I love the water in the summer and need, yes , to be near it, on it or in it. But how I enjoy water has changed over my lifetime.
I spent a few hours last weekend with female friends floating down the Little River in my kayak until we got to our land. When I say we floated, we literally sat in the boats and allowed the current to take us most of the time. We didn’t hurry at all. The river was low but moved fast enough to carry us the few miles home. It was our first float of the year and felt great!
I grew up on a small lake in Upstate New York paddling flat-bottomed canoes on water as smooth as glass. We water skied, putted around in the boat sometimes and flew over the water others. We swam, jumped off the dock, raced to the island or a raft and practically lived in and on the water.
While following Macho Marine around the world, we went to some of the best beaches, all located on Marines Corps bases.
When the children were in high school, we had an in-ground pool in the back yard and we swam from early May through October.
Now, we live on Little River that flows from the Great Smoky Mountains and paddle as often as we can.
So tell me your water preference. Beach? Pool? River? Lake?