So who’s looking for something to do on Saturday? Say around 7:08am?
That’s when the sun will rise over the Atlantic, kicking off 2011, and kicking out 2010. As my improbable tradition requires, I will be at Haulover Beach to welcome the new year, and to make certain the old one doesn’t try to stick around.
Why not come out and join me? I know it is awfully damned early, particularly for a post-party morning, but I’m not a morning person, either. (Noon is still morning as far as I’m concerned.) In all the times I’ve performed this “sunrise service,” though, it’s never failed to make me feel better about the year to come.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, Haulover Beach is in northeast Miami-Dade County. The exact address is difficult to pin down, but it is across Collins Avenue from the Haulover Marina, in the Bal Harbor/Sunny Isles area. This link to Google Maps pinpoints the lifeguard station closest to where I usually go.
If you are considering joining me but need directional guidance, drop me a note via one of the abundant contact methods available. I am navigationally challenged, but I’ll do my best.
It tends to be very quiet, especially for a public beach. (“Duh,” you say, “it’s New Year’s Day!”) The wind coming off the ocean will make it pretty chilly, too, so keep that in mind.
Speaking of chilly, yes, Haulover’s a nude beach. That’s the north end of the beach, though, and we’ll be at the south end. But hey, if you want to start the year without any symbolic baggage, don’t let the weather stop you. Or the people with cameras suddenly facing away from the sunrise, either.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, but whether you brave the breezy beach or stay Snuggie-wrapped at home, I wish you the best of all new years.
* Regrettably, I was sick for New Year’s Day 2004, and didn’t make it out of bed.