This is a true tale.
A tale of ocean brawling.
Oh, and also of ocean snatching.
But we’ll get back to that in a moment.
It all started ten years ago, on a family vacation to Legoland California.
No trip to a coastal destination is ever complete without visiting the ocean.
At least, not in my opinion.
My then-2 year old son was thoroughly enjoying his second trip ever to the Pacific Ocean, collecting seashells and enjoying the feel of sand beneath his feet.
Until a temperamental wave crashed and leveled him onto the shore like a beached whale.
A few minutes later, he sat deep in thought on his ocean-themed beach towel with his plastic sand pail and shovel in hand, vengefully crafting his revenge.
Half an hour later, he left the Pacific Ocean with an ominous declaration:
I’ll get you, water!
Fast forward 10 years.
We had the privilege of visiting the Atlantic Ocean on our most recent road trip a few weeks ago.
And it was obviously time for payback.
Come at me!
My revenge-seeking child took a huge step backward, away from the shore, before continuing his tirade.
Come on! Show me what you’ve got!
Coast to coast ocean brawling at its finest.
Then he stooped down to admire a cluster of seashells that had washed onto the shore.
Fortunately, he managed to escape the wrath of the Atlantic Ocean…
This time around.
Now, back to that whole ocean snatching incident…
My husband and I had set out with the intention of capturing an incredible sunrise on the beach.
And capture a sunrise we did.
Along with half the Atlantic Ocean.
Armed with our makeshift ocean snatching kit consisting of a freshly guzzled glacier cherry Gatorade bottle that I’d forced upon my husband…
Along with a Ziplock freezer bag that we’d been using as our travel toiletry bag and an R2D2 tote bag that held just the right amount of ocean loot.
Meanwhile, our trusty getaway mobile, a nondescript rental mini van with Oklahoma license plates, sat in the shadows of the parking lot.
It was a chilly 40-something degrees out that morning.
I couldn’t feel my toes.
But it was absolutely worth it.
For witnessing a majestic sunrise on the beach.
And feeling the lush sand beneath my feet.
And taking home the best souvenir money can’t buy.
Determined to make my very own authentic mini beach replica upon returning home, I needed to make the most of the opportunity.
And so we left the beach with bulging pockets full of seashells, a bottle full of Atlantic Ocean water, and a bag of Atlantic Ocean sand.
I absolutely love the ocean.
I love the melodious waves.
I love the paradoxical peaceful calm that dissipates with the intense crash of waves to the shore.
And I especially love majestic sunrises and sunsets.
Sunsets on the Pacific.
Sunrises on the Atlantic.
We had sacrificed precious sleep time to rise early on our vacation, just to witness a sunrise over the ocean.
But it was a sacrifice I was happy to make.
Did I mention I also love dolphins?
Unfortunately, we didn’t encounter any on this trip.
Which was probably just as well.
I might’ve been tempted to capture one and give it new life in my bathtub.
I’m not just quirky, I’m apparently full-on crazy too.
I could happily live on the ocean forever.
But for now, I’m still working on creating my mini beach masterpiece.
I could really use my very own at-home oasis.
In the meantime, I’ve evidently become an ocean kleptomaniac.
I’m not sure what this says about my sanity…
But I’m okay with it.
More or less.
Now, I just need to devise a way to snatch a baby palm tree…
~Happy Saturday, friends! Can you tell I love the beach? The ocean is the most therapeutic place on earth, and I would totally live there if I could. One day…~
My prized ocean loot collection…