We're both too cheap and too energetic to rent a beach chair for an entire day--we might sit and stare at the view for half an hour or so, but then it just feels like it's time to move on. I don't drink alcohol, so the seaside bars don't appeal. We'll grab a canned iced tea from a convenience store for 2 ringgit and carry it with us if we think we might get thirsty. Neither one of us thinks laying out in the sun is a good idea--Angel doesn't want to get tan, and I learned in beauty school that 70% of visible signs of aging skin are caused by sun damage.
I think jet skis and the like are too expensive and too dangerous to be worth it. And besides--who wants to add more noise and chaos and man-made machinery to a beautiful place like a tropical beach? I have no interest in supporting the jet-ski/parasailing/speedboating industries. Here, the salespeople aren't pushy like they are where we live, and that's really nice. We wander the beaches in comparative peace.
So what do we do on the beach? We walk. We walk as far and as long as we possibly can, from one end to the other. He with an umbrella in one hand and a camera in the other. Me, in a zigzag fashion, wandering from one interesting washed-up jellyfish to another colorful shell to a funny-looking piece of coral. I don't collect anything, because I don't like piles of broken shells transported away from the beach. I just like looking at them, right there where they belong.
Our favorite part is when there's rocks to clamber over. We try to keep our Chacos from getting wet, because once the soles are wet, they'll be extra-slippery when we're trying to get over rocks and continue on our journey to the opposite end of the beach. Eventually, we'll have to stop. Sometimes the beach just ends. Sometimes there's an outflowing river cutting through the sand, and that's what causes us to turn around because there's no way around it.
Maybe we're a pair of oddballs when it comes to our beach trips, but we sure have a lot of fun. After the busiest year of my life, it was good to get away with my favorite person and meander up one beach and down another.
How do you prefer to enjoy your beaches?