It's such a treat to get out of the desert and out to the ocean during this time of the year although we are experiencing mild temperatures right now. Mild as in 105 degree highs and low 70's at night. It truly has been a blessing for me.
Jim has children that still live out in the west where there is decent weather and they are closer to the beaches so anytime he has to go out to see the kids I am so ready to go along for the ride. Besides, his youngest daughter and I get along fairly well and she does refer to me as her stepmom which makes me feel all well you know, feely and stuff...
My husband and I have been officially married for 6 month as of August 17. His youngest daughter was the one kid that was the most excited for us both and I can't forget that. We didn't get a wedding or any of the hoopla. We eloped and didn't announce our nuptials for almost two weeks. This may be why I have been a little on the emotional side this week. Anyhow, back to our little excursion. We drove over to the Huntington Beach Pier, near his daughters house and ate at the cutest place chicken and waffle place, Bruxie. I have no pictures of that place, too busy eating I suppose. Who ever you are that is reading this, and you are ever in the area, stop there and try one of the waffle sandwiches! Trust me, everything is great in there. Even the mac'n'cheese. We then walked over to the pier. I wasn't quite ready for to take out the camera yet I just wanted to enjoy the ocean and the walk and people watch. Then the itch happened. Jim and his daughter where walking in front of me and I had to pull my camera out. I had to take a few test shots to get some light readings and set my camera, right? That's when I saw them, a group of guys surfing in the water. Hmm, could I shoot these guys in the water? I have shot little league and soccer players but could I do this? We spent about 20 to 30 minutes on the pier and it was magical. Those dudes, bros, not sure what they liked to called gave me shot after shot. At one point, I was just about to put my camera away when I saw this one surfer catch a wave on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier and I just kept snapping and he just kept going and then he rode right under the pier and I walked quickly to the other side and kept shooting and captured him coming out from under on the north side of the pier and still riding. Epic! These are the best days and so glad that Jim and Sheyla were both there to share it with me. Glad they both put up with me because when I get focused on something I drown out everything and everyone. So thank you both for that beautiful day!
Enjoy your day, who ever you are that is reading this and enjoy the ride.