Friday, January 8, 2010

The Beach at Sunset

Just as the title implies, Marge and I made our way down to the beach late in the afternoon. I had wandered down there the other day and was instantly struck by the beauty around me; because I didn't have a camera with me on that occasion, I knew I'd have to go back soon. Thursday was the day.

As I marveled at the sunset, Marge found things that were beautiful in a different way - they SMELLED beautiful, at least to her. Yuck!

We walked on, the low and setting sun splashing everything with a dash of gold. It was so picturesque - except, of course, for Marge's glorious pile of litter pictured above - and ridiculously relaxing. Internet trouble has had me stressed out beyond belief for the past few days - a resolution to my horrendously slow speeds and inability to navigate most websites (the reason that my comments to those I follow have been sporadic, at best) doesn't feel within reach. Making this very blog post is an arduous task. So, it was a welcome to be able to get out of the house and walk on this mild winter day.

Do you remember a picture like this from over the summer? The inspirational graffiti still stood tall among the old ruins, and it called for yet another photo-op. I hope that I have made Marge's life "good" since I made that vow over the summer in this very spot.

We reached our destination at the end of the beach. The sunset was magnificent!

Yes, Marge got her picture taken, too.

A short while later, we turned around and headed for home.

Another day gone, another walk complete - how lucky I am to have such a secluded and peaceful place to walk with an equally great companion to accompany me. No matter how slow my internet connection is, nothing can take away from such an exhilarating experience.


Diana January 8, 2010 at 5:28 AM  

I love the beach and the water. Great pictures. Diana

Cyndi and Stumpy January 8, 2010 at 6:35 AM  

You are sooooo lucky! I miss wlaking on the beach and waling in the woods! I am not missing winter, though.

Sara January 8, 2010 at 6:38 AM  

Great photos. Glad you got to go for a nice peaceful walk.

Frankie Furter and Ernie January 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

Internet troubles seem to be hitting a lot of us for some reason. Perhaps it is a CAT CONSPRIACY.
Your photos are gorgeous. Very peaceful.

RILEY AND STAR MY MALTESEKIDS January 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

Hi Marge,

Boy, you just live the Life of Riley! But your not Riley, so why can't that be me?

You are so darn luck to live close to a beach!

Wonderful pictures!

Riley and Star.

LauraK January 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Hi there! I found your blog on Sara's blog, and I really enjoy reading it. I have a mixed breed rescue as well- so it's always fun reading about other people's experiences with their rescue dogs :) Beautiful pictures- I hope one day my Riley girl can experience a beach- we don't have too many of those in Colorado!

SissySees January 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Lovely photos. My dogs like the beach, and I can't wait to get back there!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly January 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

Terrific pics!! We're warmed up just seeing the beach and the sun!!

Woofs and Kisses!

Golden Samantha January 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

Beautiful walk, gorgeous photos and great, inspirational writing. So sorry you're having probs with the 'puter though - that can be so frustrating! You must have been so bundled up - we hear it's furry cold!
Hugs xo

Kathy Mocharnuk January 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

You are very lucky to have such a beautiful place to enjoy time with yourself and your dog. I do not know about you but those are the type of things that can really recharge my batteries ;-). Glad you were able to post the pictures, they brighten our day!

Bijou January 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
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Bijou January 8, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

Hi Marge,

You lucky dog! We are still buried under snow and stuck inside cause it's way too COLD!

We enjoyed seeing your pictures. I'd like to feel the sandy beach under my feets!


BRUTUS January 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

Lovely photos, especially the sunset! Cant imagine how cold it must be on that beach!! Sorry about you internet troubles... always feels like loosing your link to the world!!

Michelle & Brutus

Golden Woofs! SUGAR January 8, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Woof! Woof! Happy New Year. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Thanks for sharing such a LOVELY photos. The beach is always a great place to go for such inspirational long walks. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! January 8, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

What great pikhs!

The skies were pawesome AND so are all the ones with Marge!

Tank woo fur sharing!

AND YIKES ON THE INTERNET! Mom would be freakin'!


Cinnamon and Mint January 8, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Beautiful photos indeed! Glad that you had such a great walk.

The Army of Four January 8, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

BEAUTIFUL pix! I especially like the one of Marge in profile at sunset!

D.K. Wall January 8, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

Great photos - especially since we just got back from our own beach adventure.

Lorenza January 8, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

All those pictures are so beautiful!
I'd love to have that kind of walkies!
Kisses and hugs

Sue January 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

Those are wonderful pictures. I love sunrise and sunset photos. It looks like no one was around. What a place to walk.

River January 8, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's terrific that you have a beach for yourself and such beautiful skies. We need to come visit bol

love & wags,

kissa-bull January 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

you should be a model!!!! we are jelly cause its too cold here to go to the beach.
enjoy it for us
wiggles and waggles
the houston pittie pack

Martha January 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

Such lovely relaxing photos! As you say dogs find the sniffing much more interesting but we humans like nice scenery.
Martha & Bailey xxx

Amy / Layla the Malamute January 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

What great pictures! Sorry it's taken so long to reply to your comment. I'm about an hour south-east of East Freehold Park. I love that show site - we do the Conformation cluster there in May, and I go to watch the agility shows whenever they're held there. Hope to see you and Marge sometime!

Gus, Louie and Callie January 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

What beautiful pictures. We sure could help you enjoy that...
Mom found that her virus software caused her not to get to some sites. Just a suggestion...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Anonymous January 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Kathy Mocharnuk January 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

HI, just wanted to tell you that you said you were thinking of doing the 4 on the floor with Marge, and I was just going to say that I have seen what you are talking about with Marge slamming into position, and Chloe used to do that with the 2020, but then she hurt her shoulders and we trained a rock back, weight shift that really makes it much nicer on her shoulders and seemed to take care of her problem with it. when I retrained Liz FROM the 4 on the floor to the 2020 the rock back and weight shift was part of my criteria, so if you deceide you want to stick with the 2020 and want to train that let me know if you have any questions about how I taught that, it has worked pretty nicely for us, I also have Breeze do it on the dog walk , but just another option in the contact dilema, LOL, I feel your pain, it is hard to deceide what you want to do and to balance all the factors in your decision, but just thought I would throw that all into the pot. If you do deceide to do the 4 on the floor email me and I will give you any hints I have learned. Good luck!

houndstooth January 9, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

We are so envious of your walk on the beach! The snow comes up to Bunny's chest right now, so no walks for us!

We're happy to have found your great blog!

Natalie January 9, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

Gorgeous photos Sam! I love sunset pictures. Marge looks so at ease, and it sounds so relaxing. I wish we had someplace like this to go, our lake is frozen completely. What kind of camera do you use?

somethingwitty January 10, 2010 at 12:11 AM  

ruff ruff, hello marge my new buddy! i think its time we get together again and have fun with my cameras =], not to say that sammie isnt doing a wonderful job!

Muttsandaklutz January 10, 2010 at 1:06 AM  

Great photos. How special to have this concrete (no pun intended) reminder of your philosophy with Marge.

Oh, and I totally relate about internet speed. I had 14.4K dialup until a couple of years ago. It was sooo slow. Hope it picks up for you soon.

Life With Dogs January 11, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

Looks like the perfect escape from computer frustrations. I hope those are out of your way in a hurry!

Gus, Louie and Callie January 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

Did Mom get a picture of that ACD?

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

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