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Speed and replenishment

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The rapid pace of events has conspired again to overwhelm the resources of my time and energy. But it’s time to hop back on the fun train and regain my footing.

I read something recently about being over the hill and the pace picking up because you are now on the downhill slope. Sometimes it sure feels that way. I just hope I don’t do an imitation of a guy running down a sand dune so fast that they just start to tumble and crash.

My better half and I took a short break from the rat race this past weekend. And instead of being pulled apart by many waves of pressures and responsibilities, we took a few minutes together to replenish ourselves. Which was my thought while standing close to the closed beach at Bethany Delaware watching them do a sand replenishment to the shoreline.

Got to work together. Photo by Mike Hartley

I had just a few minutes to wander the boardwalk there before heading back home Tuesday. There were about 7 boats (tugs, barges, boats) executing the beach building.

Tug Sea Wolf pushing barge into place. Photo by Mike Hartley

Getting to the ocean for me is like this beach rebuilding operation. I rebuild my internal beach. I fortify it against the relentless pounding waves.

A whole fleet working on the project. Photo by Mike Hartley

I love Maryland and Delaware beaches. Why you may ask. They aren’t the whitest sands, they don’t have the best waves, they don’t have crystal blue waters. To start, I don’t have to get on a plane, in a few hour’s drive, I can be there. The sand is still really nice, fine, and clean. The surf is mild which is great for swimming unless there are storms offshore. The water seems to get clearer and cleaner each year. The temps are nice and the place is a ton of fun.

Tugging away. Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s important to take those breaks. Sometimes just to be with that someone special even though you’re with them at home more now than ever. Getting away puts things in a different light.

So now that I have sand back in my step, bring on winter. Photo by Mike Hartley

And celebrating 40 years together was very nice. Oh, we stayed in Ocean City where the beach was still open.

Fishing is a splash. Photo by Mike Hartley

So get to your shore and refresh your batteries.

Catch the wave. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I have a strange sense this is the calm before the storm. Hopefully, it’s just a storm of good sentiment.
  • If there is one thing that cemented a choice I made long ago before the 2016 election was that I didn’t need Twitter in my life. Soon I won’t have to hear about tweets each day.
  • It’s funny and sad how others seem to think they know everything about you even though they have never met you based on political affiliation.
  • Time to start renewing and practicing being careful again.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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