While swimming needs perfect beach weather, a walk on the beach with the dogs is a delight in most conditions. Today was one of those rare days where I thought the beach was off the table. A human can dress to protect against the wind but protecting a small fur friend from a sand blast at face level is far more difficult. So we bypassed the beach and took the bike path along the top of the dunes. Well, that was my plan. The dogs had other ideas. When the path took us close to the beach, the dogs were quite insistent that we were hitting the sand. The return journey on the deserted beach was along the hard sand of low tide. Apparently my concerns were unfounded.