Sunrise and star cookies

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Sun topping the clouds, looking east over the Atlantic Ocean from Tiger Shores Beach on Hutchinson Island, in Stuart, Florida. I woke up and took coffee, camera and dog there first thing yesterday morning.

Three-point-two miles from home, six minutes by car.

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Broken sand dollars are all over this beach, and sometimes whole ones… quickly claimed by beachcombers.

Sand dollars are sea urchins and related to sea stars/ starfish. It’s their skeletons, calcium carbonate tests, that we covet for the round cookie or coin shape with five-fold radially symmetric pattern that looks like a flower or a star.

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The clouds hiding the actual horizon sunrise were probably over the Gulf Stream, which is about 10 miles offshore here. East winds over that warm, fast current help moderate the Florida climate.

Breezy south winds today, with temps climbing to an atypical-for-winter 87 degrees. Then we’ll get a cold front and daytime temps will be in the mid-70s through the weekend, with north winds.

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Here’s my dog, Radar the 3-year-old German Shepherd, loping straight toward me with his typical semi-maniacal look.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. – Henry David Thoreau

 

It’s rarely busy at Tiger Shores Beach, especially on weekdays in any season, and there are no lifeguards. Couple of fisherman and a few people early-morning walking.

Amenities include a sandy parking area, one trash can, a sturdy boardwalk through vegetation over dunes, a shower and foot washing station where the dog first learned to drink from a spraying spigot.

 

A spring in my step

It sings

I got the ‘ fever.

Awake at 4:30 a.m., I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac online and saw that sunrise was scheduled for 6:45 a.m. The temperature was a balmy 37 degrees and predicted to warm to the mid-70s later.

In a lifetime, the average person sees 500 sunsets for every sunrise. I just made that up, but it seems about right. I decided to go see the first sunrise of spring and stretch my winter-weary legs with a walk up my favorite hill.

New day, new season; spring sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean

I parked at North Hampton State Beach (free until May 1st) and headed north along Route 1A, Ocean Boulevard, up to the top of the headland, or promontory, called Little Boar’s Head. At the top, Route 111, aka Atlantic Avenue, meets Route 1A.

To the east, dark became gloriously light. I got very close to a little bird in the bushes singing right at the sun.

A walk from the beach parking lot up the hill and around the headland to the cove of cobbled Bass Beach and back is about two miles roundtrip. It’s one of the best ways I know to start the day.

Here is a Google map I made: Little Boar’s Head seaside walk