I decided to attend a conference for my new business. We headed off to spend a few days in San Francisco and then drive the scenic route down the coastal roads to Pismo Beach. The views were spectacular. We rented a Mustang convertible and played Beach Boys the entire trip. While I spent three days at the conference my husband visited local vineyards and golf courses. On our way home we stopped in Carmel by the Sea, the town where Clint Eastwood had been mayor. We visited Alcatraz in San Francisco and my husband insisted on a cameo shot of me running from the prison to the water!
On the cruise we seemed to be following a beer festival along the small towns. In Wurzburg I was thrilled to get off the boat and run in the morning. Along the way there were signs of lots of partying the night before.
We had originally chosen to go to Turks because my husband has become an avid scuba diver and had heard that the diving was particularly good in this area. They don’t allow speed boats or recreational vehicles along this stretch of the beach and it is so blissfully quiet. I did go snorkling a couple of times. I’m not much of a swimmer but I try to do things my husband enjoys since he is such a good sport about the early morning running photos. Plus he gaveme pink fins to encourage me. The first day our snorkling we saw two sharks. If you could scream underwater I was doing it. Meanwhile he grabbed my hand and tried to get me to swim closer to get a better view. Afterwards he told me I was lucky. He hadn’t seen a shark until he’d been snorkling for many years. Personally I’d prefer to see fish smaller than myself.
Back to Negril for another birthday, the last one of this decade of my life! We had a fabulous two weeks and of course I ran my favourite beach every morning. On my birthday I ran twice, once at dawn and the second time at sunset when this picture was taken. The sunsets in Negril are spectacular as the red fire ball sun disappears behind the horizon. We have a special room we like to reserve that has a corner balcony overlooking the beach. Lots of evenings we sit there and enjoy the special Jamaican sunset. Sometimes we take our wine and head down to the beach to enjoy a view from deck chairs pulled right up to the shoreline so that our toes are resting in the surf.
One of the things about Negril is that each resort has guards at the start and end of their designated beach section. After a day or two they get to know me and don’t expect me to run over and check in and out which is always such a bother. One of the guards was always listening to an ipod so we would compare notes on who we were listening to each morning. Mostly in Jamaica I listen to Bob Marley. It’s not the fastest running music by a long shot but it has a beat that just makes me happy. I love it that Bob Marley’s birthday is the day after mine and everyone in Negril celebrates that whole week. It feels like my birthday is part of something bigger and I like that.