Beach? Pool? River? Lake?

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Little River flows from the Great Smoky Mountains right past our land.

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!

canoeing on Findley Lake

Canoeing on the lake was a Summer passtime, when we weren’t swimming, boating or skiing

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.

Onslow Beach on Camp Lejeune N.C. is wide, clean and beautiful as seen through the eyes of a Marine wife.

Onslow Beach on Camp Lejeune N.C. is wide, clean and beautiful as seen through the eyes of a Marine wife.

Marines often have a different view of the same beach. These are Amphibious Assault Vehicles practicing a beach invasion.

Marines often have a different view of the same beach. These are Amphibious Assault Vehicles practicing a beach invasion.

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?

3 thoughts on “Beach? Pool? River? Lake?

  1. I too grew up in upstate NY (Elmira if you are interested) and played and swam in lakes and rivers. But when I was a teenager, we took a family trip to Myrtle Beach and I fell in love with the ocean. When I got old enough to drive myself, I made yearly pilgrimages to beaches to salve my soul. After college, I joined the US Navy – they’d put me near the ocean! Oh, and we are happy to give our brother marines a ride to where they need to go! I married my Navy man (36 yrs and going strong) and we have lived near the ocean since then. There is something about the ocean and the waves crashing on the beach that speaks to me.

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  2. Ooh, this post made me dream of summer! My favorite water is, of course, near the beach in the Mayan Riviera. But I’ll settle for poolside, a drink in my hand and a raunchy book on my tablet. Sigh!

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