I had been to a nice beach the other day.People here say that the Asilomar sunset is one of the best things of the Monterey bay area.Well i must say unlike other such instances where i find its more the hype than the fact,this case was different.Its really a lovely place - all you people who will say whats there in a beach...they are all the same...i wont argue.I found it nice and that is what counts i guess.
The beach itself isnt something so striking to fall in love with.But i think it was just the time of the day the ambience that got me.Its a crescent rugged stretch of about half a mile with the hills of Carmel rising behind it.The white sand and the rocky terrain all added to the whole picture with the sun gently resting on the horizon as if trying to get a quick sleep before going into hiding.We were lucky - there was very little cloud cover and no fog which is pretty common here at this time of the year.We walked for about half an hour the entire stretch trying to get soaked into the wonderful surrounding.
There were not very many people in the beach and that was good.Most of the famous beaches are so crowded with people that you dont realize whether you have come to enjoy nature or spend some time in a shopping mall.The few people who were there were mostly taking the evening walk with their family.Some others were having a playful time with their dogs.I watched a baby boy trying to get away from his father at every opportune moment and trying to chase their dog to catch a ball....and the father running after both.These things really appeal to me.The very personal intimate moments when people really have a nice time oblivious of all their pain and troubles of the mundane life. Then there were people just sitting idly on the white sands talking and enjoying the sun going down.Its a real romantic place - a place where you can spend an idle couple of hours enjoying the surroundings along with the person you love.Add to that something to eat and drink and its a recipe of a perfect evening.
We were now on our way back from one end of the beach.The sun slowly slid under the cover of some low lying clouds near the horizon.It didnt make a perfect sunset but it sure was nice. The nice golden glow which you can look into and enjoy.The sky looked just like a pallete some kid had sprayed the color on.We walked our way back slowly to the car.A kid and his dad was just jogging on the trail.The kid was running ahead of his dad...panting and waiting for his dad to catch up.Then when they got near the car the dad got hold of him and swung him in the air before embracing him in a playful manner.I said to myself - This is one of the instances of perfect happiness in one's life that we so unsuccessfully strive to achieve through materialistic ways.