Several years ago my husband and I spent a vacation in Rhode Island on the shore in a beautiful condo. The rental ad described it as a beautiful water front condo with private beach. They got the beautiful part right, but it should have read, in the water as this two story building was built on piles with water flowing beneath it at high tide. Although Being very apprehensive the manager assured us that the sound of the water was very soothing and that the water line was several feet away where the waves break. The first three days were wonderful eating breakfast on the deck watching the surfers from a near by college, enjoying the beach and relaxing with that ebb and flow of the water while reading or watching television. Honestly, I don't think that I ever finished a chapter in my book or saw the end of a television program before dozing off.
Unfortunately, on the fourth day we awoke to a grey rainy day, and decided to do some shopping and go to an early dinner .Leaving the restaurant we noticed that is was raining much harder and that the wind had picked up. when we arrived at the condo we had a difficult time maneuvering to the door of the condo because of all the airborne sand which now was covering the deck. Thinking that we will just spend a quiet evening relaxing, those thoughts quickly vanished when we saw flashing on the television a warning of a ferocious storm with abnormal high tide and winds headed our way.
To make a long story short, it was a very scary night listening to the smashing waves and the roaring water rushing under the condo and, the howling wind rattling of the windows with a little thunder and lighting thrown in. I did a lot of praying that night and the next day when were able to get out, we headed straight to the bar on the beach. Although, I really don"t indulge, I ordered their special and (here goes) the fried asparagus. It was the first time I had eaten asparagus prepared that way and it was delicious. The asparagus was served with sour cream and sweet pepper relish. It now is my special spring treat!