Pool or Beach?

Posted July 16, 2015 by Elizabeth in Beyond the Books/ 13 Comments

KissinBlueKaren hosts Beyond the Books each Thursday. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).

This week’s question is Pool or Beach? This is a difficult one for me. I am a water person, so I’ll take anything, even a walk in the rain! I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t swim and have never been afraid of the water.

080813111240 (2)Growing up, my family rented a beach house for two weeks every summer on the Connecticut shoreline. The water in Long Island Sound is warmer than a lot of other places along the coast, so we were never reluctant to go in. We also had a pool, making a bathing suit and shorts the ensemble of the day. We were in and out of the pool all day, and most of the neighborhood was with us. For a short time, we even had a slide, but it became a source of fighting and danger, and my mom got rid of it.  Based on those years I would choose pool only because it was there every day while the beach was a short period of time. If it’s a matter of I can have one or the other I’d go with the childhood pool.Did you grow up with a pool or vacationing at a beach? Stop in to take the poll. Click To Tweet

When we grew up and my sister’s children came along, we all went to Ogunquit, ME, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, where the water is COLD. It is a very popular beach and can get really crowded, plus at high tide there is very little beach that far north, so we would plan our trips for morning low tide and get to the beach early. Opposite the beach is a great tidal river that is calm and warm and a great place for the kids to swim and splash without getting knocked over by waves. We always stayed at a hotel with both indoor and outdoor pools. familykayakIndoor pools are important in bad weather if you travel with kids, and my mom likes the pool in the afternoons, so again I didn’t have to make a decision. I get hot sitting by the ocean reading much faster than by the pool, but going in to cool off in the ocean seems like more work than the pool. I like that a pool doesn’t leave me all sticky and sandy, but a beach just feels like summer, doesn’t it? Horseflies also seem to find me very attractive, perhaps for my sweet personality. No matter where I sit on the beach they find me and I end up either bitten or swatting the whole time.

About ten years ago a new option appeared on my horizon. My sister and her husband purchased a beautiful house in a lakeside community in New Hampshire. They are steps from the dock in one direction and the beach on the other. With a boat, I can float and read with no bugs. If I get hot I step down the ladder and dip into the cold water that is fresh, so no sticky salt all over me. I also love that we can move the boat to different coves, rocks where the kids like to climb, or near the bird sanctuary where people have to be quiet and just relax.
This community also has a small beach with a floating dock, places for the kids to fish and is great for kayaking. Prior to this, my experience with lakes was more like large ponds. They had slimy bottoms, were often murky, and no real beach. Now I have to say, ocean or lake I’m a lake person. In a perfect world, I would either have my own backyard pool or live on a lake, neither of which I can afford. Since beggars can’t be choosers, I go where I’m invited!me-rdg-boat

Do you have a preference? Are you one of those rare people who don’t like the water at all? Zip on over to KissinBlueKaren for Beyond the Books and see what others prefer, or visit the 2015 Discussion Challenge at It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

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13 responses to “Pool or Beach?

  1. I grew up going to the beach but also spent a lot of time in the pool and lake. I love summer for the beach. I worked at summer camp during H.S. and spent a lot of time by the Great Lakes and the Finger Lakes:) I miss those summers….

  2. I guess I should have included lake in this discussion post topic, but I overlooked it. I love lakes in Florida, but here in new England it seems like it would be too cold living off a lake with the wind just whipping over the water. I just want a pool. Great post and thanks for playing along!

  3. I love LOOKING at the ocean but swimming in it is a total no go since I can’t usually see my feet and there are too many crazy things in the ocean that could touch me. lol

    I do like pools though when I have the time. My mom has one back home and man I’m jealous.

  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    I am one of the few people you mention who doesn’t like the water, can’t swim and I am in fact scared of it, to the point where I wouldn’t even consider a cruise!

    Which is just as well in some respects, as very few private houses have pools here in the UK, they are very much a rich man’s playground!

    I do however, love the coastline, so that is always my number one choice for a holiday or day out. I won’t sit on the beach however, but do enjoy walking on the sand, or strolling along the promenade, if there is no serious coast path walking available.

    Nice post, I enjoyed it 🙂


  5. I’m a water fiend 🙂 I won’t let a single summer go by without hitting the beach. I’ve been on a lot of beaches around the world, and I love it all – sea, ocean, pools. I’ve managed to pass on to the bug to my son too, and poor Hubs conforms (because he’s a nice guy 🙂 ), so our holidays are always beach holidays. Wonderful post, Elizabeth!

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