Monday, October 21, 2013

Watch Your Step



I could tell it was early fall just by the temperature of the sand and water. The sand was cool, while the water temperature was hovering around 70ยบ. It almost seemed like the ocean was defrosting your feet once you stepped in.

The waves were so small I had surf down the beach from my usual spot to pick up more of the south swell. I caught a couple as a man observed from the beach with a cup of coffee in hand. Even with the distant company, I felt like I was all by myself out there. Or at least I felt like it was just me and the animals. A pod of dolphin swam by. I dunked under the water because I heard my friend Todd tell someone once that you can hear them talking when they swim past if you submerge your own ears. I couldn't hear them today, though. The only audible noise was the muffled sound of the crashing waves. Everything sounds so different under there. It made me wonder if those dolphin were popping their heads up to see if they could hear what I sounded like. I was singing at some point, but I'm not sure they really wanted to listen to that.

I rode my last wave in and began walking up the beach. Because of the high tide, I had to wade in the water to get around a seawall and it was then that I stepped on a stingray. It's never happened to me before, by some miracle I think, but when it happened I knew immediately what it was. He didn't get me too bad. Just a little prick on my left toe, but it was already throbbing like a bee sting once I got to my parents' house. 

I thought maybe, just maybe, those guys might leave me alone because I try to pick up trash to keep them safe, but really it was me that stepped on him. A part of me is glad the stingrays haven't changed their ways despite the increase in beach goers over time. I want them to keep on doing as they do. Eating where they need to eat, sunbathing where they like. I'm the one entering their home, so I guess I need to remember to watch my step. 

25 comments:

  1. Yikes! Thank goodness the stingray did not get you too bad. Did it swell after he got you? And you changed your blog name! Love it!

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    1. I'm glad too! My dad got hit this summer and his was much worse. Mine didn't even really swell. I was up watering plants and making lunch about an hour after it happened. Also, thanks for the comments on the site. I'm trying to embrace change! :)

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  2. I love the description of the morning. I can almost picture myself as the one on the beach with the coffee in my hand. It's my favorite way to wake up.

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    1. Thanks Jess. That's really sweet. It would have been cool if that was you watching me with your coffee.

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  3. Wow, good job he didn't sting you too bad. Guess it's one of the 'downfalls' of living so close to the beach. x

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    1. it's just part of the experience, I think. I didn't really mind, although I'm hoping it doesn't happen again.

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  4. i love how you telling this story. i'd like to try to sing underwater and look around if any dolphin listening

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  5. ouchie!! i got stung by a jellyfish in cancun when i was little and i was so traumatized!

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    1. the worst part is how you don't expect it! It's hard to defend yourself against jellies and stingrays because it happens so unexpectedly.

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  6. wow these are great photos! Sorry to hear about the stingray but thank goodness it wasn't bad!!
    xo,
    nancy

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  7. awww cute story. I like the way you write about the ocean. It makes me happy. It's almost like I'm there!

    Once, I rubbed the top of a Jelly fish's head while swimming a couple of hundred meters out into the ocean, but he didn't sting me. I think he liked how gentle I was!

    Nice post...

    Chymere Anais
    www.chymere-anais.blogspot.com

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  8. man, that sounds like an amazing day. Except for stepping on a stingray but you make that sound amazing too! I hope your foot is feeling better :)

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  9. Ouch! Glad it wasn't worse and you're ok. I bet the dolphins did want to hear you sing:)

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    1. haha maybe, but they sure didn't stick around long :)

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  10. Beautifully worded. I could imagine exactly the temperature of both sand and water. And I love the thoughts about the animals. Practice what you preach AMIRIGHT?

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  11. I love the image of you out there all alone, singing, with just a few dolphins for company. It sounds utterly blissful. I love your attitude to the stingray as well. Your respect for the natural world is a great thing. It does need to be taken care of and treated with reverence. Love the underwater photo - it's fab!

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    1. I don't sing when other people are around. I'm not very good. But when I'm all by myself I sing the whole time I surf. Thanks for this CJ. You're very kind. p.s. Scott took that underwater photo. It's a little blurry. I think he's gotten better at underwater photography since then.

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  12. Ouch! I have only heard about what that feels like, but do not want to ever experience that. I guess you are right though, if we step on one I guess we deserve a little pain. Haha.

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    1. It isn't very pleasant. I'll say that, but I guess I wouldn't like being stepped on either :)

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