It’s always a surprise to me just how much a beach can change from day to day. We visited Mooloolaba on Monday, and the waves were calm, the tide was out, and the sun was hot. Today the waves crashed hard and the tide was in. Off to the south, we could see dark skies and clouds indicating a chance of rain.
Living near the ocean is so confusing for someone who has lived an entire life in the middle of a country. The weather can change suddenly, rain will fall for 2 minutes followed by blue skies and a hot sun, and I can drive through a downpour only to come out on the other side and find calm waves and a sweet ocean breeze.
I love the saltiness of the ocean and the way it makes my hair spring up into tight curls, it’s ever shifting shades of blue and turquoise and green, the sound it makes as the waves break close to shore in close succession, the gentle ripples it makes in the sand on the beach and the treasures it leaves behind.
Today I spent twenty minutes floating, staring up at the sky, letting the tide wash me in and out and over cresting waves.