We have done some traveling this year, and those travels have taken us to both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Putting those together, one thought ran through my mind:
From Atlantic to Pacific, Gee the traffic is terrific!
“Home for the Holidays” by Al Stillman and Robert Allen
(Made famous by Perry Como and the Carpenters, among others)
Except that we went from Pacific to Atlantic, chronologically speaking. As noted on the photo, we were at the Pacific Ocean in June 2023, during our 2023 Hawaiʻi trip, and we were at the Atlantic Ocean in October 2023 at Cocoa Beach. But who says that things have to be in the right order all the time, anyway?
And since there were several months in between our trips, I am not sure that I can categorize the traffic as terrific. Also, we did not drive from one ocean to the other, since I still have not figured out how to drive to Hawaiʻi. Is terrific traffic good traffic or bad traffic? Because we did get in some traffic on our way to Florida that I would not call terrific.
Plus, Laura gets bonus points for also going to the Gulf of Mexico on our church’s Ladies Beach Trip in September. Trifecta for her!
We were not trying to conquer all the oceans of the world, if you are wondering. It just happened that way this year due to all sorts of things. You might as well enjoy those times when they happen.
Some people have grand plans of visiting all 50 states in the United States, or all of the National Parks, or all of the countries of the world. And that is great, for them. On the other hand, we do not have a grand plan. We just like to see what happens next, and do what we can when we can.
For example, we visited some places on this last Florida trip that we had not planned to visit at all. There were some spur of the moment decisions based on where we were and what was going on, and we ended up having a great time and seeing some things that were really fun for us. More about those later on.
I have said it before, but I will say it again. Do not get too tied down to a plan that you miss some fun opportunities. Don’t miss out on things just because they were not on your schedule. And that does not just apply to trips, but also to life in general. You never know when opportunities might come up, such as opportunities to help others when they ask, even if it is not in your original plan.
Flexibility is a good thing!
Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. - Mark 1:16-18
About the Photos
As you might guess, both of these photos were taken with my iPhone with the camera in wide mode, using my arm, the “Original Selfie Stick”. That makes my arm holding the phone look really big and long, but that’s okay.
And yes, there were other people at Cocoa Beach that day. We did not have the place all to ourselves, despite how it might look here.
Photo: Two single JPG exposures
Camera: iPhone 14 Pro
Date: June 21, 2023, and October 10, 2023
Location: Waikīkī, Hawaiʻi, and Cocoa Beach, Florida