Dawn rose pink and beautiful over the Atlantic Ocean this morning. We left the heavy drapes open last night, with only the sheers closed, so that we could wake up with the natural light. We did. I lunged for my camera to capture the sun rising in its bright red splendor.
I don’t know if you’ve ever watched the sun rise over the ocean, but it is a truly impressive sight. I’ve done it a couple of times before. You start to see a red dot on the horizon. Today, there were a few wispy clouds at the horizon, which were turned almost fuchsia by the sun’s first rays. Then the sun began to peek over the ocean between the clouds. Suddenly, the whole red orb was just above the horizon. It seems to take only seconds between the time you see the first glints of red and the time the full sun appears. Amazing!!
After watching sunrise for a time, we decided to take advantage of the free continental breakfast. I’m not a huge breakfast person, especially continental breakfasts which tend to consist of lots of bread and pastry. I went to breakfast because I was up and I wanted to spend time with my husband. I was glad I did. The Hilton Oceanside’s continental breakfast was a step above most. In addition to breads and pastries, they had a wide variety of fruit, real oatmeal and cream of wheat with brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon to add, dry cereal, yogurt, a type of trail mix (nuts, flakes coconut, dried fruit) and a few other items. Add really good coffee for me and a hot chocolate for my husband and you have a very satisfying start to the day., ,
We decided to take a short walk to the beach to check it out. The tide was pretty far out and just turning, so there was a wide expanse of hard packed, easy to walk beach. After a quiet walk and the acquisition of a few shells, we returned to our suite. We decided to spend some time soaking up the sun on our balcony. So relaxing . . .
But there was more relaxing to come. I had a massage scheduled for 11 AM. We headed over to the spa, where my husband left me off and went off to amuse himself. I don’t do frequent massages, but I’ve found my fibromyalgia responds pretty well to them.
The spa was nice and the staff friendly. The massage was good and ultimately relaxing. I do have to say that it wasn’t as nice as the spa at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. The spa in Vegas was both larger and more pampering. But this was definitely nice.
The massage was followed up with a nice, hot shower when I got back to the room. I needed to get the massage oil out of my hair. After another session on the balcony, we decided to order room service for a late lunch/early dinner. It was so nice out (temps in the high 60’s, low 70’s), we took the tray out on the balcony and ate al fresco.
I have relaxed so much today, I may never want to leave. After watching the fading light over the ocean, we returned indoors to read and relax. I’m looking forward to tomorrow – and another stressless day. Too bad you can’t bottle this feeling. You’d be richer than Oprah!