I went to the beach over the weekend. My sister lives in Newport which is where the dock from the last years tsunami in Japan has landed. I decided I must see it. Sunday we saw cars parked along the sides of the road and droves of people swarming in to take a look. It’s funny what something like this will do for tourism.
I waited until Monday morning. All was quiet and I wandered down early to take a look. At 66 X 19 feet, it really is massive. I couldn’t help thinking of the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey and the huge monolith that appeared, apparently out of nowhere. It must have been crazy weird to wake up one morning to go beach combing and come across this. The dock is taller than any of the people wandering by. It was peaceful and I noticed a feeling of reverence among the visitors. People were taking the time to grasp the enormity of it size and presence and most felt it should not be dismantled or cut apart, but rather stay as a relic of the destruction. Unfortunately I think it will end up being removed.
Our Sunday was spent doing fairly traditional beachy activities. We spent Sunday afternoon walking with the dog, looking for rocks and shells and breathing in the fresh new air.
This rock cliff is covered in the most amazing colors of mossy seaweed, lichen and barnacles. I want yarns in these colors.
Wouldn’t this make a wonderful garden bench?? Those white swirls are shells fossilized in the rock. Ahh, Mother Nature!
I'm glad I decided to see what it felt like seeing the dock that has traveled so far. We know there will be lots more debris to come, but this first massive speciman is pretty amazing. After my viewing I walked back to my car and stopped for a quick breakfast of baked eggs and a beautiful latte.
A short but sweet visit to the beach. A fine way to begin July!