August 14, 2010
Continuing on the subject of the previous blog post, AI Lobby, this is a trip the students in the Housing Units took to Newport Beach in California.
I know. I don’t look like the happiest of campers in this first photo. I wasn’t. The transition from South Florida to Southern California had not been as smooth as I anticipated (or daydreamed). Still, I had to be thankful for the opportunity to visit a beautiful place.
One of the things that surprised me were how many homes are built on the side of mountains or near the edge of cliffs. Expensive homes. I wouldn’t feel very secure, but these homes are everywhere along the coast.
I figure, when I finally settle down somewhere, I would like lots of water and mountains nearby.
The Atlantic Ocean back home is warm, mid-70s. The Pacific Ocean is freezing cold. Hmm, it’s look lime green in this shot. This particular moment I was ready for it. The first time I put my hand in the water, months earlier, I was shocked.
Even during trips to the beach, I’d see little kids braving the cold water, shivering, huddled together as the waves hit them. I am not that brave.
Eric Christopher Jackson