The ocean. My happy place. My favorite color! The place I love to escape to and the place I dream of living one day. The endless water, the sound of the waves crashing, the salty air, the sand between my toes, oh so peaceful. The sunrises and the sunsets, the beautiful colors that I like to think are put there just for me. 

For me the ocean isn’t just for the summertime. Although it’s the best time to enjoy some fried dough and ice cream, I love going all year long. Whether it’s to beaches closer to me, like Hampton, Rye, or Salisbury Beach or to Maine where York and Old Orchard Beach are. Sometimes getting bundled up when it’s cold and just being there is the best medicine for me. There’s something about getting my vitamin sea and seeing my favorite color. It’s something that my soul desires and needs. It’s therapeutic at the ocean. It’s the place where I like to go when I feel like I need to escape, to destress, to refresh, and to help heal. I go sometimes, just to talk to God. To tell Him my thoughts, my dreams, my pains and sorrows and sometimes just to go and walk around the sand. 

Although I have yet to travel to many places in the world, I have a couple of favorite places. Among the top of those places are Aruba, and Bar Harbor. I look forward to exploring other parts of the Caribbean someday. As well as explore the beauty that the United States has to offer.

Aruba. One Happy Island! We went in January 2019. That was way too long ago if you ask me. It’s the place I long for probably more times than I can count, especially when it’s cold here in New Hampshire. The place that always comes up when I like to say you know where it’s not freezing right now? Aruba stole my heart! It was so warm there, and if you haven’t yet, you’ve got to see the color of the water, my favorite color! Not to mention the water was warm to swim in and you didn’t have to lose the feeling in your toes and feet the way you do when you swim in the water here in New England. In Aruba I met a very special friend! Caramel, a wild donkey that I got to hang out with a few times on our way to and from Baby Beach. I fed her snacks and pet her and oh man, do I miss her! We went to watch the sunset one of the nights. It was so picturesque. I’ve since made it one of my life goals to own property there and go whenever I wish to. Don’t worry, I’ll invite you to come and stay.

As a kid growing up in Maine I remember going to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park every summer. Those are some of my favorite memories I’ve made. Being with the family and friends. Exploring a small portion of Maine and it’s beauty– oh yes, my favorite color. In my adulthood, I’ve made it back up there a few times. Whether it was a day trip with my family or vacationing there with my husband. If you’ve ever been, you know what I mean when I say it’s one of my favorite places on Earth. Thunder Hole is a great attraction there. To hear the waves crash and sound like distant thunder, amazing. The view of the ocean from the top of Cadillac Mountain is stunning. We got up one morning super early to watch the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen. We also went to see the sunset at the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Stunning I’m hoping we can make it back up there this summer. If we do, I’ll let you know.

This past December, my husband brought me to Cape Cod for my birthday. I had only been once years ago, one weekend in the summer and I of course loved it! The feel of the air and the warmth of the sun, so peaceful. The water was warm, and the swimming was great. It was different this time. It was so cold, well actually it was freezing. Yet that didn’t stop us from exploring the different beaches. I sat in a foldable chair that we found in the trunk of the car and watched the sunset the first night we were there. Oh the colors. The yellows, oranges, and reds as the sun disappeared into the water. One of God’s greatest masterpieces! We went on a wild goose chase to find lighthouses while we were there. Allegedly there are a few, but we found one! One that wasn’t even on the water that was super underwhelming, but we found one! I was sad to when we had to go home and leave my favorite color.

Ever since I can remember, one of my favorite things to do when I’m at the beach, any beach, is to collect seashells. Or as I like to call them nature’s treasures. I have so many of them. I’ve collected them wherever I’ve gone. They are everywhere, like on my desk, on my dresser, in the kitchen, you get the idea. Sometimes I find them in the oddest places, even in both mine and my husband’s cars. I still have a couple small ones in my coat pocket from our trip to Cape Cod that I take out to feel and look at and reminisce from time to time. I think I’ll keep them in there. I love how they bring me back. Back to all those cherished moments, in honor of my favorite color!!!