Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beach or Lake?

Growing up on the East Coast, I had my fair share of summer days on the Delaware and Cape Cod beaches and at the New Jersey Shore. Despite the dark seaweed-filled water and the sand flies that were vicious in the summer, I loved the hot weather, the soft sand beneath my toes and the bathtub-like water.
When I moved to San Francisco, everything changed as I became a lake girl. Summer days spent on the rocky shores of Lake Tahoe were fantastic. The beautiful, natural scenery was welcome change from some of the lively people watching at the beach. Hours spent in the water were quickly replaced by short dips in the frigid lake to cool off. The water was crystal clear, so I could see what I was stepping on which was a plus, but the rocks made it hard to get in and out of the water.

As we head into summer, which do you prefer the beach, the lake or staying on dry land?


  1. I loved the beaches of Southern California where I grew up, but in Southern Oregon they are a little far away and very much colder for swimming. So we hang out at the rivers or swimming hole by the creek. Sometimes the lakes.

  2. Great call! Rivers are awesome. They're fresh water and usually pretty warm. I totally forgot about those!

  3. Can I love them both? Because I definitely do for very different reasons! Thanksfully, I live in a geographic location that truly gives me the best of both worlds.

    Ah... so ready for Memorial Day! Headed to a lake in Virginia, but follow it up 2 weeks later with the Jersey Shore.



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