Weekly Photo Challenge: A different point of view (Take 2)

Weekly Photo Challenge:  A different point of view (Take 2)

Took this at Olympic National N.P., I think it was at Rialto Beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Moody like the sea
There are times when I’m calm and peaceful; relaxed and well at ease.
So perfectly contented my eyelids droop; with sleep, they tease
At other times I’m frantic, frenzied, prickly as a pear
Boisterous, ranting, raving like a savage, or a bear
I find I’m like the ocean, yes, I’m moody like the sea.
And yet I know to soothe my soul, there’s no place I’d rather be.

By:  Lisa

Day at the beach

Day at the beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

For this week, the photo challenge was…..

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means BEYOND to you!

All of the photos below represent “beyond” to me although in different ways.

Old CCC camp at Prince William National Forest Park - A little creepy, sitting beyond the road a distance.

Old CCC camp at Prince William National Forest Park – A little creepy, sitting beyond the road a distance.

Boating with family, 10,000 Islands...what is beyond the clouds?

Boating with family, 10,000 Islands…what is beyond the clouds?

View from ferry coming into Seattle, looking forward to what awaits us beyond the shore.

View from ferry coming into Seattle, looking forward to what awaits us beyond the shore.

Taken in Olympic National Park; the ocean beyond the hole in fallen log

Taken in Olympic National Park; the ocean beyond the hole in fallen log

Kerplunk

Me, long before the nickname kerplunk

Me, long before the nickname kerplunk

 

The smell of the low tide on the way home tonight brought back more childhood memories.  You know how you can be somewhere and just get a whiff of something and it can take you back to a specific time in your life?

My dad was a commercial fisherman and stone crabber and we were out on the water a lot growing up.  It’s hard to remember exactly how old I was, but I think I was around 10 or 11 and I must have been going through a gawky, clumsy stage.  One year my dad gave me the nickname “kerplunk”.  It wasn’t one of those nicknames that last you for the rest of your life (thank goodness!)  It was a nickname for a season.  And let me tell you, that particular season, I earned it.

It seemed that we couldn’t be in the boat or actually anywhere near a body of water without me falling in. “Kerplunk”, he would say.   I was thinking today that maybe the fact that dad started calling me that made me fall in even more, since our words hold such power.

I remember one time he was fishing and there was a large cooler in the boat and at the time the lid was halfway off.  I was precariously perched on the edge of it and before I knew it, I was overboard and trying to get back in the boat.  “Kerplunk”.  Another time, my dad was stopped near a mangrove tree and had told us all to sit down as he was about to take off.  In all my youthful stupidity, I thought it would be a cool idea to hang on to the mangrove branch as my dad moved forward.

The next thing I know, I’m hanging from the branch as the boat speeds away.  I thought it was pretty funny until the branch broke.   I screamed and they looked back about the time I found myself going under.  Thankfully, I did know how to swim.  I can still remember how the oyster shells felt when they cut through the tender flesh in the salty water.  My dad gave me a piece of his mind that day for that one, but he had to feel sorry for me at the same time.  I was a pathetic, bawling, dripping mess by the time they picked me up.

Then, it seemed that as quickly as my “kerplunk” incidents began, they just stopped happening.  I guess you could probably say I learned my lesson, started paying more attention instead of trying to merely get attention.  Even though it’s kind of an embarrassing one, it’s a good memory, because I remember all the good times we had out in the boat.  I’ll have to remind my dad about that the next time I see him.

Mitch Teemley

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