Salty shorelines called to her. She loved walking on the beach, gazing at the ocean on a cool morning, and collecting treasures found in the surf.
This was a respite for her usual day of adult children, grandchildren and household chores. Every year she would pack a small case with essential clothing, a couple of bathing suits, paper, notebook and writing utensils. She also carried a sketch pad because she was an artist. She was known for western or pastoral scenes painted from memories of her youth.
This needed break from her sometimes hectic family life was a boon to her creativity. She could return after a week of refreshment and resume the daily routines.