Dawn on the second half of my life.
Celebrated my 40th this past weekend with good friends - old and new. We went to a place that ranks in my top 5 favorites on this planet, the small cottage Jewett's grandpa built back in the '30's where Dave and I have gone since we were kids. The waves were small but super fun and consistent, the water warm, the fish were starting to run, sun blazing and truth be told I don't know that it could have been much better for everyone. There isn't much need to write a ton, the photos do the talking. I'd just like to say thanks to those who made the trip and helped me ring in the half-way mark to my life. It was a very special weekend and made me quite happy to be where I am. There are more (and much better) photos thanks to Martin and his mad skillz with the 5D here.
These suckers were posted everywhere in the cottage, even out on the street! Great idea and made me a bit melancholy for sure.
Emily found time in between baking birthday brownies and posting old photos of me to get into the waves on the kayak.
The waves started too small to surf with boards but they were great in the 'yaks!
Ms Alex blew off a marathon to attend. That's dedication!
Jimmy the SunGod wished the wind blew harder. Martin waits for a pass.
Time to replace carbs
Pizza and Beer for lunch!
For dinner White House chef Iggy snagged a huge steak out of Obama's fridge and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
James especially enjoyed the steak...
Iggy explains his faith in Maureen taking on the large dose of icing on her brownie. Considering Maureen had just biked 120 miles that day in preparation for her upcoming World Championship Iron Man race in Kona, she deserves to eat anything she damn well pleases! She could have easily stayed in her comfort-training-zone back in DC but nope, she came to the island, weathered the pot holes and traffic to still be present AND get her workout in. Huge thanks for the effort Maureen! Now eat that icing!
Gives new meaning to BlueTooth
Iggy and his lemonade
The next morning Alex and Martin headed to the South end of the island to watch the sunrise. Dave had miraculously appeared on the couch at about 5am after a 12 hour marathon drive from NORTH of TORONTO!!! He had a comp on the 19th (my actual b-day) but he wouldn't be kept from a party at his own place so he busted out of the sub-freezing temps of the Great White North and showed true colors as my best friend. Talk about dedication, the man is HARD CORE! He slept a bit the next morning but didn't miss a beat once he woke up and joined the fun. He even brought a SICK new hand-made coffee table for me!
Jimmy, Caz (brown flip flops) and Martin with his new tat.
Emily sporting the 'bun'
Is this the Caribbean or Jersey? Look at that water!
Dave and Alex
Jewett drops into another glassy left
Everyone had a chance to get into the waves and have some fun
Jewett gets a ride
I poached Dave's new board and scored many waves on it.
Everyone had to head home Sunday but Monday Dave and I stayed on to keep surfing and fishing as we have for about 30 years. Dave heads out with Tommy to check waves.
The waves down at Holgate were clean and fun - all lefts. Dave was a pig in mud with the longboard we borrowed from East of Maui - thanks Mark!
Everyone got tatoos - even Dave
To make the trip complete we scored a dozen small bluefish in the surf.
As with any good adventure, all we left were footsteps. Thanks for reading.