Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Off Season: Why Winter at the Beach Rocks!


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One of my favorite memories is being on the beach mid-winter with my young children, flying a kite in the brisk sea breeze. Dressed in fleece and hats, we probably steered the boys clear of the cold water but enjoyed the empty space on the sand and the chill of the salt air. My wife snapped a personal photograph of the three of us that always makes me warm inside when I see it. If you ever find a beach in range on a cold day, go see for yourself why many locals think winter is the best time of the year! As I wrote in my post on January 16, 2021...

Locals know what I’m talking about. That time of year when it’s a bit too damp, chilly, gray, and generally overcast to be pleasing to the fair-weather tourist. The time of year locals can’t wait for every summer. That time of year when those who truly love the seashore head to the ocean, even if you’re from further away. The ‘Off Season,’ when the beaches are empty, dogs can play in the sand, and parking is easy. I hope you get a chance to experience a mid-winter surf stroll with your love, your friend, or perhaps your dog someday soon. Peace and be well!

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