10 Days of Heat: Beach life (Day 5)
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate the beach.
When I was a kid, I remember going to Maryland on the shore and visiting relatives. It was fun back then because the area where they had their beach house was lacking some modern amenities. This, of course, was in the early 1980s, so it’s not like people were walking around with cell phones and such.
But this was time where people’s beach houses didn’t have a lot of things, such as plumbing. Heck, the toilet in the house shot out flames. So you had to choose what you used it for – for all other things, out to the outhouse you went.
That was fine, though. My memories were on the beach and in the water and having a grand old time.
Reaching my teens and 20s was a different feeling about the beach. I’m not a super fan of excessive heat and sun, so it kind of defeats the idea of a beach. Many things contributed to me not wanting to visit the beach, including the sun and heat, self-conscious feelings with one’s body, and that I would have to travel several hours to get to a beach.
It’s interesting how life changes, though.
Once I hit my mid-30s, I realize how nice beach life was.
I still am not sure how I’d feel about going in the middle of the summer. I do a lot of other things during those months and I am still not a fan of excessive heat. However, I’ve found going during the fall is a wonderful thing. I’m lucky in that I have an aunt who has a house on the Jersey Shore. She allows family members to go and use the house and/or visit. It’s really nice because it’s in a beautiful shore town and only a few blocks from the beach.
Often, when I go, the town is not as active and it’s nice. I can get around without issue and I’ll find myself walking the beach for several hours, just watching and smelling the water and taking in all the sights.
The good thing is that it’s still only a few weeks after the season “ended,” so some of the bigger beach towns still have things going on. I’ve been hit or miss with the weather on these trips – sometimes it’s great, other times not so much. But that’s the beauty, too. It gives me different photo opportunities, which is a good thing.
It also makes me realize how nice it would be to live near a beach/boardwalk area. I think it would be harder for me to do it during “the season,” but the off-season would be so nice. I enjoy it a ton with the idea that it’s not as rushed or crowded. I can walk several miles of beach and only see a few people. And, a lot of times, the weather is still nice where I can take the shoes off and let the water run over my feet. I don’t know about you, but for me that is one of the most relaxing things one can do.
So beach life has meant different things to me during different times – but now it’s a wonderful thing. I definitely think it would be nice to own a home near a beach for the relaxing aspects alone.
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