July 21, 2011

Beaches of a Different Kind

As I keep harping to anyone who will listen, I’m a born and raised Hawaii girl. Who no longer lives in Hawaii. I do get views of beaches fairly often, but they are beaches of a different sort . . . grey beaches with skies and waves to match. Coats, not bathing suits, are often the more suitable beach attire. I wasn’t sad the first time I saw a mainland beach, I was actually pretty impressed by the churning waves, the wind, the driftwood, the moody atmosphere.

These are beaches that will make you feel fierce and defiant and exhilarated by the windy, windy wind. Yes, wind can be windy!

And then that same wind gets sand in your eyes and makes your ears hurt from the cold and the rushing air . . . and it makes you think, what kind of beach IS this? I don’t really want the inside of my ears exfoliated! This is Angry Beach! Not comforting play-in-the sand beach and bask-in-the warmness beach.

(Of course, beaches in Hawaii are not without their perils as well. I’ve been tumbled like I was in the spin cycle of a washing machine more times than I can count. It pretty much put me off swimming at Hawaiian beaches.)

I was able to travel to Cornwall once and I thought the beaches there were stunningly gorgeous. The water was bluer than blue. Picture perfect. I thought it would be so great to swim in that water in Cornwall until I touched it. ICE.

After a foreign exchange student trip to France when I was in high school, I realized I had found my perfect beach. The shores of the Mediterranean! Flat, flat warm sea with NO waves, with water that only comes up to your shin for about a half mile out to sea. I looooooooved it!

Thus ends my world tour of beaches. While I’m impressed with these crazy clouds, these dark skies are making me feel less than chipper. Vitamin D anyone? I have a prescription! As does everyone else I know! (Public service announcement: Do you know your Vit D levels?)

I’ve got a couple more beachy book reads for your kiddos today:

The title of ‘Stella, Star of the Sea’ is somewhat misleading because the story focuses equally on her little brother Sam. Stella tries mightily to get Sam to join her in the water.

“Is the water cold?” asked Sam. “Is it deep? Are there any sea monsters?”

Sam has a great many questions. Stella thinks she has all the answers.

“Where do starfish come from?” asked Sam. “From the sky,” answered Stella. “Starfish are shooting stars that fell in love with the sea.”

I think this book is absolutely delightful and we’re going to be on the watch for other books in the series!

I don’t know about your kiddos, but Julia loves her some non-fiction, she’s waaaay into books that give her some facts. ‘Seashore’ is a great place to get started for the small Cousteau in your life.

Easy to digest information with beautiful photography and illustrations – this is a GREAT primer on all things seashore related.

Do you have any favorite beaches? Do share!


  1. I've never been to Hawaii, but I've been to plenty of beaches up and down the west coast. I've always loved the cold northern beaches best. Of course, I'm a fair-skinned redhead, so I'd prefer overcast to sunny weather any day!

  2. Oh I hear you! Any semblance of sun tolerance left me years ago, and while I enjoy sunny weather, I have to be protected from it at all times! Le Bummer. ~Melissa