But as we all know, summer on the island (and off-island, Iâ€™m sure, as well) brings with it much, much more.
And so, whatâ€™s gone down on the island of late?
First, the storms that have swept over us and into the Atlantic have been a sight to behold, dramatic in their arrival and quick in their departure. Summer storms just make you feel alive somehow, donâ€™t they?
As expected, the sea turtles have also arrived, leaving their marks up and down the beach. Some summer, Iâ€™d love to volunteer to patrol a section of the beach each morning, checking for turtle tracks that might indicate a new nest. As this may require waking up at the crack of dawn and acting coherently seven days a week, however, letâ€™s just say Iâ€™m not sure that Iâ€™d be the right woman for the job.
Earlier this week, a boy on vacation with his family spent hours using a long stick to create these circle patterns up and down the beach. It was fascinating to see how focused and systematic he was, working his patterns across the sand.
Finally, my sons and one of their friends, a boy whose parents are cool enough to give their son a real shovel and not just a cheap beach shovel like some parents I know, spent the day making any number of sand creations, including this crop circle/fortress/sand swirl.
And then, as it always does, the tide came in, claiming their work and leaving behind a canvas ripe for tomorrowâ€™s filling.