My daughter Whitney and I are morning people.
For Spring Break this year, my family took an amazing journey to the King and Prince Hotel on Saint Simons Island. The hotel was our home for 4 days. We rode bikes around the island, swam at the hotel pool, visited Fort Frederica and Cumberland Island National Parks and explored the entire island. It was the best vacation my family has ever experienced.
Barefoot in the sand, and letting the ankle deep waves rush over our feet, my daughter and I explored the beach, following the plovers, terns and various shorebirds.
We found shells. Including the shell of a pre-historic horseshoe crab that at first frightened us, because it looked like a World War I army helmet that had washed ashore.
Then on the second morning the entire sky turned blood orange, the clouds shielding the sun just enough to protect our eyes from looking directly into the sun. We stared at the sun, a fireball, gently rising on the horizon.
And on our last day, a clear crystal blue sky. So clear, you could see the streaks in the sky where airplanes had flown. It was also getting warmer. That refreshing day, we could tell spring was coming.
morning people. We get up early, I start to work, she prepares for school, and my wife gets a few more minutes of sleep. We are back into our routine. But a couple of times, since coming back, Whitney has hugged me in the early morning before daylight, and asked to see the sunrise. We throw on warmer clothes, clasp hands together and journey outside to explore and watch the sun come up.
While we watch the sun come up over our city, we remember our special gift from Saint Simons Island, the sunrise, the place and that special time and memory with my daughter.
Written by Pat Byington, editor of The Green Register