Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ocean, waves, and sand, oh my!


"When I walk down the beach and smell the salt water, hear the waves crashing against the shoreline, and feel the granular sand under my feet, I can't help but realize why I'm here on this earth." ~ Wendy Joubert
 
Tomorrow I'm heading to the beaches of Cape San Blas, on Florida's Gulf coast for seven days. There’s something so amazing about the beach. From the pristine waters, to the sound of the waves, to the feeling of the sand under your feet, it’s simply one of the nature’s most spectacular gifts. The sunsets are absolutely amazing…the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen.

But you know what really stands out? Even more so than the sunset? The moonlight. It’s amazing. In fact, my most enjoyable experience while at the beach is to sit by the ocean at night as the moon illuminates the ocean’s surface. I cannot even begin to describe it…words simply do not do it justice.

Beach stargazing is also amazing. The millions and billions of stars light up the sky in such a way that you simply cannot help but be completely transfixed. It's a great time for introspection and pondering life...I cherish moments like that.

In those moments the sounds of the ocean drown out the rest of the world. Sounds that speak to the soul. It's so easy to get lost in the beauty of it all. It's as if time does not move hour to hour anymore...it stands still. The most accurate way to describe it is that time moves from moment to moment instead. Moments that remain imprinted in our mind until the end of time. In a couple of days I'll be able to be lost in those sounds again.

Do you get to visit the beach very often? What do you love the most about the beach and ocean?

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  1. We live a couple hours from the beach and visit at least once a year. I enjoy it most at night. As you said, moonlight on the water is cool. Think it's the sound of the waves though, and that at night you can't really see them, only hear the rhythm. That is the moment for me.

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  2. There is nothing like going to sleep to the sound of the lapping of ocean waves. (Hawaii) This is the best kind of lullaby. I also agree with you about the ocean by moonlight. I have sat and watched the sparkles of light in the ocean, listened to the waves, while listening to Hawaiian music. No greater joy! Do enjoy your time at the beach.

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  3. I go to the coast once a year for a week but unfortunately I don't get to stargaze at the beach much. It remains something I definitely want to do.

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  4. Enjoy your vacay!!! Funny, I live in a beach town and haven't gone to the actual beach in about 5 years. I prefer the mountains for my happy place.

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  5. Sorry to be such a misery, but we went to the beach and bought fish and chips and sat to watch the sun go down. The glare was horrendous, the flies and seagulls were bothersome and the meal quite ordinary.

    I am sure such scenes can work at times, just not for us that time.

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  6. Oh enjoy those seven days I know I would love that the sun the sand the beauty and the peace. Have fun. I love the beach but living in the middle of Canada proves to be a little obstacle in getting to the ocean side:) ENJOY ENJOY B

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  7. I'm not a beach goer, I'm afraid. Well, not in the summer, anyhow. I prefer visiting the sea-side in the autumn, cooler and earlier sunsets. I have to admit, I'm more of a winter chick!

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  8. Moonlight and stars. I love them both. Enjoy your vacation and squeeze every last drop of fulfillment from it.

    Most of the population are like you, loving and romanticizing beaches. Then there are some people like me who find the surf loud, angry and irritating. I had to live on the edge of the ocean for 25 years and tried to leave as often as I could. I find a small lake to be much more soothing and peaceful but like Just Keeping it Real, I find my soul in the mountains, where I happily live now.

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  9. It's five minutes to the Gulf beaches from my house in Venice, Florida and I get there whenever I can. Enchanting after sunset when most people go home and leave me there in the gathering dampness. I also like to go to the beach with my headlamp before sunrise so I can appreciate the awakening...a cup of hot coffee in hand, it's a great way to greet the day :)

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  10. We don't live far from the beach, but I wish we went more often than we do. YOu're right- moonlight on a beach is like nothing else!

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  11. I dont get to the beach as much I would like! the moonlight is so romantic. I hope you have a great trip!

