As soon as I saw this prompt, I thought of “Lights”… the song by Journey. I triggers a lot of wonderful memories for me… most people think of San Francisco when it mentions “on the bay” and I do too… especially one spectacular birthday that I spent in San Francisco the year I turned 19. Sitting on the beach right by Hyde Street Pier, at dawn “when the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on the bay…. after trying to get to Altamont for the Rock Festival, but we got lost, so we spent the evening at Filmore listening to The Grateful Dead.
I’ve also seen many sunrises over Golden Gardens Park in Seattle… Although technically not a bay, Puget Sound is a body of water and that’s close enough. In my late teens and early 20’s, Golden Gardens was “kid central” where we all hung out… kids from multiple high schools around the north end of the city. We stayed up all night and the lyrics of a song by the Eagles comes to mind, “Heartache Tonight”… “This night is gonna last forever. Last all, last all summer long Some time before the sun comes up the radio is gonna play that song!” We cruised the parking lot, made out in the woods (called ‘watching the submarine races’, flirted with cute boys and we often had drag races in the parking lot.
And lastly, it reminds me of where I live now, facing Discovery Bay just off of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Because I am a night owl, I often watch the sun come up.