Arrive early and carry your camera!

I had a meeting out at Alki yesterday and as is customary for me I arrived early. In this case a few hours early just to beat traffic and enjoy a quiet beach, so I thought. As I was driving past the beach looking for a parking space I look over and see nearly 100 dugout longboats on the beach! It was amazing! I quickly found a spot to park and hustled over to capture some great images, meet some amazing people, and watch them launch out into the Puget Sound and paddle Southward. 

Always arrive early and carry your camera is all I kept thinking. I had driven out to the beach early thinking I was going to get some nice beach and sunrise scenes, perhaps see a few morning swimmers. I was pleasantly surprised and so glad I was prepared.