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  12. oh you make me long to go to the beach! I don't get to go very often, but I love tropical beaches, the water, the sand, you said it!

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  13. Have fun, Keith and visit Oregon's beaches some day. There are no private beaches in Oregon, all are free access and open to all, it's the Law here. Yes, all you say and more!

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  14. I've only been to the ocean twice in my life. I love how you've described it here. There's just something so romantic about the beach.

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  15. I live in AZ (aka... Hell on Earth...really it's that hot!!!) so even though I am a 6 hour drive from the beaches of California and I am a native NY-er that got to see the ocean whenever -- I don't get many chances to go :) Basically costs and vacay time away from work etc etc etc ... I would love to not have ANY excuses to go ... but the older I get the more priorities I seem to have! LOL!! It's no fun being a grown up ... I want to take it back now :)

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  16. I live about 20 minutes from the NorCal coast and find I need my ocean fix on a regular basis. There is something very grounding about the rhythm and power of the ocean. I can sit on the sand and watch the waves for long periods of time- meditative for sure. Even foggy days (of which there are many) are lovely at the beach.

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  17. You have made me want to go to the beach! Enjoy your time away, you lucky guy!

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  18. we are in ft myers right now!
    weather has been sporadic, but pleasant
    nice enough to spend ample time in sun (and moon) and relax at other activities inside, dinner theater was a blast!

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  19. hi

    firstly, this pic looks really awesome and I wonder if I were to make a painting of it, how many shades and how much colour mixing would be needed!! the sun looks like a brightly lit lamp..lucky you!!!.I once toured the wonderful beaches of Goa (India), they were amazing but only during the day as the ocean looked really scary after sunset.

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  20. Oh what a lovely post. This is poetry. How wonderful to appreciate the beach and the ocean so much. Have an amazing time!

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  21. I've never been to the ocean...always wanted to live where I could see water....
    Enjoy your vacation and take a night picture for us landlubbers to enjoy lol.

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  22. I love surfing. I get right into the waves and use their power to propel me forward. It is such a rush! I also look at the vast power of the ocean, so much life, so much WATER!!!

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  23. Got a good one close by, never been there in the moonlight though. Enjoy your trip!

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  24. Waves , the water touching my feet I love that, very nice post :)

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  25. What a beautiful post ! Love it !

    The pic is awesome; please tell us more about that amazing pic. May be you can post it to Google plus !

    Years ago, I happened to meet a philosopher. He asked me when I enjoyed moonlight last. May be in childhood ! Leading a 'busy' life we forget to enjoy simple things in nature.

    You are lucky, enjoy and have fun.

    Btw, thank you so much for the comment on my blog about the post how to write comments in Google plus in bold and italics. Please feel free to share the post.

    Thanks
    Rajiv
    www.magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.com
    www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com

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  26. oh man, i used to live on the gulf coast of florida...we would go to fort desoto..i miss it...and you are right beach star gazing is awesome.....we live about 4-5 hours from the beach now...def dont get there often...love the sounds of the ocean...

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  27. My husband and I love to go to Pacific Grove (California). What we love is the serenity, and the constant soft roar of the waves, and salt smell of the breeze. Just writing about it makes me want to go again.

    Enjoy your trip.

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  28. Oh my gosh... I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. I live for these moments--and cherish them too. And you never know when a "stand still" moment will happen--I've tried to create them, but it doesn't work. Jealous of your trip--I hope you can find peace and experience several of these moments!

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  29. Hope you have a great holiday Keith - we don't holiday anywhere quite as exotic as you but wherever there is a beach and sea I am happy - I find the sea mesmerizing and love beach walking collecting shells and driftwood - I seem to be at my most content on the coast.

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  30. I live far from the beach. :( When I went to grad school, I was in Savannah, Georgia. It's 2 hours from Jacksonville, Florida and 30 minutes from Hilton Head, South Carolina. There is a beach close by, all kinds of historic buildings, cobble stone streets, has a river with shops and ships going through, good food, and pretty Spanish Moss hanging from trees! It's so pretty there!

