Friday, June 17, 2011

The most traiterous traitery post I could ever write as a traitor

I am a beach SNOB. For reals, 100% certified beach snob.

This is what happens when you grow up at Siesta Key as your local beach (ranked this year as the #1 beach in the US). Fine white sand with beautiful crystal clear warm water. Visited MANY southern and northern California beaches- not impressed with the cold water and tarry sand. Visited Greek, Italian, Spanish, and French beaches - too rocky and dirty sand. Visited Hawaiian beaches - these come close to the perfection of gulf coast beaches, but not quite good enough.

So imagine my surprise when I came home from our local LAKE beach trip this morning as a TRAITOR. I think I may like lake beaches better than ocean beaches... with children.

(Pics with Canon Powershot G12)

Seaforth


Pros:
* Fresh water means no salty hands, no salty hair, no salty water in mouth, no salt water stinging eyes, and no salty water all over electronics
* Man made beach means no mucky bottom
* No worries about stingrays, sharks, jellyfish, seaweed, open cuts getting salt water in them. You can just get in the water and enjoy it!
* No big waves or big drop offs to worry about kids drowning
* Still get to enjoy the awesome pine forest of this part of the country while at the beach! So... plenty of shade.


BEST PART? 20 minutes door to door to our nearest awesome lake beach. It's only lunchtime and I already spent 3 hours at the beach today. And for the first hour, we were the only ones there.

Seaforth

Basically the only thing keeping the Triangle from being the 100% completely perfect place for me was the distance to the ocean. Now that I've discovered the awesomeness of lake beaches, looks like I'll be 100% happy in our forever home. And for that, I don't mind being a traitory traitor.

17 comments:

Joanna said...

One word: JEALOUS!!!!!!

Libby said...

Love it! Sounds like SO much fun! Here, lake beaches mean mucky bottoms, snakes and Nascar-people. Eww.

Jodi said...

HA! the reason (almost # 1...) that the triangle IS perfect for us is the close proximity to the ocean! For this Canadian girl, living 3 hours from salt water bliss is like a dream. Different perspective!

Fun that you found a lake you love so close - pay heed to the warnings that seem to come out every single year about microbes though... :( don't want those boys or you getting sick.

Brooke* said...

we spent my summers growing up on lake michigan and i completely totally 100% agree. lake beaches rule! wait until they can water ski!

Michele said...

I've always wanted to take the girls out there but worried the bottom would be icky. Was the water warm?

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Janna said...

I heart lakes!

Awesome pic of your little fishies!

Mel said...

That does look like the next best thing to Gulf Shores heehee! Calm and peaceful.

Stacey said...

It always annoyed me when my friend from the East Coast refused to even acknowledge lake beaches as beaches.

We tried to visit a local beach last year and it was really gross and dirty. It made me wonder how I spent the whole summer in a lake as a child. Maybe my childhood beaches were more like your local beach. I hope so...

ememby said...

I am a 100% lake beach girl - growing up in the Great Lake State will do that :) But they really are pretty wonderful! Glad you've crossed over!

JenFen said...

Looks great. Lots of your pros are why were prefer to the river to the beach. Yes there is a slight current but no waves or salt water to deal with and we always find sandbars or little beaches to play on.

Maria said...

Dude! I had the EXACT same traitor discovery a few summers ago! I couldn't imagine loving a lake like I love the ocean, but after the first visit I was hooked. Congrats on a new spot!

Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

I grew up in the Great Lake State as well, so I'm definitely a lake beach girl. I love to look at the ocean, but I'm not going to be a big fan of taking my boys to swim in it in the hypothetical-so-far-but-will-happen-someday trip to Hawaii we'll take with them. If I ever fall in love with an ocean beach, though, I will feel like a traitory traitor, too! Enjoy your new summer spot!

Goddess in Progress said...

It's funny that I grew up closer to a beach (in the Midwest) than I am now (in New England). I used to bike the two miles to Lake Michigan every day in the summer. Now that I'm so close to the ocean, it's more of an ordeal.

Though I always preferred the fresh water. The salt, no thank you!

Tanika Davis said...

Looks like soooo much fun! And you're right -- so much easier to do a lake with kids. So happy for you guys! P.S. That goggle picture is hilarity! Love it!

Sam said...

Awesome!!! This sounds like us on cape cod. We stay bay side. Still salty but no waves! Your votes for lakes may have me seeking out Cape Cods 'ponds' this summer. SO glad for you guys! Perfection!

Lesley Barr Photography said...

Ummmmm, Can we have a slumber party at your house? The kind where I never leave. =)