This is why we like to explore outside of the tours, leave the path and find out what’s on the other side.
Outside is where you find the life.
Outside is where you feel the wind and smell the sea, see the birds nesting and hunting, and where you have a chance to see what’s hidden underneath.
On St. Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay, outside is where the rock pools are, the caves that are only accessible on days like today when the sky was clear, the waves were calm and the tide was low.
I want to come back on a day after a wild storm at high tide and watch the waves roar through these little slots and explode a hundred feet in the air. (I want to see it from inside while I’m wrapped in a blanket with a cup of hot chai tea and some binoculars.)
Today, with no waves and bright sunshine beaming through the cracks, the caves and pools had light and color I haven’t seen anywhere else.
Brian was thrilled. He is the king of climbing and touching everything, so he was all smiles as he climbed in and out of the holes and cracks.
We spent more time outside climbing in, under and around the rocks, than we did inside the lighthouse. We hiked the whole circumference of the island and were hoping to see a few seals soaking in the sun, but they decided not to come out and show off for us. Maybe we’ll see them next time.
We were smart to bring our jackets, it was really windy and cold, but that bright September sunshine and the crisp air made up for the chill.
We are so lucky. I can’t wait to bring my kids out here.
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