    Have fun on your trip! Someday you'll have to try and make it to downtown Savannah. I think you'd like it.

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  31. have a fantastic time, the beach is a place for all kinds of things. Fun, healing, beauty, peace, enjoy every single minute!

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  32. I quite love visiting beaches and it is one of my inspirations in life... I have experienced almost everything u described here in a beautiful way. Sunset and moonlight nights are awesome, indeed. Hope you have a fabulous time visiting the beaches... Cheers :)

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  33. I love the beach, especially in the morning before it gets crowded. My husband and I walk along it more than we spend time sitting, and the morning hours are so quiet and peaceful, the air cooler and fresher. We need to go more often! :)

    Have a good trip!

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  34. We used to be able to go to the Jersey beaches at least once a month, not any more. We do go to the nearby lakes which is not the same as the Ocean.
    Oh, Hawaii beaches are the best so far. Our son lives there right across from the beach and we have been there twice.
    England has some beautiful beaches too ! It has been almost forty years since we left England, but the memories last and last.

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  35. I live literally five minutes from the beach...I don't go as often because of time and self consciousness.

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  36. I don't get to the beach very often but I love it. I just stare at the huge ocean and feel so comforted. Enjoy yourself!!

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  37. I used to visit quite often when I lived close to one, but up north we go once a year if we're lucky.

    I love everything about the beach, but mostly I love the snorkel diving.

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  38. I lived by the beach most of my life (until I came to waterless wastelands of Texas). Day or night, winter or summer, the beach was always my great refuge and sanctuary.
    Even during my most troubled times the ocean always offered peace and salvation.
    Have a fantastic time in Florida!

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  39. I used to go to the beach all the time, but not so much now. We are always on the water though. When I did go to the beach the very best thing was sleeping. There's no better sleep than hearing the ocean roar all night long.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  40. Love the beach. But I'd be happy anywhere near water - lakes, rivers, ponds, oceans it's all the same to me. A sunset walk along the sand with a cool breeze after a hot day is my idea of perfection.

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  41. I live on a very small lake and love it, but it is nice to get away to a sandy beach on the ocean at least once a year. Enjoy your time on the gulf coast, I hope the water has improved some.

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  42. That all sounds so lovely. Enjoy the moments and, happy Vacation to you! : )

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  43. Enjoy your trip...the beaches are nearby but I don't visit as I did before due to work...for me it has to be the sound of waves and the scent of salt water even though I have swam in the ocean under moon light...in the evening and early morning when no one has been around...happy vacation to you!

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  44. Keith.....your posting today inspired the poem I am going to share for dVerse today. I wrote it after I made my initial comment and began thinking about just how much I missed the ocean. I also gave you a 'shout out' in this poem!!

    http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-oceans-dance.html

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  45. I grew up living by the beach in California. I do miss it because I now live in Las Vegas and all we have here are cacti and dirt. lol

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  46. That sounds heavenly. Enjoy your beach time.

    I have a small beach at the river's edge but it's not the same as the ocean beach or a big lake beach but I love the sunsets and the sound of the water crashing on the shore.

    JB

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  47. Ahhh, sounds grand! A family of close friends have taken me with them to their grandma's cabin in Puerto Citos, Mexico for the week of Thanksgiving a couple of times. The roof is flat, so us "kids" always sleep up there for the duration of the week, and it is incredible to hear the ocean in the distance while looking up at the stars and feeling the warm/cool breeze sliding across your skin.

    I live about 3 hours from the beach now, so I don't get to go often (gas money, and travel is harder now), but I go when I can. The ocean is so restorative to me. Just smelling the salt air is enough to put a big, goofy grin on my face :)

    I love what you said about living from moment to moment. That truly is how it seems. It takes me back to how our ancestors navigated the day-- by the position of the sun in the sky and the length of shadows on the ground, rather than by the obsessive counting of minutes.

