The last day of our vacation was bittersweet. It was both a wonderful and relaxing day with more opportunities for good food, fellowship, and beautiful picture-taking, but it also contained a terrifying jet ski ride and it meant that the vacation was almost over.
I wanted to include a picture of my uncle cooking breakfast, but lately I've been taking greater care to only include pictures of others unless I've specifically asked the person and gotten their permission to post it. I am pretty impulsive and carefree when it comes to my pictures, but I know many other people are more cautious and easily embarrassed. So....no pictures of the great cook, but there is a picture of my yummy last breakfast! We had cherries, scrambled eggs with cheese and sausage, and hashbrowns cooked in bacon fat. Let me repeat that last part: hashbrownns cooked in bacon fat!!!
OMG!!! The potatoes were leftover from the honey mustard chicken and vegetable casserole that I made on day three. They still had the tang from the honey mustard and the bacon fat gave them a smoky, heavenly flavor.
After breakfast, we went down to the pier. My uncle and my first cousins once removed went to fish, while the rest of us went down just to sightsee. Once I got down to the pier, I realized that it was a such a shame that it was the first time that I had made it down there on our trip, because it offered some beautiful views and was very relaxing and peaceful. I took a bunch of pictures, which I will share with you (of course!).
Take a stroll along the pier with me!
Doesn't that scene look relaxing?
I like the bright colors on the umbrellas below.
I think it looks like a postcard!
I didn't know what "Alligator Ice" was, but I thought it was worth a picture. Turns out it's a type of slushy.
There were these black crows sitting morbidly on the railing. I didn't realize that crows were beach birds!
I like the close-up view of the bird the best:
Let's continue on our journey down the pier...
Here is another postcard picture:
Of course, we had to get our own slushie before going back to the beach house! And no, it was not the "alligator ice" brand.
Mine was Margarita flavored! Yum!
Later that day, I did something that was not so relaxing for me-I rode on the back of a jet ski that my dad rented for an hour. Sounds like adventure and fun, right? Maybe it would be if I was the type of person who liked things liked roller coasters and motorcycles and just in general fast and dangerous things, but I do not. I was not planning on riding it at all, but then my dad offered to let me ride on behind him and I thought that perhaps I should not let this opportunity go by without giving it a try. And oh man, was I wrong! I absolutely hated it! The wind going through my hair, the bumpy waves...made me scream and cry in terror. Hopefully I have learned my lesson and will stick to what I know to be true about myself and will leave the dangerous and fast stuff to my Naval navigator brother.
Fortunately, it didn't take me too long to recuperate. The whole gang of us gathered on top of the crow's nest on top of the beach house that night to watch the sunset and to take pictures. It was a beautiful and sweet and slightly sad moment. Of course, then there was dinner and then there was the hustle and bustle of packing, which was not so fun. This Sunset Beach vacation was one of the best vacations ever, mainly because it reminded me of what is important-being around the people I love, being mindful and appreciative of good food and pleasant sensations, and recognizing how good it feels when life is taken more slowly and lovingly, instead of in fast, painful gulps of panic. I am hoping and planning to continue on in this mindful, intentional, pleasurable way.