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04 January 2016

Beach Preferences

We've got to be the funniest pair to ever take a beach vacation. Angel doesn't see any reason in getting in the water unless he can surf or boogie board (the ocean is flat where we are). I don't particularly like swimming, nor do I think soaking my body in salt water sounds like fun.

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

Langkawi beaches

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

 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.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

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.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

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?
Christa Hutchins said...

I love the beach and don't get there nearly often enough. I like walking on the beach, but I also enjoy laying in a beach chair under an umbrella reading a great book and drinking an endless supply of diet Coke. Sounds like you had a wonderful day at the beach!

Leslie said...

Hah, I love this! I don't like swimming in water I can't see through so when I go to the beach I soak in the scenes, read a book, & people watch.

Bekah Walsh said...

I've found beaches less appealing as I've gotten older - I'm terrified of jellyfish so I prefer to swim in the pool, and like you, don't want to just sit around in the sun all day. I'm happy to read or walk around for awhile.

Chelsie Carr said...

The ocean is one of my favorite places on the Earth; and I love doing every activity I can while I'm there. I lay out in the sun, I swim, I body surf and I walk and collect shells! As long as you enjoy it, that's all that matters!

xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

Mariel Collins said...

I love the thought of the beach and I do love it from far (a nice restaurant or a view from my room). But I absolutely hate getting sand all over me lol... I lived in florida my whole life and only went a handful of times:(

Becky @ Disney in your Day said...

I'm not a big beach person myself. I grew up 5 minutes from a beach but it just wasn't my thing - not a fan of salt water and especially sand getting everywhere. I do like to visit beaches to take photos though, it is very beautiful there.

Kristina said...

We go to the beach in the summer but the water is cold, so we sit on a blanket for a while, me trying to get sun, my hubby as covered as can be, and we also walk, walk, walk, and I take pictures. I'll wade in a little sometimes, but up to my ankles.

Cori Large said...

I love walking on the beach. If/When I do go, that's what I spend most of my time doing. It also gets me away from family who harass me about being in the sun.

Lisa W. said...

I would much prefer to sit under an umbrella and read.

Charlene Maugeri said...

I'm with you on most of this. Except sometimes I like to relax in a chair reading a captivating book for more than 30 minutes at a time. :)

Tawni Sattler said...

Haha this is perfect! I'm with you, girl!!

Patty said...

I agree with you on not loving the whole swimming in salt water thing! I still can remember the "taste" of it when we went to Florida, yuck!

Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn said...

You're so cute! I like sitting in the water (if it feels super warm) and putting my feet in the wet sand, but not actually swimming. I'm also super pale and my husband had to have melanoma skin cancer removed from his face so...there's that haha. How did I miss that you went to beauty school though?!

Suzanne Carillo said...

I do like walking down the beach and discovering fish or shells but I think since it is now -9 C here, mostly I'd like to be on a beach under an umbrella with my Kindle and some snorkelling gear nearby for when I want to venture out and see the fish as they should be seen. Sigh. I want to go there now.

bisous
Suzanne

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love to walk along the coast -- the clifftop paths are my favourite but a stretch of beach now and again helps to mix it up a bit ;-) I'm certainly much too fidgety to sit still on a traditional beach holiday! I think your holiday looks idyllic.

Bumble Bee Mum said...

I'm not too big a fan of beaches. I just like looking at them and smelling the sea. Provided the sand is sparkling white clean and the sea is crystal clear and the air is not polluted. My beach holiday usually involves a resort by the beach with all the facilities I need to keep myself and the kids occupied.

Laura said...

Super fun day! The beach is one of my favorite places to be. To read, to swim, to scuba dive, to jetski (we own one and live on a bay and 30 minutes from the beach...bought for cheap and hubby refurbished). Walking and walking and letting the dogs run is just the best!

Chrissy said...

I love going to the beach and wished I lived there. I never tan either, all I do is get a sunburn even when using sunscreen.

Jessica Cangiano said...

You come up with the most delightful blog topics, lovely Rachel. I adore just about any beach, from the rough and wild shores of the stunning Pacific here in BC to the calm, toast hued sands of our local Okanagan beaches. Just being near water makes me extremely happy and relaxed, so if I'm on a beach, chances are I'm in a good mood and thus having fun by default.

Big hugs & joyful New Year's wishes!
♥ Jessica

The Haunted Housewife said...

Haha! My husband and I are similar. He finds beaches boring; I'm too pale so I can't stay out there for long. I think beach water is gross, seagulls are annoying... can you tell I'm not a beach person? Sounded like you had fun though :)

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

not gonna lie - i am all about beach bumming it! i could sit there for hours and watch the waves roll in and out, it's very meditative and relaxing for me. this could be due to the fact that we live in portland, OR where it's cloudy and rainy for 8 months out of the year so i soak up all the sun i can when i can! i am also a big fan of walking the beach too. glad you two make it work for you both!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like you had a great time at the beach!

jack carlson said...

looks like you had fun !!! I am made for the beach i am a sun worshiper !! I love it all but there is some fun for everyone Laci

Indrani said...

My idea of beach trip is same as yours. Can't really sit in a beach chair to read a book or gaze at sea.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More said...

I see nothing wrong with how you enjoy beach time! :) I love walking the beaches. I too usually sit for a little bit but then I love to just get up and walk, letting the water hit my feet as the tide rolls in and out. Perfection.

Anonymous said...

I grew up near the beach so I never really took a vacation or anything to visit the beach.

Brittany | Southern Soul

Linda Bibb said...

Because of my fair complexion, I try to limit any beach-going to late afternoon. That's when the sun is lower and we can take a long walk on the beach without worrying about sunburn. Like you, we enjoy minimalist beach-combing while we walk, which for us means not taking any souvenirs.

That's our go-to activity. We do enjoy the occasional dip, especially when there's a nearby shower to rinse off with. Or, on those rare occasions where we find a random umbrella to park under, we might enjoy a short nap on the warm sand. But never for long. There's too much else to do!

Farrah said...

Yay for beaches! I'm way too cheap to rent a beach chair too, and aughhh, sun damage. x_x I love walking along the beach as well whilst sunscreened to the max (and/or wading in the water if it's not completely freezing)!

Let me be Free Blog said...

I dive straight into the water!

Ting Dalton said...

We love walking on beaches too, although I have to say - I enjoy lying on them but not as much with four-year old now! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

Brita Long said...

This is hilarious. Dan & I are not quite opposites of y'all, but we do have different beach preferences! I love relaxing on a chair or towel in the shade while napping or reading. Dan bounces in the waves. We both enjoy building sand castles, although he likes it more than I do.

I really want to go to the beach now!