    I envy you, but I applaud you. And I don't need to tell you to enjoy yourself, as it's clear that you already know you will! :)

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  48. Moment to moment, absolutely gorgeous and eloquent. The rhythm of the waves is so calming and relaxing, it reminds me of the planet breathing.
    I hope you have a fabulous trip and that is much more than our words can capture. Dance in the moonlight.

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  49. When I lived in NYC I went to the beach in the winter - I loved the beach in the winter - cool, empty - sit on a rock and just get lost in my own head. Then for a few years I lived in the Caribbean - sit on my second floor balcony and watch the ocean by the hour - and so many rainbows...sand can be nice but rocks and balconies are where I do my ocean viewing...

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  50. I'm reminded of the song, 'Moonglow.' Have you heard it?

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  51. Ah I absolutely love the beach, have an amazing time!

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  52. Can I tell you first that I hate you! I wanna go to the beach so bad, and now you get to go! Not fair!
    I was raised in Southern California, so I'm a beach girl, and I just love, love, love the beach. I miss it so, so, so much!

    Ok, have fun,if you have too.

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  53. You long for beach, salty air, waves and seagulls, when you don't live close anymore...

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  54. I hope you have a wonderful and restful time!!! Will you be taking pictures to bring back for us? Did you take this picture, it is beautiful!

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  55. Hope you have a great time at the beach!!! I love the nature....the birds, sea animals, plants, etc.....and I tend to like the beach when it's cooler and less crowded.

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  56. I'm so ready to go to the beach again. Sometime soon - it's only a couple of hours away. Your beach is beautiful!

    Find a Tiki Hut and enjoy :)

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  57. Have a great time Keith enjoying all the things you describe
    in your post. I love the beach also,.. only live 20mins away, and I spend at least once a week there.

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  58. Love the beach. Looking for star fish, sea shells. and the salt water smell. Cool breezes. and yea, the moonlight is awesome. Have a great time! :)

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  59. I rarely see a beach, living in MN, despite the 10,000+ lakes. But I have been to FL many times, and I am always astounded by the ocean and the seemingly endless horizon...

    Pearl

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  60. Yay friend...the beach is better than the pool by far! Enjoy all those things you mentioned...I'm jealous. I love the beach but what I love the most of all is standing in front of the ocean or water so big that it's all you can see. That makes you realize how huge our world is and how small we are in it.

    have a great time!!

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  61. I am in BC for a vacation and just dipped my toes in the scenic beach ~ Yes, my favorite place to hang out during summer ~ Too bad, Ontario beaches are like 3 hours away, here they wait at one's doorsteps ~

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  62. It sounds wonderful, Keith! So glad that you get to escape to this beautiful place! I have been to the Florida coast, my Father in law lives there. It is wonderful. I don't get to the ocean as often as I used to when my children were young. But I remedied that by renting a beach cottage on the Washington coast for me and my two daughters in Sept. I absolutely cannot wait! I just love the sound and scent of the ocean and the beautiful views. xo

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  63. gorgeous photo- I love the beach- don't get there often- but when I do I always have a lovely time!
    Have a glorious vacation and it will be a full moon while you are there!

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  64. I am not a beach person. I don't like sand getting everywhere. I will go occasionally,but it is not my favorite! I grew up in the mountains and for me it is the sound of a mountain stream, the smell of the forest. And we get great sunsets.

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  65. We live about 15-20 minutes from the nearest beach. Love it...the sand, searching for crabs, the ambiance...I do wish we got more sun to go with it around here though. In the Pacific Northwest we just don't get as much of it as I would like. But I definitely agree with you, nighttime near the ocean is atmospherically awesome! The moon, the stars, the sound...just beautiful. Enjoy your time Keith! Looking forward to hearing about it when you return!

