The World is Not a Beach

3 Jun

Last night, I went to the Phoenix Ball and had a good time. We drank. We ate. We danced. We saw a local doctor lick the ice sculpture. Yes, even when people are formally dressed they still act like fools. The students who serve as valets got a big kick out of that scene. One of them said that it was the best night of his entire time in college. That’s saying something.

There were some good people sitting at our table. We were all very talkative. One couple was a fellow coworker and his wife. Another couple was the son of a former coworker and his wife. A third couple was a former student and her husband. Then, there was a local business owner and his wife. As far as I know, neither one of them was a former coworker or student.

We talked about a lot of stuff, and, at one point, traveling came up. They all talked about their favorite places to visit, and it was all beaches.

Florida beaches.Florida Beach

Alabama beaches.Alabama Beach

South Carolina beaches. South Carolina Beach

As they described each one, I wanted to point out that they kept saying the same things over and over.

“Oh, the sand is wonderful.”

“There’s this great seafood place that no one knows about.”

“The condo is right on the beach.”

In essence, these people go to different beaches all of the time, but they are always seeing the same thing. I have to say that I felt bad for them. If they go to a Florida beach all of the time, then they will never see the geysers of Yellowstone.Old Faithful

If they go to a South Carolina beach all of the time, then they will never see Monticello or Mount Vernon.Mount Vernon

If they go to an Alabama beach all of the time, then they will never look down upon the Grand Canyon.Grand Canyon

I have written before that my family hardly ever went to the beach for vacation. We got in a car and drove across the country. Through those vacations, I grew up seeing the United States and all of its beauty. Yes, beaches are nice, but there’s a lot more to the world than a beach.

I may be a travel snob, but I believe that people are doing themselves a disservice if they always go to a beach. There’s more to life than watching wave after wave after wave and following that up with a shrimp cocktail and hush puppies. There is an entire world of more interesting stuff.

6 Responses to “The World is Not a Beach”

  1. adventuroustrips June 3, 2013 at 06:11 #

    I totally agree, and it was a bit of a kick reading this after just visiting Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon within the last two weeks.

    • Rick June 3, 2013 at 13:45 #

      Those two places in two weeks? How lucky are you?

      Thanks for your comment.

      • adventuroustrips June 3, 2013 at 22:51 #

        Haha yeah not bad right. Yellowstone is so wild.

  2. seniorhiker June 3, 2013 at 15:53 #

    I’ll confess that we go to the beach (North Carolina) each Spring to get our seafood fix. But we always travel somewhere else as well. Last year it was Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain. This year is still up for discussion.

    • Rick June 3, 2013 at 22:42 #

      I like beaches, too. I just believe that other things should be mixed in.


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