Who knows, maybe the Universe listens to me better than I listen to me. After all, I was craving some adventure and some beach time and it seems I got them both.
After the debacle that was “the house” (more in the Life Pressed Pause post) I found my car steering it’s own way to Dauphin Island. I remembered seeing some state park camping sites online and figured I would go check it out. I followed the “Beach” signs and soon ended up at the Dauphin Island Country Club. Don’t get too excited… it was the dumpiest country club I have ever seen. I felt perfectly at home. The down-home waitress at the Pirates Pleasure was all too happy to pour me a much-needed cocktail (no questions asked, even though it wasn’t yet 11:00 am) and let me peruse the menu. Normally my appetite disappears when I am stressed, but I found myself starving.
I inadvertently caused a bit of a ruckus when I decided to change into my bathing suit in the parking lot… and didn’t realize that the golf course was right behind me. Apparently parking lot changing isn’t protocol at a Country Club (even a dumpy beach one). It’s not like I stripped down naked; everything stayed covered at all times! There was some hooting and hollering and some “I Love You’s” thrown around. Southern men are so cute.
I headed to the beach – Jason (the parking lot attendant) had recommended that if I was up for a walk, it would be worth my time to go all the way around the bay to where some sand bars formed after hurricane Ivan. About a five-mile walk round trip. Sounded like just what the doctor ordered, plus I needed to burn off the 1,000 calories I had just eaten for lunch. I took my time, said the traditional southern hello to folks I passed.
By the time I could see the sand bars I was completely alone with my own private beach. Beautiful white sand, very shallow warm water, egrets, hermit crabs, sting rays, and me. I plucked my way out to one of the visible sand bars, took off my bathing suit top and laid out half-naked. Literally. Good thing I wasn’t anywhere near the golf course at this point 😉