There are times when I miss Hawaii. Like now, when it's overcast and drizzly again. Oh, it's not too bad here, really. It's supposed to be 73 today, and that's much better than a few other places I can think of. Not complaining about the temp. Not even really complaining about the drizzle. It's good writing weather.
But, dang, sometimes I want to see the ocean again. I want to sit on the beach with a book and dig my toes in the sand. I want to feel that hot Hawaiian sun beating down on my sunscreened skin. Did I really used to live there? Were those pictures just routine everyday things in Hawaii? Unfortunately, yes, they were. Not unfortunately when I was there, but unfortunately now when I'm not. *sigh*
So now I have to settle for looking at my pictures and remembering the sunshine, trade winds, and warmth. It was great while it lasted, though I'm not unhappy with my move to Alabama. No, Alabama has its pluses. One of which is a much lower cost of living. It's nice not to have to contemplate paying half your monthly income for a house.
Still, if I could just afford a condo there, and the time to go stay in it for a month or so at a time, that'd be awesome. 🙂 Beach breaks are necessary from time to time.
When I lived in Hawaii, I loved seeing the beach and the ocean, but I didn't love hanging out there so much. Seems nutty, huh? But sand is annoying, and the sun is hot, and after a while you just want a cool drink and some AC. A couple of hours at the beach and I was done. Many of my Hawaii friends don't go to the beach much at all. If you aren't a water sport person, it gets old. If you like to surf or sail or windsurf or dive, it makes more sense to head for the water. Otherwise, it's just fun to enjoy it from the vantage of a beachside bar or restaurant. 🙂
So what about you? Any favorite beach spots? Or do you prefer something else? Enjoy the virtual beach break!
I love to sit in the shade of a balcony and look out at the beach. Or listen to it actually, as I read.
Sand is overrated.
But, I miss Hawaii too! I can’t believe I took going there for granted! I don’t think my friends’ parents will let me crash on their couches anymore…
I love to look at the beach, occasionally walk in the sand on the edge of the water. But I don’t like swimming there. Or being out in the sun. I’m naturally fair-skinned and burn just thinking about stepping outside.
I grew up in Pensacola, FL. My mother took us to the beach all the time because she tans and isn’t afraid of what’s lurking in the water. I hated it.
My favorite time to be at the beach? January. 🙂 Doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it isn’t crowded or hot during that time. You can walk along, look for shells, and just enjoy the breeze.
I love the beach, love the sand and waves. We’re scuba divers so we really miss the diving. For me none of it ever got old. And I miss Hawaii, specifically Maui, more than I thought it was possible to miss a place. I’d go back in a heartbeat and would be content to never leave again.
PC, I miss the sound of the ocean the most, I think. Loved that steady crash of waves on shore. It was soothing. We almost — almost — rented a house in Sunset Beach when we moved there. You could fall out of bed and onto the beach. But it was small, far from hubby’s work, and had no air conditioning. Sadly, we passed. I almost wish we’d taken it now.
You grew up in Florida, Angel!? I had no idea. Thought you were an Alabama girl. 🙂 Yeah, I’m not much of an ocean-swimming person either. I don’t swim very well (some would say not at all) and I’m always wondering what’s swimming around with me. 🙁 A pool I can do, though. 🙂
Hi, Susan! Yep, as a diver, you’re the perfect person to go to the beach frequently. I wanted to learn, but there was that whole swimming thing to do first. I’m not good, actually scared of getting my head under, and can’t even snorkel. 🙁 Pitiful.
If I’d been more comfortable as a swimmer, I think I may have enjoyed the ocean more. And I’d have loved to dive. The one “dive” I was able to go on was the Atlantis Submarine, and that was spectacular. To actually be able to do it yourself, well, I envy you.
I enjoyed Maui! Loved Lahaina. Hubby not so much. I think the altitude problems he had on Haleakala colored his view. 🙁
I enjoyed the photos! I live in So Cal, so do get beach breaks. And, you’re right, nothing beats the beach and a good book! (I popped over for a visit from shesawriter’s blog)
Hi, Barrie! I have friends in San Diego. I’d love to go visit them right about now. I’d love to visit them regardless, because they’re cool, but I’d also like to see the ocean. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I learned about sand in Florida. I soon realized that those public showers were the only thing keeping your from getting rashes.
I know exactly how you feel, Lynn, and you know I do! I’ve got several of our fav shots framed in the bedroom. *sob*
Hey, here’s a thought. Maybe we could find others like us and go co-op on a condo?