Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Five: Beach Trip!

Mother Laura from Rev Gals is settling in to a "cozy cottage by the beach": a tiny rented condo on Pacific Coast Highway with her family. So she asks us, in honor of summer, to share our beachy memories, plans, and dreams with a "Beach Trip" Friday Five.

1. Ocean rocks, lake limps? Vice versa? Or "it's all beautiful in its own way"?

Well, anyone who's read this blog more than twice probably knows that I was once a girl from Southern California. The ocean is not the mountains. The mountains are what I really miss about the west. However, the ocean does indeed ROCK!

2. Year round beach living: Heaven...or the Other Place?

Year round? Um...a bit of both. I love the smell of the sea and the sound of waves, but sand in the living room all the time? Nope. Not for me. I'll live in the mountains and take periodic trips to the seashore to my little summer condo, thank you.

3. Any beach plans for this summer?

Not for the summer. Hopefully we will be able to visit California again in the fall. And we, transplanted to the cold country as we are, will swim in October's Pacific surf and think it is lovely!

4. Best beach memory ever?

The beach is best at night. The people are gone, except for occasional walkers or neckers...ha! I love the sound of surf at night. Even though I lived near the coast for the first 20 some years of my life, I have a lovely memory from just last year. Not being around the ocean makes it more special when it does happen. I sat on the shore and listened to the swish of the incoming waves. A few wispy clouds hung in the sky, and behind them was a full, silvery moon. The reflection of that enormous, just-risen moon on the ocean was stunning. The sense of peace, which I badly needed at the time, was timeless. I could have sat like that for a very long time, but we had to get back to the condo for games with the family--which was also good.

5. Fantasy beach trip?

Doesn't matter where it is as long as the water is warm and clear and I am a lithe and limber swimmer who is about a size 10.

Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what the beach means to you.

I grew up in the sixties, so it's the Beach Boys. I would like something more profound, but there it is. Here you go--takes me right back to cruising down Malibu Canyon towards the beach.



Auntie Knickers said...

Loved the Beach Boys video and your memory of the beach at night -- very different feelings! But both so true....

Sally said...

great play, the beach at night takes on a different form... have a great summer

Jan said...

I'd forgotten how nice it is to walk on the beach at night--or twilight or sunrise. . . .I've lived in all three of the Pacific states (not counting Alaska), and I miss the mountains and trees so much in south TX. But at least there's the beach here.

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Hot Cup Lutheran said...

the water at night and the moon... what a soothing image!

Lori said...

You would probably love living in the Santa Cruz mountains. You could have a lovely mountain cabin that is 15 minutes from the beach!

Love the Beach Boys.

Diane M. Roth said...

great play, and you made me imagine the beach at night!

also, love the new header.

Truth said...

I have never lived by the beach, but after reading your post I really want to. (Surely that would be motivation enough to stay in better shape, right???)

I watched the video and laughed so hard. I've always enjoyed the Beach Boys music, but the clothes and the "coolness" with which they were I said, I was rolling on the floor. Thanks for sharing and stirring up such lovely beach thoughts.

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

Hee hee...I know. I love The B.B. harmonies, etc..but this particular video was indeed a hoot!

nightmare said...

Nice. I've only been to the ocean once. It was fun, but the shore of Lake Superior is probably my best 'large body of water' memory so far. (of course the ocean would have topped that if the company was switched from each location)