There is something so soothing about lying on a beach in the hot sun while listening to the waves crashing on the shore. The smell and feel of the salt water in the air only heightens the soothing quality of the beach. It is the perfect spot to let go of all the stress and burdens of life. It is also the perfect spot for inspiration to strike and those creative juices to start flowing.
This past week Grant and I did just that: we went camping at the beach, Assateague Island to be exact. We camped under the starts, enjoyed food cooked over the fire, and relaxed. Yes you heard me correctly: I actually relaxed. My mind was free of all the work, bills, school projects, and anything else that stressed me out. My body was able to finally let itself completely relax and enjoy the sun and sand. Though it enjoyed it a little too much as I got pretty burned on this trip.
We spent a lot of the trip just walking on the beach, exploring the trails on the island, and enjoying the beauty of the horses around us. For those of you who don't know Assateague Island is just West of Ocean City Maryland and is known for the horses the fill its beaches. It is 37 miles long and two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the other third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge where the horses swim from. Some of you might have read Misty of Chincoteague when you were younger; these are the islands the book takes place on. In the picture below you can see the horses walking across the beach.
So now I ask you: What place allows you to relax and provides you with clarity?