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An Early Morning Walk

"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." - Henry David Thoreau

We plan our labyrinth walks in the summer to be morning walks that coincide with very low tides and early sunrises. The paths begin to take shape usually between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, depending on the tides for each day. The labyrinth is open for walking two hours after we start creating the path, give or take 10 to 20 minutes since we do run on beach time.

Our final draw of the 2021 summer season was on Wednesday, August 25 at 9:00 AM. Path work and art started at 7:00 AM. Denny, James, Christine, and Bethe were on the sand and enjoying a gorgeous sunrise.

The theme to close out our summer season was Zen with a few hearts mixed in for our overarching theme of love. A thousand thanks to everyone who groomed with us this last draw series and all summer. And another thousand thanks to all of our parking greeters who stepped up to assist visitors in moving safely through the parking lot. And a special thanks to June for her tireless coordination of the greeters. We love you all.

As we look back on over the summer we remember all of the joyful visitors who walked with us. You are the primary reason we create these temporary labyrinths. Our team had countless interesting and meaningful conversations with visitors, new friends, old friends, and probably even a dog or two. If you visited Circles in the Sand this summer we are grateful. We will forever miss our Circles teammate Jacque Ferreira but we know she is with us in spirit.

While this was the last draw of the summer we are not done for the year. Our sponsors in Florence, Oregon have invited us back for our fourth annual sunset Circles in the Sand Walk on October 16, 2021. More information will follow soon.

Christine's words at the end of our last labyrinth express how we feel as we conclude our season, "In the end, only kindness matters."

With gratitude,

Team Circles

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