Since St. Simon’s Island is the furthest Western beach on the Eastern Seaboard, they get sun-rises later than the rest of the waking world that are spectacular and fiery in every aspect.
Sun rises come on quick and you have to be prepared at least 10 minutes prior to catch it in it’s full splendor.
The sky started off a soft pink indicating where the sun would rise from mixed with the purples of the clouds surrounding and the vast blueness of where the sun had not yet touched the morning sky.
As if on a strict time schedule, the sun started to peek out at 7:01 and within a minute she rose, awakening the world and cutting through the sky with her blazing aura.
Casting a pink light on the gorgeous King & Prince resort. I have become quite a fan of watching sunrises on vacations. It’s not something you typically get to experience at home through the shadow of the skyscapers and pine trees that block the full effect. So when we travel, we try to catch at least one sunrise. This one at the King and Prince might have to be one of my favorites of all time.
The colors were like nothing I had seen before, each second like a new watercolor painting emerging from the horizon, constantly changing and evolving with every breath.
When the sun started her ascent into the clouds, we headed off up the beach in an attempt to walk off some of the amazing shrimp and grits from the night prior.
The beaches on St. Simon’s are particularly windy. If you want a tousled beach hair look, you’re sure to find it within seconds of leaving the confines of the hotel. The sand is soft underfoot, and the water still cool for early April. I imagine it would be very refreshing during the peak heat in the summertime, but we had no desire to go anything more than knee deep in the surf.
We trudged along up the beach towards the quickly disappearing sandbar while watching dogs dive in and out of the surf, chasing seagulls and playing fetch with their owners. Older couples walked along, stooping every now and then collecting fragments of shell or rare pieces of sea glass that may have washed ashore.
We found solace in the quiet morning, thinking I could get used to island life if every morning started with spectacular sunrises and strolls along the beach.