We didn’t stay more than a half hour.
But it will go down in our memories like it was hours and hours.
I couldn’t figure out the pay-by-phone system on the parking meters in the tiny lot at the 1st street access to Cocoa Beach.
So my son and I wandered down to the water’s edge to catch the sunrise with the specter of a parking ticket hanging over my head.
We arrived exactly seven minutes before it was scheduled to appear, according to the weather app on my phone.
The sun was set to rise from the cold Northern Atlantic Ocean horizon at 7:12 a.m. on Christmas Day 2014.
And I damn-well wanted to be there to witness it.