June 4, 2012

The Perks of Being A Local

Living on the beach is almost too good to be true. So few people actually live on the coast, and I'm so fortunate that I've been able to grow up in such an awesome place. And during the summer I appreciate my hometown even more. Every year, May through August, tourists flood the island, and the beach is the number one tourist takeover location. Even though the summer months are great for local businesses, if you ask any local all you will hear is the infamous phrase, "Get off my island!" Say what you want about us, but we islanders are possessive about our beach, and when we have to walk 10 minutes just to get to the beach parking lot because there is no parking close by, we get a little irritated.

But thankfully, there are times during the summer when the tourists aren't taking up all the sand. Personally, I love going to the beach in the late afternoon on weekdays. There's plenty of room to set up chairs, and there is no need to break out the tents and coolers filled with snacks and beverages. And for someone like me who burns easily, going to the beach as the sun is going down means I don't have to lather up with sunscreen and tanning oil. It's so much more peaceful.

And if you really want to make sure to get some quality beach time, go to the beach right as a huge storm is about to come through town...

My best friend, Catherine, running from the storm.

Stay golden,

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