Happy August, everyone! This month's question is: What is your favourite beach? I'm going to give you my top three, cuz that's just the kind o' gal I am!
My favourite Canadian beach is located in Newfoundland, a place that is dear to my heart. My grandfather was born and raised there and while he spent the vast majority of his life in Ontario, we spent many a summer vacation in his home province. Much of that time involved roaming the abandoned outport in which he was born (Bradley's Cove, for the record), and many an hour in what was known as Crocker's Cove, named after one of several families who'd established the area. Unfortunately, I didn't get a great photo of the beach when I was last there (2010), but here's a half-decent one from my previous visit:
As you can see, it's not sandy, but it's a great place for finding smoothly rounded beach rocks, or for throwing rocks back into the ocean. In my opinion, Newfoundland is one of the most beautiful places in the world. If it wasn't so far away by car, I would go there more often - no doubt about it!
My favourite beach in the United States is located at Fort DeSoto State Park, Florida. In 2005 (and in other years!), it was voted America's Best Beach, which is why we visited it during our trip in '06. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Take a look:
Gorgeous, right? When we went in April, there were very few people to spoil the endless stretch of sand. While there weren't tons of seashells, at least not by the time of day at which we arrived, we did enjoy inspecting those we could find. The water was clean, clear and delightfully temperate. Who could ask for more?
Lastly, my favourite 'local' beach - another sandy one, but this time brought to you by Wasaga Beach, Ontario. It's a bit of a drive for me, made well worth the trip for the longest freshwater beach in the world (14 kms). While it can get crowded on long weekends, and I suppose anytime during the summer, if you arrive early enough, you're sure to find a good spot. I went last year with a couple of girlfriends from high school, and we had a wonderful time.
As you can see by the waves, it can be pretty windy, and we had a hard time holding onto our hats! A good idea to layer, so you can add or remove according to the air temperature. None of us actually went in the water that long August weekend, but there were a number of souls more brave than we!
So, 'fess up - what's your favourite beach? Don't be afraid to name more than one!
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