I grew up in Oklahoma City and it is still my primary home and my place of business. If you know Oklahoma City which I assume most don't, then you know that we are pretty much as flat as a pancake. It is really not a city of natural beauty, far from it. It is an easy city to live in with great road systems that facilitate travel and our standard joke is you can get anywhere in 20 minutes and this is a city that is 650 square miles. It is also a very clean city as well as being 8% below the national cost of living. You can gas up today for $2.09 a gallon.
However, there is a major flaw in our area, no oceans. It was at 17 that i first saw the ocean which was the Pacific and to say I was awestruck was an understatement. It was turquoise and blue and it was vast and endless to the eye. It struck my teenage imagination like nothing else, except for girls of course. I vowed that one day I would live by the ocean and thanks to my wife who is not from Oklahoma we realized that dream in Jupiter Florida. We now spend half the year there and walking in the sand is a morning ritual I never miss unless it is a downpour.
The picture above is a morning at Jupiter Beach where we do a 4 mile walk and it is a dog friendly beach. There is so much I love about it and I cannot understand people walking with headphones on or endlessly talking on a phone. I am mesmerized by the color of the ocean and the look of the skies, and the sound of the waves are music to me. It is like meditation where you are alone with your thoughts except when Charlene and I have something important to talk about but other than that it is pure pleasure and contentment. As someone in my 70s doing something as simple as walking by the ocean makes me feel timeless and as a senior it doesn't get any better than that.