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  • Sunrise, Sunset

    (originally published on September 14, 2012)

    The Mr. and I crossed off an item on his Life List recently: watching a sunset and sunrise over water in the same day. I don't think there are many places where you can do this as easily as you can in Ptown, which sits on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean.

    We had set the alarm for 5:00 am the night before and were pretty efficient about grabbing clothes and some coffee before jumping in Black Beauty for the short ride to Head of the Meadow beach. When we arrived, there were a few other people there and a handful of seals out in the water (so cute! and so scary these days with those Great Whites swimming about in our waters).

    I decided the best thing to do was to climb the empty lifeguard chair and watch from there. I had always secretly wanted to sit in one. As it turned out, it was super buggy up there and we decided to walk around instead. So I did something else I always wanted to do: a Baywatch-style dismount. Mistake. My back went into a spasm and I spent the next two weeks not able to bend. Here we are sitting on the top of the chair in the dark before my sports injury ..

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    When the sky started to lighten up, it looked like this. Puffy and pink.

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    And THEN! a red dot of a sun appeared above the horizon! We thought it would appear over to the right in the center of the streaks so we were shocked that it popped up where it did.

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    So pretty! And totally worth getting up in the dark and the hobbling I had to do for weeks afterwards.

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    On the way home, we saw a group of turkeys! So wild. (Heh! Heh!)

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    For the sunset, we picked up pizza and sandwiches from Twisted Sister and drove over to Herring Cove. A couple of things about this photo: 1) The cooler was my grandfather's. They don't make them like this anymore! 2) You can see that Tipper is laying in the sand rather than on the blanket that we brought for her. She clearly gets by on her looks.

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    There are always a lot of people here for the sunset, many of them doing exactly what we were doing. Some only there for the grand finale. Others with beach fires set up for the long haul.

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    It was a pretty sunset. Not super dramatic, but nice.

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    There was some cloud coverage preventing us from seeing the sun actually go over the edge, but the aftermath was quite lovely.

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    I'm so glad we took the time to do this. Such a simple thing.