Saturday, August 6, 2016

Siesta Sunset

For Atlantic beaches I rise early to catch the sunrise. But for Gulf beaches, there's no need to join the dawn patrol. The big show is in the evening.

About 7:45 or 8:00 p.m., there's a little rush hour here of folks walking to the strand, some with drinks in hand, all ready to watch the big orb drop slowly into the surf.

Most carry their phones, others have cameras. My first night here I happened upon a sunset beach wedding. Though I usually like to people-watch, for Siesta Key sunsets I keep my eyes trained on the sky. Most people do.

What is it about elemental pleasures that so soothe and satisfy? I'm not sure. But I do know that vacations awaken our ability to seek them out and be part of them again.

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