A fresh adventure in a familiar place.

Since returning Home, I’ve decided to make connecting with my family, friends, and surroundings here a priority. As it will be a long time before I return here permanently, I intend to make the most of the few, precious months I have here in California this summer. It’s funny, but no matter how familiar you are with a place, there is always more to see and more to do. Whether you reside in a bustling metropolis or a quaint, country cabin far removed from human connection is, frankly, immaterial (accounting terminology – you saw what I did there).

Doggies are family, too.
Doggies are family, too.

One of the best things to explore, wherever you may be, is the surrounding natural environment. Nature is eternal. Everything from the vast ocean vista to the patch of sand under your feet has a story and has seen more than you can and ever will see. Last Saturday and Tuesday, I decided to explore the beach (Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, CA) that I have lived right next to for over 11 years. While slowly stepping through the tidepools, I couldn’t help but be delighted while observing the simplest things, like this adorable crab who seemed to be saying “Good morning!” to me.

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How about a hug?

Even after all this time, I STILL found it fascinating and even reenergizing. As I listened to Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (great audiobook, by the way), I couldn’t help but snap a few photos to document my mini-trek and preserve the experience. The following photos were taken with my iPhone.

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Thought of the day: Don’t be in such a rush to “escape” the life you live. You never know just how many amazing things exist just where you are.

-H

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