Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Getting Back To Beach Walks

Right out of the gate I found seagrape flowers!
I guess this is my third beach walk since breaking my foot. I have to say that this day was the best indication, by far, that I'm going to get over this thing.  Yes, it still hurts.  Yes I still walk unnaturally.  But it doesn't hurt quite as bad, and I was able to stay out there for about an hour and a half, with a break... but without feeling like I was going to keel over!!

The draw is twofold.  Sure, I'm in it for the exercise and physical therapy aspect of retraining myself to walk on uneven ground.  But the allure of collecting mass quantities of sea glass is the stronger motivation of the two!  The good thing about that is that it makes the more tiresome chore of relearning to walk seem like... well, a walk on the beach!

Throw in the bonus of having things to photograph again, and my heart is singing SO loudly right now that I'm almost giddy!!  And so, I share with you, our latest beach walk. 

Each Beachwalk is unique...
We may walk this beach a thousand times...
But no two will be the same!

I'm still using the two crutches on the beach.  The uneven ground offers me lots of opportunity to fall, and my right leg is still very shaky and weak, so I'm not quite to full weight bearing status yet.  I also decided that my waterproof hiking boots are the best thing to use o the beach.  I'm so glad that I have them!  They provide support for my VERY weak ankles, and keep my tender metatarsals from taking more stress than they can handle right now, 

Does that look like a happy face?  Well the joy of being out here AND finding sea glass is the reason!

The last time we came out here, I kind of overdid it a little.  So this time I brought my water, made sure I had some energy from a good breakfast, and planned for a mid-walk sit down!  I perched my butt right in the middle of a rock pile where sea glass pieces literally washed up at my feet!

This is it.  This is all I want!

My tireless companion!

Today's treasures!

I can not tell you how happy this walk made us today.  It's the first time since April 23rd (the day I broke my foot) that I've actually felt on the mend.  My energy is low, but I can feel almost daily progress.  Sure, some days seem like a step backwards, but mostly those are due to my own actions as I tend to try too much.  But it's getting better.  AND I can come out to this magical beach where I feel so very attuned to our island paradise.  Maybe these beach walk posts aren't so interesting to my readers, and for that I apologize.  But hopefully the photos will give you something to smile about, just as they do me! 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Anniversary Breakfast Run

Elan, our CS36t on Corpus Christi Bay
Our lives have, for many years, been awesome enough that it's been difficult to figure out what to do to make a special day... special.  When you're living the dream and traveling all the time, the things you do every day are the things you would consider doing to celebrate!  Now that we're living a more normal life on land, the question of what to do to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary became a thing again! 

It was fun looking back over some special moments in our lives together.  I found these to post on Facebook...

Bruce and I met while sailing on Corpus Christi Bay.  That was a huge part of our lives, and it led to marriage, and then on to cruising!

This was 30 minutes prior to our wedding ceremony.  It remains a special memory for us. 
A tender moment in the stunning waters of the Bahamas our first time there. Dos Libras in the background.
Fastforward to our buying a home here on Puerto Rico!  This is ours every day!!!
So this morning, in celebration of 16 years of marriage (somehow we don't get official credit for the other 4 1/2 years as a couple), we decided to go back to the simple pleasure of something that we used to do back in our years before cruising.  Sometimes in the morning, we would decide to jump out of bed and dash to the nearest donut shop for some pastries to-go.  We would then drive to one of several favorite waterfront spots to sit and have our breakfast picnic. 

Back then we would stare out at the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, or Corpus Christi Bay, and we would dream of how our cruising life would be.  Now we gaze at the waters of the ACTUAL CARIBBEAN SEA... and remember how cruising life has brought us to this place in time.  Thinking back to that moment 30 minutes before saying our wedding vows, we could not have imagined that this is where we would end up. 

I know that the life we have yet to live will not always be wonderful... but I'm doing my best to keep it fun, adventurous, and spontaneous.  The simple pleasure of having breakfast on a sandy beach has done a lot to buoy our lagging spirits that increased preventative measures against the spread of the COVID19 virus have brought upon us.  Getting out and taking this for ourselves was clandestine and a little naughty, but we encountered no other people, so we felt pretty safe taking this day to celebrate ourselves!

