Life’s a Beach

Feb 20, 2009 by Lisa Newton

This post is a summer teaser; especially for those that live in winter climates. Hopefully you’ll think of me, not cruelly, but in the spirit of Travelin’ Local–of and about Southern California–as an invitation to visit.

Soon spring will arrive, which means summer is right around the corner; which quickly reminds us of our favorite beach pastimes that we like to pursue.

The most natural and obvious responses are water related activities:

  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing

It’s still kind of cold here—both air and water temperatures–so today there weren’t a lot of people swimming in the ocean.

Since its time to start thinkin’ about summer vacations, the beach, sun, sand, and fun, I wanted to post some perennial ideas of those things we all love about the beach.

Surfing is always a great option, if you travel to a beach where the waves are breaking. I’ve never surfed, but I do like watching surfers. They have so much patience, hovering in the waves waiting for the next set of waves which come like clockwork or even for the “big one.”

These kids are having the time of their lives by also hangin’ on the sand and using their surfboard as a prop. One of the kids has one “bootie” on and one off. They are used to keep your feet warm when surfing in cold water, along with a full wet suit.

The beach portends and offers the ability to relax, relax, and relax some more. 

Catch some rays, read a book, people watch, have a picnic, the possibilities are endless. And you get to enjoy the beauty, sights, sounds, smell, and feeling of the ocean at the same time. It adds an element that’s special and sometimes inexplicably joyous.

Just plop down in a beach chair and let your body absorb the ocean’s push and pull: from checkin’ out other beach goers to feeling the chest thrusting, churning beating of the waves. I don’t think life gets any better than hangin’ at the beach.

Safety first, so don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen.

If you haven’t tried it, jogging or walking in the sand can be a very strenuous activity. The sand acts as a cushion for your feet, but as your feet sink in, you have to work harder to keep your speed up. It isn’t easy, and it will use up more calories than walking on grass or the sidewalk. However, the feel of the sand on bare feet is pure and who can argue with the splendorous view.

Look closely at this picture, at the top of the mountains in the right center, you’ll see distant shot of the close up I took while Goin’ Down the mountain.

Another great benefit of spending time at the beach is that it’s perfect for the entire family. Families can bike together, walk, and for the young, build sand castles.

Of course, walking along the beach is as old as the human experience.

Life’s a Beach, so get your winter bike out of mothballs, or if you’re fortunate, fold up your bike and just put it in the back seat.

I’ll be featuring additional ideas for activities you might enjoy at the beach, so keeping thinkin’ fun in the sun, because even though I enjoyed a great morning at the beach on Valentine’s Day, today it’s raining cats and dogs.

You never know what kind of weather Mother Nature’s going to throw Travelin’ Local, but no matter what, seize the day—Carpe le diem!

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10 Responses to “Life’s a Beach”

  1. Nicole says:

    OK, you were succesfull.
    I’m envious :)

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  2. Tess The Bold Life says:

    Hi Nicole,
    I love CA, the beach, the farmer’s market, just plain everything! The best is it’s only one hour by plane from Phoenix.

    Tess The Bold Life’s last blog post..8 Ways to Magic Mondays

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  3. Jannie Funster says:

    Ahh, Southern California, going there in my mind.

    Dana point, Laguna, heaven!!

    Austin’s not too cold tho but I do miss an ocean beach.

    Jannie Funster’s last blog post..Bristles on a stick

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  4. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Yeah, you just go ahead and rub it in that I’m buried in snow. :) I LOVE the beach! Can’t wait to get to play on one again!

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Further proof that Wisconsinites are crazy ;)

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  5. Henie says:

    Hahaha Lisa! You sure know how to rub it in to those folks still deep in snow! :~)

    Yes, I am already gearing up! It’s funny, my post today is about my son and I having a sprint race at the beach:~)

    I love how I feel when I’m here…you absolutely invigorate my soul with the local ites…thank you! :~)

    Henie’s last blog post..Sempiternal Glow

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  6. Henie says:

    ok…that will be “sites” please:~)

    Henie’s last blog post..Sempiternal Glow

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  7. LisaNewton says:

    @Nicole Thanks…………………:)

    @Jannie I’m glad I was able to bring a little of the beach to Austin.

    @Lisa I’ve lived in the snow belt before, so I know how long winter can be. Spring is just around the corner……………….:)

    @Hennie You’re welcome, and next time, maybe I’ll add a sprint race.

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  8. Diane C. says:

    Your wonderful beach pictures bring back memories of a place I visited often as a child. Your post reminded me of what great exercise walking on sand is, and that it’s one of life’s simple pleasures.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Blackett’s Ridge Trail: Part 1

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  9. LisaNewton says:

    @Diane C. Pictures have a way of bringing back memories, and I love walking in the sand. Simple pleasures bring life home.

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