I had never really spent any time by the ocean until this trip. And let me tell you, I like the ocean. It smells nice. It makes the horizon really big. It does cool things with waves. It’s a pretty color:
However, while I like being by the ocean, I learned I am afraid of being in the ocean. It’s big. There are waves. And if you’re not a strong swimmer, the ocean can kill you:

And things live in the ocean! Sometimes really big things, because the ocean is big! Things like whales:

And sea turtles:

And twenty-year-olds from the Coast Guard! (Hello, boys!)

Yes, I like the ocean.