So we left at 2:30 in the morning in order to get to the beach in time to see the sunrise at around 6:30. We got there about 5:30 and made our way to the dark beach. Because it is so humid here, it was quite pleasant, despite the early hour. We (or rather just about everyone else) frolicked on the beach while awaiting the sun. There’s something magical about being awake before the sun, to see it make its first appearance. It was especially magical seeing it over the ocean with the boardwalk and the city behind us, still asleep. After the sun came up, we spent some time in the sand, David tried to build a castle that would stand up to the tide, making waterways that would hopefully divert and disperse the water. Eventually we headed back to the car to drop off towels and change our shoes. Then we decided to find breakfast. We had found a place to eat about a mile from our location and made our way to it. As we were walking, we were getting more and more hungry and less and less inclined to walk that far. We ended up stopping at the “Brass Balls Saloon/Bad Ass Cafe.” Charming, right? Anyway, the food was okay but we were happy to eat something and not walk in the relentless sun (funny how we now wished it would go away after just celebrating its return). A few members of the group decided to go swimming in the ocean and the rest of us walked down the other direction of the boardwalk, finding excuses to go into stores for the air conditioning. We ended up leaving around noon, all having had our fill of the ocean side. I was really happy to finally see the Atlantic (I even got a bottle of sand and water as a keepsake) and feel it’s warm(er than the Pacific) water.
And now for a ton of pictures (remember, more pictures here):