3.31.2013

Unexpected

 Sometimes an unexpected
journey becomes one that
carries a lifetime
of memories.

After a lunch of yummy corn
chowder at my parents' house,
I took the kids for a 
little ride.


I thought we'd take a quick ride
through the village
and over the bridge.


But the kids were
enjoying the ride, and
so was I!

So we drove out to
the beach of my
childhood,
where all 5 of us
had
spent hours
playing in the sand
and splashing
in the water.


The gates were open
even though the season hadn't started.


We drove down the long, 
scenic path, 
enjoying
the sunshine,
sea air, and 
adventure
of it all.


This lovely spring day 
was bright and
welcoming.
Still chilly,
and windy,
but offering hope.


We ran down
the paths,
lined with still
dormant beach
plums...


..and found the most
spectacular views.
Sky and Ocean.
Wide open vistas.

Excitement. 
Smiles. 
Even some bare feet.


The clouds were like frosting
on a delicious cake.


The water
seemed bluer, clearer
than I remembered.



So next time you
are about to take the turn home....

...do a u-turn, take
a left instead of a right...

...do the Unexpected.

Happy Easter!

(all photos taken with Iphone 4)

Location Info:  Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
If you look south over the ocean, you may see the Elizabeth Islands in the distance!


28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos of a day full of unexpected delights..thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a very Happy Easter! xo

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  2. You are an inspiration to your family and to so many of your readers! What a refreshingly beautiful post and idea! I instantly thought...oh we should do this on our way home from church...if the fog lifts. I love driving through horse country but narrow winding roads and fog aren't the best combination for a relaxing drive. Still, I love your Easter message and wish you and your family a blessed day!
    XO Lisa

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    1. Lisa, thanks for your kind words! I hope you have taken that drive!

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  3. How beautiful!
    Good advice for everyday.
    I'm visiting via Judy's Front Porch.

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    1. Welcome! (Love Judy). I am going to try to follow my own advice more often!

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  4. Pure poetry is this experience my dear. Unexpected is what sparks a light of LIFE in every day circumstances, indeed! HAPPY EASTER and thank you so much for coming to comment! Anita

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    1. Hello Sweet Anita! Thanks for the visit. Yes, this should be an every day occurrence!

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  5. The pictures are beautiful! Love the font too.

    Happy Easter,
    E.

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    1. Thanks E. It actually reminded me a bit of my teacher cursive :)

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  6. Glorious! What a beautiful place, happy you had such a fun unexpected excursion!
    Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
    Ivan

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    1. Hi Ivan! Thanks! We had a wonderful Easter, and hope you did the same!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. I love visiting beaches this time of year.....serene and never crowded. Have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Yes Loi....serene and overcrowded is just what I love!!!! So peaceful!

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  8. Oh, this makes me want to go visit Massachusetts again so badly! LOVELY!

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    1. Elizabeth, plan it! (easy for me to say)....prices are better now if you book early :)

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  9. What a lovely day it must have been.

    Every break I give my students a homework assignment - Do something you have never done before. So many of them sit in their houses watching TV. If only they had a mom like you who would drive them off on an adventure.

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    1. I LOVE that assignment! My kids have been enjoying being outside...it makes me SO happy to see them playing with the neighborhood kids like we did when we were kids. They run around and play ball and ride bikes and scooters. The funny thing is we have a HUGE yard....as do most of the neighbors....but they all congregate in the street! (we have a quiet dead end).....

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  10. Lovely photos and so inspiring. Now following...

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    1. Kim....so nice to meet you! Thanks for following!

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  11. What fun images of your family and the Atlantic. I will be posting our trip to the Pacific (yesterday) on my blog tomorrow. Love me some ocean! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks teresa! I see we are on opposite coasts for our outings!

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  12. Oh, how I love when we do spontaneous things like that! Isn't it the best?! What a gorgeous location! You are a very lucky girl to have grown up there.

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    1. Yes, I think I have become WAY too predictable! Yes, I do still love where I grew up. My parents are still there, I teach there, it's 15 minutes away....LUCKY! I LOVED your latest blog post!

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  13. What a beautiful day! And one I'm sure will make a lovely memory for your children :)

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    1. Sara Louise, it was a beautiful day! I love when we reflect back on times like this and my kids have fond memories. I plan on doing it even more! My son will be off to high school next year, and I am getting sad thinking he will be heading to college in 4 years....live life!

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  14. What a great reminder!! Love these pics!

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  15. Thanks for sharing this beautiful day, ND!

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