This story originally appeared in The Sun by the Sea newspaper
“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” —Carol Bishop Hipps
Think that summer is the only time to be at the shore? Yes, summers in Wildwood, NJ are legendary (especially if you like crowds) but if you’re looking for tranquil days and star-filled nights…
You’ve come to the right place. Here, autumn needs no introduction. We are aware of its presence long before the calendar declares its arrival. A slight change in the ocean air, the altering of the leaves, these are the things that autumn brings…
What better time to walk along the beach, feeling the now-cooler sand unite with the calm sea air? Such days are meant for lingering, for listening to the sound of sea breezes, and marveling at those multi-colored leaves. Now is the time to feel connected to everything beneath that clear blue sky. The intense heat of summer is replaced with the serene warmth of autumn. These untroubled days remain in our souls long after the calendar commands the change of season.
Since these days pass by so quickly, why not spend them at the shore, where soft breezes are reminiscent of quieter days, when people hurried a little less and appreciated their place in the world a little more? Pause in time and witness the orange glow from the harvest moon residing over an indigo ocean. Take a midday drive and experience a multitude of colors enhancing each breathtaking view. The endless display of golds and greens becomes more magical when intertwined with sand and sea. Each sight and sound takes on a miraculous life of its own, inviting us in for more. Every scene is a postcard waiting to be taken, frozen in these brief, yet blissful moments in time.
No matter where you choose to spend your time this gentlest of seasons, may your soul be inspired by each moment during this mystical era of fading light and starry nights.