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  66. I absolutely adore the beach, even though I haven't been too many times in my life. I live in MO so I'm about 8 hours from the nearest beach. For my honeymoon we went to a tiny resort in Tulum, Mexico and it was unbelievably gorgeous. Next week I'm actually taking a short trip with some girlfriends and we are going to hit up Gulf Shores, AL for a day so I'll get to return to the beach soon! I can't wait, since my honeymoon 7 years ago was the last time I was at a beach! :)

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  67. I've never been to a beach...hopefully someday, till then I can surely enjoy its beauty through your words :)

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  68. I love the beach; it's my favourite place to be. Unfortunately, I don't get to visit very often. But I am surrounded by lakes and rivers where I live (next best thing), so I'm near the water, which is so important to me. I love the sounds, the sights, the smells....everything about being near the water.

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  69. Oh yes, I love the beach! I love the shorebirds, the sunrises and the sunsets. I love to watch the waves and hear them crashing on the shore.

    Gorgeous photo and a lovely beach scene! Have a happy weekend!

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  70. Enjoy your trip!

    I don't get to visit them very often but oceans for me have always been very healing! At the end of my first experience with depression, I spent some time in a warm country with turquoise ocean water and white sand beaches. It was swimming in that ocean that brought me back to life :)



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  71. I'm a ten minute drive from some of the loveliest, cleanest and unpopulated beaches on the east coast of Oz, and I agree with every single thing you said Keith!
    How wonderful for the soul it is!

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  72. The ocean always represented an unfulfullied longing to me. It is what stands between me and something I want to experience. I love the smell of the ocean, the way the salty air fills the lungs, especially on grey days. I never liked the beach on bright sunny days, I prefer the greys.

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  73. I live a ten minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean. Love going there. Don't do it often enough.

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  74. Have a safe trip and lots of fun. Will you sleep under the stars?
    Don't forget to send us some fresh ocean air from there.

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  75. You described what I love about the beach quite well. I too loved the sunsets on the Gulf side, the sun rises on the Atlantic side and if you are lucky enough to visit the keys, you get to enjoy both. Enjoy your escape.

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  76. Have a good time at your vacation:)

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  77. I haven't been to a beach since the 70s-and I did love it. I lived near the beach for a couple years too-I love the sand between my toes, loved looking for sand dollars and shells, and I did love the sunsets too.
    Enjoy your vacation-sounds awesome!

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  78. I love beaches. The ocean makes me feel small, in a gentle, comforting sort of way :). Enjoy your each vacation!

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  79. I am not a beach person at all. I am a total desert rat, and I was born in California. Once in a blue moon or so I do like to visit a little town in California called Cambria. There is something about the area that I like but then I find myself running home to my desert.

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  80. That magical place, the beach of dreams, where the sea and the sky, embrace.

    A reflective and positive trip, my friend.

    Gary :)

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  81. I go whenever I can because I absolutely love the ocean but I haven't been for a few years now. I should fix that soon.

    Have a great trip, Keith! Watch for mermaids while you sit on the beach at night! ;) Say hi to the ocean for me. And have a wonderful time! I can't wait to hear about your trip.

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  82. Boy would I like to be there for real! sandie

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  83. Ohhh, I haven't had a moonlit beach stroll in years. Probably since before I had kids. There really is something so magical about visiting the beach at night. It's such a different experience from daytime visits, that's for sure!

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  84. I love blue oceans and the sight of the water kissing the skies in the horizon ... beautiful place to be in.

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  85. The city I want to move to one day is right by the ocean. :(

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  86. I love the fact that the same beach is never the same beach - you can only walk on a beach once - because the next tide will take it away.

    I have more pictures of central Australia to come - and as I have just found out I fractured a bone in my ankle on the trip I may not be getting out too much over the next couple of weeks!

    cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  87. Have an amazing time at the beach... I live quite close to the beach but I would need a car to reach it... I am hoping to make it out there at least a couple of times this summer with some friends...

