Friday, June 17, 2016

To The Beach!

It’s the middle of June and I’m finally able to say I spent quality time at the beach. Not, “Hey, let’s run up to the beach for a minute before the next Nor’easter hits and it’s too freakin’ cold!” or “Let’s see if we can manage twenty minutes before the next rainstorm hits.” The weather here has just been terrible. And that makes this beach bum quite unhappy.

Or it did until this week. Finally, I got some time in the sun! The best part is that I’ve found this cool little spot that not too many of the locals know about so if you get there early, you can find not only a primo spot on the sand, but excellent parking too. Bonus!

The only downfall this visit were the flies. It was something I’ve never encountered to this extreme. Very bizarre. As we pulled in there people leaving and complaining about how many flies were buzzing around. I thought they were exaggerating. Nope.  If you stood still for too long, they landed. In the tens. Then they bit. So, we played in the water to keep them off. Win-win. We stayed cool and insect-free.

These guys did too. Smart puppies (they aren’t mine):

Neither are any of these homes:
 
This guy was chilling by our blanket:

 


On a side note: A big thank you to all of you bought and downloaded my book, Steps Along My Shore, last week. I apologize to those of you who ran into any glitches along the way. I’m definitely still learning the ropes.


I appreciate all of you and your reviews are most definitely welcome!

37 comments:

  1. Can't stand those biting flies. At least you found a way to avoid them and had a good time at the beach.

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    1. The flies were so strange. I never experienced anything like them. They were regular looking flies, not horseflies but they bit. Crazy. Still, the beach was beautiful, the water cool, and day was amazing!

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  2. Hi Elise - yes flies are the 'pits' ... glad you could just stay in the water and enjoy yourselves - til it was time to fly home! Cheers Hilary

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    1. *smiles* Very clever Hilary! The flies were annoying! I'm so glad the water was tolerable enough for us to get in there and not freeze to death! Have a great weekend!

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  3. If it's a spot many don't know about, treasure it. We'll be hitting the beach for a day next month.

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    1. Absolutely! I'm so glad we found it. Have fun at the beach, it's my place to find serenity, hope you find yours too.

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  4. Quality time and beach bum? So you stuck your bare bum in the sand? Oh, what will thrill some lol What? You said it.

    Stupid flies would drive me away. Probably the weather the goes this way and that that brought them out. Hey, if Trump wins at least you'll have a beach free of Canadian visitors. The beach might get a wall around it, but you'll have room lol

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    1. haha! Of course you would say that, Pat! My bum in the sand, only you, Pat, only you!

      Our politics in the US is just sad. It's one extreme or the other. I know how I'm going to vote but when I make the choice it's with a heavy heart.

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    2. lmao the brain goes every which way at my bay

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  5. Flies and mosquitoes. It's one of the reasons I stay indoors all summer. The greenheads are the WORST. those come out in late July.

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    1. I love to be outside during the summer but the insects do make it difficult. Usually the wind at the beach make it tolerable but this time, not so much. I know exactly what you're talking about! Those greenheads are big suckers!

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  6. I have flies too. Enjoy your summer time at the beach (I am envious), smiles!

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    1. Sorry you can relate to the flies. I'm so happy and excited my time of year is back. My goal is to get to the beach once a week. Not probable with my health and work, but hey...I can try!

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  7. There's always some bug in the ointment! Sometimes quite literally.

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    1. So very true! And I've been loving your series on gay pride. Well done!

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  8. Biting flies? Sounds like the South.

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    1. Yep, we had them when I lived in the south. They were awful!

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  9. Those biting flies are a major contributor to my psychosis against going fishing. My father used to take us fishing for eels (I know...eels) and the flies would eat us alive!

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    1. Fishing for eels? That's interesting. One of the fisherman that was leaving said it had something to do with the shifting winds. I guess we were getting ready for a storm or something. I have no idea.

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  10. The beach: Heaven on earth. Glad you can soak it up, hon.
    Love to ya.

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    1. It really is a place to appreciate where I am. I love living near the coast. So blessed! Love ya, babe!

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  11. What a happy day at the beach, great to clear the mind and relax!

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    1. It really is my calming, happy place. I love it!

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  12. Hope you really had a great time, looked excellent!

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    1. I had a fabulous time and can't wait to get back...this weekend??

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  13. Flies that bite. Yuck and ouch. Not a fan of that. Am a fan of finding a place that if you get there early, not too many folks know about. Very cool.

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    1. Yeah, what the heck flies? Shoo fly don't bother me! It was an awesome spot and one of my kid's just told me about another one. How lucky am I?

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  14. Haven't been to a beach in years, and not in June when it is bloody cold here

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    1. I'm so grateful we're entering the warmer weather. It feels like it's been forever!

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  15. I didn't get to the beach yet this year. Either way, I never venture into the water. It's usually too cold for me and I hate that you can't see what's in it! Lol But, when I do go, it's Robert Moses. Lol That's means, tripping over people and a lonnnnggg walk in the parking lot. Hahaha

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    1. The water is still cold but when it's hot, I don't care, I run along the shore line, jump in, then run out again :) Robert Moses is way better than Jones Beach any day but nothing will ever beat Fire Island. I love that place. Especially Sunken Meadow!

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  16. I didn't get to the beach yet this year. Either way, I never venture into the water. It's usually too cold for me and I hate that you can't see what's in it! Lol But, when I do go, it's Robert Moses. Lol That's means, tripping over people and a lonnnnggg walk in the parking lot. Hahaha

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  17. I didn't get to the beach yet this year. Either way, I never venture into the water. It's usually too cold for me and I hate that you can't see what's in it! Lol But, when I do go, it's Robert Moses. Lol That's means, tripping over people and a lonnnnggg walk in the parking lot. Hahaha

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  18. A cloud of flies? Your beach isn't being hit by pestilence, is it? Because it feels a little soon for end of days.

    Yeah, yeah, rub it in. I'd rather be on a beach with flies than no beach with no flies. I did get a hanging hammock for my front porch, though, so I can always pretend.

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  19. I LOVE the beach but I don't think I'll get to one this summer. I guess I should console myself with the fact that I also won't get to deal with the terrible beach flies. Why must they be there to mess up an otherwise perfect spot?
    Glad you got to have a good beach day. :)

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  20. Hi Elise - I'm putting this up here .. so you can delete it ... as it's not really relevant - but in your comment to me today re history in Europe or England for that matter - you mentioned you loved castles ... in 2012 my A-Z in April was all about castles ... if you have 5 minutes to read a post occasionally ... enjoy them - cheers Hilary

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