Waking up this morning around 6am to make it out to Crescent Beach for the Easter morning sunrise service took a bit of effort, but I knew it would be worth it as the clear colorful mornings on the ocean always fill me with a peace and make me smile. It was a lovely service with a simple white cross stuck sturdily in the sand towering above the crowd of hundreds, including a few dolphins, flocks of seagulls, and the occasional line of pelicans flying gracefully in a row.
Luckily, the Easter fashion on our laid-back island include not much more than the shirt you went to bed in, a pair of jeans, flip flops and a beach towel to wrap up in...so I didn't have to fuss over a fancy pink dress, but instead just pulled my hair back in a ponytail and we were out the door. As we sat on the beach I was thinking about the past Easter mornings...3 years ago celebrating with a sunrise service at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, and last year we were watching the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) outside the Duomo in Florence. Today was a gorgeous day and after a 4-hour nap after the service, the afternoon was spent again on the beach enjoying the sun.
That 4-hour nap was completely necessary after getting back really late last night from an a-mazing show in Orlando. Ratatat straight rocked our senses...even though they didn't play El Pico, I was happy they opened with Nostrand which is my favorite song to run to...the bpm is perfect for a good pace :). no kidding. crank it up on your ipod and try it out.
I feel like my head is still full of music, since even Friday night we headed out to see our friend Dan of Alkaline Trio play an acoustic set (who was SO good), along with Tom from Against Me and Brendan from The Lawrence Arms. It was a good sold-out show and a great start to a fun weekend. Now it's back to the mp3s for a while until the next live show on the calendar...