    You are right, there is so much beauty there... it is lovely in the night:)

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  88. Want to hear something interesting? The vast majority of beaches actually don't occur naturally -- but are man-made. Even in places like Barcelona, where the beach is a staple of the economic tourism industry. (Barcelona's beaches were made for the 1992 Olympic Games)

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  89. Awesome - I am only 24 hours behind you, only the beaches we're going to are on the west coast of O'ahu.

    And, I completely agree with you - moonlight shots are amazing... I'm a HUGE sunset person, but the one shot I have of a full moon shining over our (rented) beach cottage is one of my all-time favs.

    Have a *GREAT* vacation :)

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  90. Sadly, I don't get to visit the beach as often as I'd like, but when I do...wow!
    I know exactly what you mean...it is another world.
    My fondest dream is to live on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea - or better still, a disused lighthouse.
    Aah, such dreams...:)

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  91. Keith! Get up early and ponder at sunrise, too. Peaceful magic.
    Have a beautiful time!

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  92. I so get what you mean by moonlight stargazing at the beach. But many beaches are close to cities and you have to contend with "light" pollution. I remember stargazing in a state forest in Maine. Beautiful. Or stargazing on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Now THERE was a show!

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  93. I love the beach, and the peaceful bliss and amazing introspection that I experience there! :) ...so excited for you! I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful, inspirational time! :)
    Safe travels!
    Corine :D

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  94. I live far far away from beach.. been on one only once..
    and it was one of the nicest place I've ever been :)

    We do have a lake where I live.. I go there often :)

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  95. i like the beach at unconventional times - in the winter when she is abandoned and icy, late at night, early in the morning before the crowds.

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  96. Fantastic! Have a lovely time.:)

    Madison

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  97. Beaches are the best places to live around. It's been a thing for me to have a beach house some day.
    I love the sound of the waves against the sun. Moon light makes it romantic. :)
    your 7 day thing reminds me to give myself a 7 day beach trip indeed.

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  98. Share every moment of it when you get back...(sigh)

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  99. When we lived in Alabama we used to go to the beach once or twice every year. I loved the hot white sand, as fine as sugar, and the pungent fragrance all around. We would go to Cape San Blas sometimes, other times we visited Alabama's coast. "The Redneck Riviera." Now we're in Oregon and the coast has an entirely different feel to it, wildly rugged and beautiful.

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  100. Oh WOW - stunning photo. I've just got back from some beach time... I love the endless horizon of the sea.

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  101. I love beach Keith; have a lovely time!!

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  102. As an islander I´ve been living close to the sea most of my life but in particular, during my chilhood and teens.

    I was born in an isle where the feeling of sea was so close and so interwitned with the rest of the lfe that was always present. Going to the beach was an almost everyday activity but the best time used to be the vacations. I spent the summer by the beach, with nothing else to do except be there, I cherish those long, long days.

    As an adult I have looked for another kind of experiences, I have travelled to many places, stayed in wonderful hotels and visited remote sceneries... but from some time now I have started to long for those beach days.

    Maybe I need to be back to the basis.

    Enjoy your time there!. The sound of the ocean is the most calming sound ever

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  103. Have an absolutely fantastic vacation Keith :) Sounds like the beach will be a very relaxing time for you. We are so very fortunate where we live, the beach is a 10-15 minute walk up the road. On windy evenings I can hear the waves crashing into the shore.

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  104. You're absolutely right, about the moonlight nights on the beach. Once you started describing a night like that memories flooded my mind. It is SO peaceful and calming. To me it brings up the vastness that us humans will never understand about this world. It is so amazing to see the beautiful stars up in the sky and to top it off...a beach bonfire is always pleasant. Hope your trip is relaxing! I wish I were on a beach right now. :)

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  105. Nature offers us so much "free therapy." Nothing beats the ocean and a sandy beach. Enjoy!

