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Old 12-26-2014, 05:41 PM   #61
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I grew up 30 miles north of NYC. I could walk from my house to the Hudson River in 3 minutes. I used to take my dog there to swim. I did a report in grade school on the brick industry on the lower Hudson with real samples from the shore. There was a little bit of sandy beach but mostly rocks.
Close by were 7 natural lakes, some of which had sand brought in for the state parks. My first sandcastle was built at Sebago Lake.

Living in upstate NY gives me access to all sorts of lakes and natural/man made beaches. My favorite is Lake Ontario, which is more like an inland sea than a lake.

I go there frequently in the summer to a friend's waterfront camp. I volunteer to help with cleaning and maintenance plus bring food and drink.
I am invited there a lot !
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:28 PM   #63
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Born at Norfolk Naval Hospital, lived my early life at and on VA Beach. Currently spend the summers right outside of Ocean City MD on Assawoman Bay, and winters in Bonita Springs 2 miles off the Gulf of Mexico. So I'd say yes.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:54 AM   #64
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I have been confounded by the number of retirees who choose Arizona or Palm Springs, because Beach was always associated with my greatest memories. And many of these are former coastal people.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #65
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:45 AM   #66
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I spent Christmas on a beautiful beach in Mexico. It was wonderful. There is something very therapeutic about long morning walks on a fine sand beach, waves breaking around you, sun glistening on the water. Nothing else can match it IMHO.
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Just got back from a month stay on "our" Mexico beach... I say "our" because, more often than not, we had miles of sandy shores all to ourselves.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #68
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Love the beach, or coast, or shore, or ocean. Fond memories of driving my car on Daytona Beach and Galveston beach with a cooler of brews.
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Since folks are posting pictures of recent beach - this is this morning - about 10 minutes from my house.
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:16 PM   #70
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Since folks are posting pictures of recent beach - this is this morning - about 10 minutes from my house.
Those are some conservative looking swim suits.
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:23 PM   #72
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DW and I went on a great 10k hike on our little Gulf Island today. The beaches here couldn't be more different than the ones in the Baja. Here's a cute one we found today. I love the beaches in both places for different reasons.
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Those are some conservative looking swim suits.
LOL. I was surprised how many people were in the water. Air temp was right about 50 degrees. Water was probably nippy. I saw a few scuba folks with dry suits... I guess wet suits weren't warm enough.

I was also surprised there were people walking in shorts and barefeet.... I had on a wool sweater and hoody over that. But it was gorgeous, despite the cold.
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We've got great beaches in NM. Water? Not so much.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:16 PM   #75
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I spent Christmas on a beautiful beach in Mexico. It was wonderful. There is something very therapeutic about long morning walks on a fine sand beach, waves breaking around you, sun glistening on the water. Nothing else can match it IMHO.
Sounds great, Meadbh--and I totally agree with you about nothing matching it.

Would you mind sharing where you were in Mexico?
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Sounds great, Meadbh--and I totally agree with you about nothing matching it.

Would you mind sharing where you were in Mexico?
I was at the Grand Mayan resort at Nuevo Vallarta.
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We live a mile from one of the best beaches, in NE Florida, Hell Yeah!

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Love to scuba dive...Wish we could spend more time at the beach.
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I was at the Grand Mayan resort at Nuevo Vallarta.
The Grand Mayan is truly grand - it has become its own city and will even take over the first overpass off the highway.

Why didn't you call?
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My NYC based grandfather passed away a few years ago, and my parents and aunt/uncle all live up in Boston so his summer beach house in Westhampton has been sold off (not a crazy mansion, he bought the place in the 50s, back before Dune Road was a sea of expensive and gigantic houses), so while the Beach was a huge part of my childhood, that particular experience is now gone for me. I loved holidays out there as an adult too, but with everybody at least 3 hours away from that location it just didn't make sense to keep it in the family. I've lived on the west coast for 15 years now, and barely ever make it to the beach. Hopefully that will change with my girlfriend and I moving to San Francisco, 15 minutes walk from Ocean Beach. Probably won't be the same body surfing experience (as far as I can tell, all beaches in the bay area have signage warning you that you will instantly drown if you go in, unless the great whites get you first), but I'm looking forward to morning jogs along the waterline.

Long term, I'd love to end up retiring somewhere walking distance of a beautiful beach. With expected water level rises I think I'll have to pass on beachfront property like my grandfather's sadly.
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