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Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Five: Beach Trip



(YouTube Video: Beach Boys, Surfin' USA)

The Grimes-Honkanen bunch is settling in after a challenging move, and bubbling with gratitude for our new "cozy cottage by the beach": a tiny rented condo on Pacific Coast Highway.

We're five minutes on foot from Sunset Beach for my daily choppy-but-gorgeous swim or prayer walk, often with dolphin sightings. Ten minutes south by car is downtown Huntington with its pier and window shopping, and the same distance north is Seal Beach, much calmer for family swimming.

Nicholas is equipped with shorty wetsuit and boogie board, and game to learn mastering the local waves from Mom--though I need to get a big softy and learn to surf before he does to maintain my cool cred. But Katie is still learning to swim confidently in the pool, and Midwestern-raised Matt prefers something more like his beloved Great Lakes. "No waves, no salt?" "Yes, darling, and no worrisome wildlife." "Except for the water moccasins, dude." You get the idea...it's all a matter of taste.

So in honor of summer, please share your own beachy memories, plans, and dreams with a "Beach Trip" Friday Five.

1. Ocean rocks, lake limps? Vice versa? Or "it's all beautiful in its own way"?

2. Year round beach living: Heaven...or the Other Place?

3. Any beach plans for this summer?

4. Best beach memory ever?

5. Fantasy beach trip?

Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what the beach means to you.

As always, let us know in comments if you play. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.

44 comments:

  1. I put on my sunscreen and played the game HERE

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  2. for me, beaches=heaven. What a great surprise to find F5 posted so early; thanks, Laura!

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  3. glad you are early. I'm going to have a busy day! but will look forward to reading.

    My beach memories and dreams are here

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  4. I guess I needed to get up early and dream a little before I started writing my sermon. So... I dreamed here.

    The condo picture... just to let you know... my best friend and her son are moving in next door to me!

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  5. Great post! I played at:

    http://ayearacceptable.blogspot.com/2008/06/friday-five_13.html

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  6. I played--and earlier than bedtime even!

    Beachiness

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  8. You knew I couldn't resist this one didn't you????

    So after a morning of meetings I have slipped away to play draeming of the beach!!!!

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  9. lol- got so excited I mis-spelt dreaming!!!

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  10. Checking in from our freshwater wonderland here .

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  11. I'm having fun and recreation at the beach.

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  12. WHOOPS! Wrong link earlier. Try again here.

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  13. Linking is always tricky for me, but I'll try. Living on the Gulf Coast makes this somewhat easy for me.

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  14. Thanks, Mother Laura, for a great Friday Five about one of my favorite places! Y'all surf on over here.

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  15. What a great 5...got me all in the mood for a vacation!

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  16. Fun, fun, fun! I jumped in the surf and played here, with the transistor radio blaring from the beach blanket.

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  17. Sorry for the messed up link earlier. The dog was pestering me and made me do it! The real link is still on the rockbound coast. I'm deleting the earlier, wrong one.

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  18. Don't you hate it when the link doesn't work?

    link

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  19. Especially when you have to do it THREE times!

    link

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  21. Ok. It's SATURDAY, but, for me, the beach is all about slowing down and enjoying, so I played today. :)

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  22. I went to the beach here. It seems Sunday is beach day in Avantaland.

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