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  106. Lovely photo. i love the ocean and the beach. Edinburgh is quite near the coast so i get there quite a lot, specially to birdwatch!

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  107. Hi Keith .. looks like you've loads of people to pack in too!

    I live about a mile from the sea and am down there four or five times a week ... sometimes higher up on the chalk cliffs ..

    Enjoy those days away and the lapping waves, the moonlight sparkle etc .. have fun - cheers Hilary

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  108. I was just at the beach yesterday! I'm on vacation, too. I was born by the Mediterranean, so the sea has always been magical to me. There are many beautiful beaches in NY and CT near me. And I also love the New England coastline and the Atlantic. Have been to CA and FL as well. Enjoy your time, Keith!

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  109. I live on an island. I'm in agreement with you: there's something stunning about breathing in a sunset along the shore.

    I've always lived near the ocean. It calms me down from the hectic pace of suburban living. Have a great time and have you thought of parasailing?

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  110. Keith, glad you are having a spectacular time. Love the pics you are posting on fb.

    Madison

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  111. I don't get to the beach often but when I do you won't be surprised to know that I love walking along the shore line. I can walk for miles and miles.
    Have a great time.

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  112. I am fortunate and only live about 4 miles from the beach. I have just begun this year though of going every Sunday morning. It re-centers me.

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  113. The most romantic dat I've ever been on was going to the beach at night, sitting in a lifeguard stand and watching the stars and the moons reflection... It was perfect. Except for the skunk off in the distance. :)

    From the photos on FB you guys look like your having a blast!

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  114. I am jealous. I am so due for a vacation...

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  115. I used to live just minutes from the beach in southern New Jersey. Like many locals, I didn't go there much - the crowds were crazy in the summer, and we just got busy during the other seasons. When I do get back there now, it is nice to stop and take a walk and gaze out on the horizon.

    Hope you are having a great time!

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  116. Have a wonderful time. This looks idyllic and I love your description of the ocean at night
    Helen xx

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  117. I love beaches, they speak to my soul...but sadly my man thinks they are a waste of time :( Hope you are enjoying yourself!

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  118. Great description of beach. I hope you are enjoying yourself and having a great time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  119. Wow! Beautiful post. My husband loves the beach. We have gone at least once a week, every week since we got married. We don't live by the ocean but we do have a great lake near by. It is beautiful and dangerous enough to demand respect. I am going to have to tell my husband about the moon light he will love that!

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  120. BEACH obsessed! it's my favorite place. well, plus lakes. :)

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  121. I hope you are enjoying your vacation, Keith. I adore the beach. It's my go to place and I'm blessed to live close to it. Sunrise is one of the best times for me, but, I hate to wake up that early. ha ha

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  122. I live in a coastal town and oddly enough have not visited its beach for years...
    and even odder - I love the beach and ocean...
    Anna :o]

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  123. i wish i went to the beach more often:-) hope you're having fun! x

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  124. Sounds like you are witnessing one of the most beautiful artwork of nature.

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  125. I am so happy for you, Keith...I hope your vacation is just magical...
    You describe the experience beautifully...simply poetic.
    I was born in a large port city, and the sea has never left me...

    Enjoy!

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  126. Hey Keith! Long time no talk. Though I've been very jealous of your travels and pictures and I'm happy you and your significant other get to go and have a lovely time out at the beach!

    The most mystifying thing I have every experienced at the beach was the dinoflagellates exhibiting bioluminescene. They are tiny little organisms that when agitated generally by movement of some sort, they light up. In the sand when you walk over a group of them, it lights up the sand beneath your feet. And its even prettier when you take a hand full of sand an throw it out into the ocean and it lights up the water.
    Here is a picture and you can search for more. :)

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt5xpsdhj51qi0tuso1_500.jpg
    Continue enjoying life Keith. Again I'm really happy and blessed to see you and your significant other. I'm sure that she is wonderful!

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