Just the drive along the coast road was a treat!
We settled on the ridge and had our delicious breakfast sandwiches

We saved some room for yummy pastries that my Most Wonderful Husband presented to me thusly
Not the best photo, but with my crutches, I couldn't work the timed shot...  Bruce barely made it back in time!
The ever-present lurking iguana!
We had our delicious breakfast... what a treat to have decadent pastries on the beach!  We decided that reviving this tradition was a great idea, and we'll be doing this a LOT more often.

The wind was still, but a light breeze sprung up, probably brought on by nearby passing showers. Sitting in the shade of the tall palms, we were pretty cool.  But as the sun continued to climb, we became warmly exposed.  Bruce moved our little camp out to the shade of the nearly fallen palm closer to the tide line.  Here, we just sat and watched the waves roll in, and the ever-changing colors of the water as the clouds passed, giving us alternating sun and shadow.

I think this beats a rocking chair on some Texas Hill Country porch!
Sitting here, enjoying this million-dollar-view, we count ourselves most fortunate.  Just getting out of the house on our own for a change is liberating to the soul.  Now that my foot is on the mend and I can drive myself, we can take these refreshing little jaunts without having to inconvenience our friends. 

Thinking about the past 16 years (20 1/2 if truth be told) we can call it a success, even if we never have another special moment after today.  But, I can't help but hope that we have many, MANY more such moments in our future!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

First Beach Walk

Well, it's been so long since we got up and went for a beach walk, it SEEMS like our first!  So this is the first official beach walk since I broke my foot on April 23rd.  I can't express how awesome this is for my soul!  So what if I actually "walked" less than a quarter of a mile from door to door... It took me more than an hour and got my heart rate up to max!  And afterwards, I was EXHAUSTED!

When I get up in the morning, obviously the swelling is down to the lowest level of the day.  It takes me a little while to get warmed up, and with the help of Tylenol, I can set out with a single crutch to assist me.  My right leg is VERY weak.  So weak in fact, that my mind just can't accept it.  I try to put my weight on the leg and feel it begin to buckle beneath me, so the crutch is necessary.  For now.  I can usually get a few steps without it each day, but I need the crutch to catch me when the leg says "we're done"!

We've got a lot of seaweed washing ashore right now.  It collects in a line and then the waves wash some sand up onto it, creating a soft, spongy area that is treacherous to me.  Ask me how I know this!!!

So I've had to be very careful in placing my crutch, and my foot so as not to find one of those deceptive spongy spots.  The rocks are also a little treacherous with a crutch. But that's where the sea glass hides!

Hunting for sea glass is a favorite pastime of mine.  Oh how I have missed it!  Today, we found two pieces of blue glass in just the short time we were out.  This is a coup!  I also found something yellow.  It's like a rock, but I've never seen anything like it before.  In the video above, you can see how I have to find a secure place for my foot, and I still can't put a lot of weight on the forefoot.  So my beach combing is limited, and I had to revert to spotting the glass, and letting Bruce go and get the pieces for me.

I've gotta say that I'm proud of these few steps.  Once I got the go-ahead from my doctor, I've been full steam ahead.  It hurts a LOT, but I figure that it will get a little better each day if I just try to push it as much as I can.  It's taken a long time to get down this far, but I refuse to accept that it will take equally long to get back to normal.  

Unfortunately for me, my body is not quite in sync with my brain on this.  In no time at all I was feeling exhausted and shaky, and worried that I wouldn't even be able to get myself back home.  So, even though I was far from finished treasure hunting mentally... physically it was time to call it a day.

But not before I pushed it just a little bit further with a few VERY simple exercises.  Just the act of transferring my weight from one leg to the other is a huge feat!  And doing some shallow squats turned out to be very painful for that right ankle.  But if I keep trying every day, it should eventually get better.  RIGHT???

So we turned back to the gate, and I did make it home with my handfull of treasures!  This is just the beginning!