Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What We've Been Doing So Far

We flew into San Diego on October 3rd. For the first time in a long time we didn't have an early morning flight so we didn't have to rush to get to the airport. 

Chuck is better at directions than I am so he always goes first, then I tell Beth to "follow dad" and I follow Beth.

The airport was pretty busy but we made it through security and got to our gate with plenty of time to spare. I'd much rather be early - to anywhere! - than late so I'm a happy camper when we arrive early. 

Chuck prefers the aisle seat and Beth doesn't like to fly so I always get the window seat. She especially doesn't like it when we take off.

Take offs and landings aren't my favorite either but once we're in the air, my phone comes out and I'm glued to the window pane! I love aerial photography! It's a perspective you don't get every day and I've never understood how people can watch movies or play on their phones the whole flight!

Mount Rainier

This is Miramar, the Marine Corp air field where my dad will be interned. (Not sure why Miramar, he was in the Navy.) But anyway, when I saw this I started to cry. This trip was the first time in more than 30 years that I went to San Diego and my dad wouldn't be there. It's a hard thing to accept.

One of the first things we did after getting to San Diego was go to the beach! Our 2 favorites are La Jolla and Mission Beach. This time we went to Mission. We walked along the shore, played corn hole, did some shopping and even had lunch, right there at the ocean. 

For me there's no place like the beach. And I know it's that way for a lot of people. I took a deep breath and smelled that salt water as I walked across the sand and when the water hit my feet I immediately felt a sense of rest and peace. As much as my heart aches knowing my dad is gone, I just knew everything was going to be okay. What is it about the ocean that causes reflection and introspection? 


Barb said...

Hi Cindy~

What a wonderful post! I can tell that this trip really helped you find the closure and comfort that you needed! Love the photos in the air and the beach! You have such a beautiful family!

Hugs and Love,

Rebecca Jo said...

Ahhh - I'm so thankful you had that sense of peace about you at the ocean. The spot where we can feel so small in this great big world! So glad you had your family with you!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I agree, I always like to be early at the airport. Glad it went well for you. I love a isle seat. If not all I think about is having to pee and not wanting to bother people. But the window seat is the best, if only my mind wouldn't stop thinking about going potty!!! You got some great photos. When we first got to California 30 years ago we lived in La Jolla area for 9 months. We still go there often to eat at The Spot and see the seals. The ocean is the best, it helps make us feel whole again. ((Hugs))