Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lifeguard Station #1

Sometimes you just get lucky. I did.

Let me explain… Please, it’s not what you think!

I got lucky enough to see a lifeguard station come out of hibernation.

Having lived within 20 miles of the California coast all my life, I’ve been to the beach lots and lots of times. My wife and I like it best in the winter when the crowds are gone, but all the beauty remains.

As I mentioned in some earlier posts, we recently vacationed in Oceanside, California. One morning, we ventured out for a walk along the beach. We walked for a mile or so along the beachfront road until we were stopped: the sidewalk was blocked by a jacketed lifeguard.

What was she doing? She was blocking traffic!

But why? What was the occasion?

The first lifeguard station of the season was being put in position! Spring break was around the corner, and so were the beach-going crowds who needed protecting.

I didn’t know that lifeguard stations got to winter together. I guess they huddle together for warmth? Or perhaps they’re just social?

I had my camera, so I snapped off a series of shots capturing this serendipitous occasion.

(After they unloaded the tower, a couple of lifeguards removed the wooden beam from the tower’s metal undercarriage.)

All in all, it was a special moment. I got lucky!


  1. How cool take such awesome pictures and write such desriptive stories. You should be writing books for money my friend :)

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  2. Reggie,

    Thanks. My blog is my practice zone where I learn to write... practice the craft... plus the photography is just a bonus. Pictures, like words, give us a chance to share with others the things that catch our interests or our hearts.

    Steady on!