Marneys go on a vacation to the beautiful coast to experience the majesty of the great redwoods and the fathomlessness of the great Pacific Ocean. Right? Right.

But this is a place for honesty and the truth of the matter is that I’ve been in such pain today – due to some something in my left ankle/heel – that I could scarcely think of anything else. This morning we stopped at Walgreens to pick up a cane to help me limp along. Not my first cane, mind you. My gout cane is in my closet at home. So now, at 39, I am the proud owner of my second cane. I did not see things going this way.

So, what few photos I have are taken from the one sitting position I found myself on the beach, alongside some screen caps of drone footage I took with George this afternoon while the others hiked. The waters of of the river were such a majestic color!

I hate how I feel, and I hate not being able to walk – yet – I cannot help but feel joy that my children are able to have this unique experience. Watching them walk together up an down the beach is a memory that will last far beyond the echoes of this pain. The heights of the trees is something that they will remember every time we walk in any forest together.

I hate the way I feel, but for this – for them – I’d do it again in a heartbeat.


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