and if you happen to be extremely lucky, as we were, you might get to swim alongside giant turtles.
After having gotten stuck in the mud/sand in an earlier attempt to park on a beachfront, (I later realized that all the pictures I thought I shot of the scenes showing Chuck and two other men's valiant efforts at getting us unburried, that none of the photos came out)it was not difficult to stop here, as it was the most serene looking two miles of turquoise beach water we had seen all along the North Coast. I need to mention here, that one of those huge SUVs pulled us out of the mud without a squeak.
The beach was not very crowded, as it was a week day, but there were a few families soaking up the rays, and one or two people in the water. If and when I decide to go in, it takes me a relatively long time, unless the temperature is like tub water. In a way, that was a blessing, since as the water was nearly approaching my waist, I heard squeals from both in and out of the water . . . turning quickly to the shore, I see Chuck brandishing his camera, and truly going ape. The commotion was caused by two giant turtles, making an appearance a few feet away from me, and looking totally disinterested in their human onlookers. It's always amazing to realize that no matter how blasé we think we are, such a sight can make one's throat tighten with emotion.
Somehow, if we had been less noisy, they probably would have allowed us to enjoy them a little longer. But nevertheless, at that very moment, we were all earth's creatures.
It is hard to fathom, but this area is always reputed for having some of the highest and most dangerous waves during winter months. It is also home to poisonous algae, so one must heed all the signs! It counts as one of the principal surf locations on the island of Oahu.
If you are thinking "picnic", bring your own, as there are no restaurants or cafés on the beach proper. And don't worry if you're not decked in the latest couture swimwear: I had forgotten my bathing suit, and swam in bra and shorts . . . nobody cared.