Late this afternoon I found myself driving on the California freeways as the sun was setting. I was coming home from a day in LA. Pink and blue cotton candy clouds filled the sky and I knew sunset at the beach would be amazing. According to Siri and her skillful navigation, I would be home just in time to catch it.
As I drove down my street, Catalina sat on the horizon, straight ahead . . . the sun setting behind her, the sky a beautiful magenta. I quickly parked my car and with my phone in hand ran to the beach. In just a couple blocks, I passed several people headed the same direction to join the gathering crowd, some with fancy cameras, some with phones like me, and of course the surfers, just taking it in. I snapped a few shots. Unable to capture the richness of the colors, I decided to enjoy the view with my very own eyeballs.
As the sun set, I looked around at the people standing on the steps and along the beach trail, all there to take in the beauty of mother nature. Warmed my heart to see the glow of the setting sun on their faces. The appreciation and gratitude was palpable, truly. Makes me happy to witness folks enjoying the simple things . . . the world slowed down for a few minutes . . . and it felt good.
Grateful for a beautiful end to my day.