Parker River Wildlife Refuge
Yoga, Surfing, Fishing, Chatting & Birdwatching
My around town lady friend tipped me off to a free waterfront yoga class on Plum Island Beach.
A special 5-day session only, with today being the final day, I put the puppy down for a nap and biked it to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
With beach blanket in hand and iPhone around me neck (where else would it be?), I walked the wooden boardwalk to the water – our beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
It’s 8 a.m. The weather is spectacular. I see several other ladies stretching and laying down their yoga mats. Everyone is lovely. Class begins.
After class I felt my body literally melt into the sand. I hadn’t felt that relaxed in I don’t know how long. Of course my mind had slipped away to work, and thoughts of the future here and there while meditating, but I had landed exactly where Angelena wanted me to – at peace.
Slowly I peeled my body away from the warm sand and opened my eyes to what was by now, a fairly active beach scene.
Several couples and families, most snuggled in sweatshirts, had pitched umbrellas and were walking the beach.
Directly in front of Blue Inn on the Beach sat a dozen surfers bobbing up and down in the water waiting for their next ride to shore.
In the opposite direction I caught up with a man fishing near the water’s edge, kicking back in a beach chair with one pole in hand and another sunk into the sand. Why not increase your chances with two lines, right?
And just as I was about to leave I met a couple straight from Montreal outfitted in birdwatching gear from head to toe. They were so excited to be at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge hoping to catch our stellar migrating coastal birds in action.
I absolutely didn’t want to shake off the sand between my toes, but I was sure a certain Dalmatian was up to something by now, and the Riverfront Music Festival of course starts in a few hours.
Enjoy the day!
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