Lots of opportunities to experience new things including running barefoot on the beach each morning and actually enJOYing the sensations of the wind and sand as my body seems to glide over the Earth. Having not run since 2011, it has filled me with awe to be able to run so freely, with strong knees and lungs to support this perfect exercise in nature. Such a win/win!
i have never lived this long by the beach – yes I have spent many vacations in the islands or coastlines, yet never with the knowingness of having committed to a place long term and feel no sense of urgency to skew my attitude – such as waking daily thinking I only have a few days left so must get out there early. Instead, I do get out there very early most mornings as I wake refreshed as the first peep of sunlight shows itself around 5:00, then find myself on the beach around 6 to watch the sun fully rise over the glistening South Atlantic and take a walk or run at the magical place where the water meets the land.
These past few days have brought an interesting sight on the water as there is suddenly a naval ship moving around the bay morning and night. A bit disconcerting, yet there is a naval station near by and as in San Diego, they do need to come in and out of the area to play.
What I have rarely seen peeping its top out of the water, reminding me of an alligator in the low country waterways in Charleston, was a submarine. Yes, as many of you, I have paid a small fee to tour abandoned ones in harbors, yet this feels so different. To see them moving around by the beaches on a regular basis is somewhat fascinating.
What are they seeing in these peaceful waters of Cape Town? Surely they are doing reconnaissance work as they most likely are training officers and practicing strategic moves. And, I would love to be on board for a few hours to see what lives under all of the seaweed here in South Africa.
The ocean here is either extremely calm or extremely rough – very little in between. I imagine the life of a submarine pilot or engineer has some fascinating moments observing life under the ocean surface – whales and dolphins, huge fish hanging out by the many ship wrecks from the past century in this area, and maybe even a mermaid flips her tail once in a while to keep their attention.
As a scuba diver since 1974, I am feeing a but curious about what lies in this unique bay surrounded by ancient sacred sites. I am sure these submarine pilots have seen lots of interesting activity and maybe, in the months to come, I will figure out a way to be invited onboard and see for myself? Or put on a double insulated wet suit (ugh, never fun to put on or take off) and explore the sea life under the seaweed beds from behind a mask…
Is it only me or do you too wonder what lies below our ocean waters? Fascinating discoveries I am sure….