On Christmas 2016 Cindy, Norris (our Border Collie) and I went to our usual pre-dawn shooting location in Brevard County, FL. We park in a lot at the seashore that is part of Patrick Air Force Base. However, we walk down the beach to an area outside the AF’s property.
We get set up to make images and I have created my first one when we are approached by two Air Force Military Police in full tactical gear and M16 rifles. Informed that (a) dogs are not allowed and (b) the beach is “closed” prior to sunrise; we were escorted back to the parking lot.
These gentlemen were very business-like but a bit scary in their manner, being it was really dark and all. I understand they have a job to do and realize now it was the heightened threat level at the holidays that have them patrolling, but really it was Christmas Day, they would not even have a congenial conversation with me on the walk back. I don’t see us fitting the typical terrorist threat profile.
We quickly drove down the road to another beach lot and I captured the images below. We then went to Starbucks.
I have been going to this area at the AF base for years. There are no posted “closed” signs before sunrise, there are always a lot of persons out in the morning fishing, sitting, watching the sunrise. This is the first time we brought the dog on the beach where he is not supposed to be and what happens – we get escorted off at gun point. Great start to Christmas.