kind of surreal being just yards away from a place that I am usually galavanting around having fun. There was no one in sight and I only saw a couple of other kayakers and some people fishing off a bridge the whole time I was out. My mission was accomplished and I got some video and pictures, but then I had to hustle back to return the kayak. And that is when I was wishing I had a comfortable kayak. I was certain I would be in a lot of pain the next day, but I was wrong. I guess I'm in pretty good shape after all.

This is such a strange time. I was laid off back at the beginning of February and was looking for remote work and then this happened. Yay, lots of extra time on my hands - boo, there is nothing open and I can't go to the beach. Again, I'm on the grateful bus and I will just take things day-by-day.

I hope wherever you are you are safe and have the means to get through this extremely taxing time. I hope you find something positive to focus on and get through these really weird times. I find myself SO grateful that we moved to Florida and I can at least always be outside, even though it's not at the beach. I always start my weekdays with a walk or some sort of physical activity, then meditation, coffee and my day can begin. I personally keep this "regular" routine up so I don't loose my bird. Hopefully within the near future, things will start looking up. Strange days indeed.

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