2018 and Bodysurfing

(picture taken by my brother)

It feels great to be back! The last few months have been a process to say the least: wading through emotions, personalities, and struggles that were quite unexpected. Through it all I have been leaning on my faith and thankful for yet another life tool my dad taught me – bodysurfing. Do any of you bodysurf?

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Now that’s a mouthful!

Have you ever been tongue-tied, feeling like your tongue weighs hundreds of pounds and just won’t let you speak correctly? Welcome to the world of the magnificent Gray whale.

WhaleTailTurkkuFixThese gentle giants of the ocean have 3,000 pound tongues, now that is a wet kiss!  Their massive tongues are used to lick off the amphipods (small shrimp-like creatures) which they suck up from the ocean floor that, in turn, gets stuck to their baleen “teeth” (baleen is bristle, a similar substance is found in human hair and fingernails). Gray whales also have hearts that weigh nearly 300 pounds. Maybe this is why their underwater callings sound so heavy-hearted and yet so confusing?

The Sparkling Jewel of Palos Verdes

There is beauty and then there is Palos Verdes, California beauty. Nestled within the hillside, sitting atop the rugged cliffs that meet the Pacific Ocean sits Wayfarers Chapel, better known to locals as “the glass church.”

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