As if to somehow reflect the range of experiences half a century lived must entail, my birthday jaunt was varied and episodic. I didn't mean it to be. In fact, I didn't mean it to be anything. Unusually, I had no plan at all... spontaneous drift was the only thing on the agenda. 'No plan' turned out to be the perfect plan.

I started at a lighthouse, climbed up a sand mountain, did some accidental bird watching, got my lenses too close to the sea, found a very well-hidden footpath down to a paradisical private beach, walked across a secret park, through the trees, to a wedding chapel set on the side of a hill.


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