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Back from the beach

I’m back from an unexpectedly long vacation at the beach: three whole days. I say “unexpectedly long” because we had planned for two days, but we were having so much fun that we just lost control and, acting on a wild and irresponsible whim, stayed another night.

A beach vacation requires a beach book. That’s what Mike’s wife calls books like The Da Vinci Code: books that don’t require much thought and help you while away the time between ventures into the water. I didn’t actually bring a Dan Brown book with me. Instead, I brought a blank book and a fountain pen.

The great thing about a blank book is that you don’t have to be limited by the small selection of beach books at the drugstore. You can write your own beach book. Try it next time you go to the beach: you’ll be surprised by how much fun you can have.

The beach we picked was on Presque Isle, a beautiful peninsula that sticks out into Lake Erie and gives the city of Erie a fine harbor. The whole peninsula is a state park, a birdwatcher’s paradise where you can see Baltimore orioles, indigo buntings, and a redwing blackbird every three feet or so.

Erie itself is a charming city, and the most charming thing about it is this: I spent three days there and not once did anyone mention The Da Vinci Code. Now that’s what I call a vacation.

2 Responses to “Back from the beach”

  1. Rev. Michael Philliber Says:

    The picture at the top is extremely pretty. The pastoral scene is striking. What is it called & where is it from? Thanks.

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