Monday, October 7, 2019

SUMMER'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT A TRIP TO THE SHORE

By Mary Kennedy                                             

I don't know about you, but during my childhood a trip to the shore was always one of the highlights of my summers.  Notice I said, "to the shore." I have to admit I never heard that expression until I moved to Delaware. Growing up in New York, we always talked about going to "the ocean," "the beach" or "Rockaway." (Sometimes Jones Beach but the traffic was usually more of a hassle going there.)

The beach pictured above is in Ft. Lauderdale, a winter getaway. Florida was for winter getaways (and sometimes spring and fall) and Rockaway was reserved for the summer.
                                                                                   

Here's a vintage postcard of Rockaway, I love to collect retro postcards of places I've been.



There's something so calming about the ocean. When we lived in North Carolina, the ocean was just a 45 minute drive away. Perfect for last minute Friday night picnics on the beach or Saturday morning dips in the ocean. We went to Emerald Isle which is amazingly built up now and not at all like I remembered. Still appealing, though.
                                                                          

Miles and miles of sandy beaches...
                                                                             

beautiful in all sorts of weather...and a lot of sea grass (which is protected and helps to hold the dunes in place.)

                                                                           

Here's an older photo of Emerald Isle, still a favorite. A nice sandy path leading down to the sea. 


And here's the boardwalk, perfect for strolling and fishing...if you're so inclined.


Maui has fabulous beaches too, another fave winter getaway. Bring lots of snacks and load up your Kindle for the 9 hour flight from the east coast, though.




And Bermuda beaches are lovely. I particular like the St. George's part of the island and we used to swim at a deserted Club Med Beach. 
                                                                                 

Here are a couple of photos I took from the deck of the villa we rented. The path goes right down to the harbor and I used to buy fresh fish for dinner from the fishing boats as they came into port.
                                                                               

                                                                                    

How about you? Do you have a favorite beach getaway? Winter is coming and a beach getaway would be fun! 

Happy travels! Mary Kennedy

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