May 31, 2015 - No Comments!

Excursion #1

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea."
—e.e. Cummings

Yesterday afternoon, Saturday, was a day well spent at the beach. My boyfriend's family packed up a van full of snacks and dogs and decided that Doran Beach was our destination. Only 45 minutes outside of Santa Rosa where his family lives, the car ride was easy and we had plenty of time to bask in the overcast sun at the beach. It was so nice to get away from all my responsibilities at home and school and relax in a beach chair and put my toes in the sand. Below are some pictures and sketches from the amazing afternoon we spent at the beach.

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The beach was surprisingly not crowded, probably because of the overcast day. We loved running down to the beach with the dogs and putting our toes in the wet sand. It had been so long since I had felt beach sand and frigid water hit my legs that it was somewhat surprising at first. We screamed and laughed and had a good time.

"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth." —Rachel Carson

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First views of the beauty down at the water. Looking east towards the hills and peninsula. There weren't many people down here, which was really nice for us, we felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves!

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Gorgeous views up on the dunes/bluffs above the beach. Rocky terrains and cliffs are a soft spot for me, and I snapped tons of pictures. The sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks was something I had been missing for a while. Funny how comforting that sound really is.

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This was the dune trail that we followed down to the beach and sand. The sand was surprisingly so soft, without hardly any rocks or roughness to it. I loved the way the palette was when we got here. The soft blues, dark greens, and light creams are such a pretty combination to look at, especially for a design major like me. I really appreciated that, and of course put it on my Instagram.

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This is a photo of my boyfriend Samir, laughing and looking out of the water. He always laughs at me for taking so many pictures, but it's memories like these that I can't help but save in my mind as well as my phone. A true adventurer, he wanted to take a short walk on the beach and bluffs, so we did. :)

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This is my boyfriend's family's dog, Buster Posey. I absolutely adore dachshunds, since I have one of my own. He is so adorable and we took him out to the water where he ran around and enjoyed every bit of it. His favorite part of the trip was digging in the sand.

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As we walked back to our car at the end of our beach day and afternoon, I saw this amazing Airstream camper sitting out on the campgrounds and just had to take a picture of it. These things are so cool looking, I wish I had one! I thought about how fun it would be to camp out here as well.

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Here are a couple sketches I did while chilling on the beach, eating some peanut M&Ms. It was hard to see a lot, since it was so cloudy and overcast, but I thought it was really pretty how the clouds came over the green hills and right on top of the houses. There was a golf course up on the hills as well that you could barely see, and that was also something I wanted to draw but it was so far away. I was surprised at just how many houses there were on the hills and bluffs, there were many more than I had thought would be there. Overall, this beach trip was a total success, and I can't wait to get some more time to go back. Not worrying about anything and being able to enjoy others' company while also enjoying God's creation was definitely the highlight of the trip. The sound of the ocean is one of my favorite sounds, and I couldn't stop thinking about it when I left.

Hope you enjoyed my little excursion from the usual!

xo

Micaela

Published by: Micaela Ballew in Adventure, Blog

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