We told him that the sand grains become razor sharp and the ocean would not be embracing him today. Men can be very stubborn and he decided to go anyway. In bypass he mentioned that he is Russian and not scared of cold water or a little wind. Sceptically we dropped him off at the beach and promised to pick him up later.
The girls and I went to a coffee shop spend most of the day under cover. A wise choice.
Later in the afternoon we went back to pick him up. The weather was terrible and sand was blowing everywhere. The beach was desolated and not even the fishermen went close to it. I did not have a 4×4 vehicle so I stopped in a place which I thought was safe. I was getting worried because the sand almost covered the road and I didn´t want to be stuck in the sand.
We started to walk to the beach. This was a very weird experience because I have never seen such a long stretch of sand to the ocean. The sea pulled back completely and I couldn´t see water. It was almost like the water was upset with the land and wanted to run away. I wanted to run away! We also couldn´t see Andrey. Maybe he ran away too! We called his name and were getting worried. Secluded beaches can be dangerous places and we were worried that maybe he got mugged.
The girls were scouting the area but quickly came running back. The sand were blowing against their bare legs and they were jumping up and down. They were not jumping with joy.
Eventually Andrey came out from underneath bushes nearby. Cautiously we asked how his day was. He told us that the weather worsened as the day progressed and a sand storm made him run for cover. He had to hide underneath the trees because the sand really hurt. He didn´t take any photos and didn´t swim.
The girls and I looked at each other and smiled…we made our point!
Date visited: 17 December 2007
Where: St. Lucia, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa