Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Beach Dreams

It's been a long winter, blah, blah, blah. You've heard it all before, right? Well, it's hard to keep up a garden blog during the winter anyway, let alone a winter like this one. Instead of focusing on snowflakes, or the dried brown twigs remaining from last year's garden, I decided to mostly just ride it out till the garden really does return. But now and then, I get the urge to dig back through my photos to remember warmer days. Today, I wanted to revisit all my favorite beaches, starting in my hometown.

 I grew up in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, called St. Joseph. Most locals simply call it. St. Joe. It's a charming little tourist beach town, attracting people from all over, but mostly in summer. I'm pretty sure they roll up the sidewalks in winter, even though there are things to enjoy in every season. I have to admit that I haven't been back to see it in winter for many, many years. But they recently installed a webcam that points right at the lighthouse, and through that, I have once again been able to see the raw beauty of the beach in winter. However, I'd much to prefer to visit in summer, like this.
Every year, I take at least one trip up there. These days, I'm a tourist there like any other. I do have some friends and family still in the area, but mostly I go there just to see the sights. Most importantly, I go for the beach. I'm not a big sun bather, I just like to be at the beach. I want to hear the waves roll in and feel the sand under my feet. It soothes me.
 Still, I can enjoy other beaches too. St. Joe is on the west coast of Michigan, but there are many other lovely beach towns along those same shores, including South Haven,
 Sleeping Bear Dunes, and many others. Did you figure out by now that I have a particular fondness for lighthouses?
While Michigan beaches may be my favorites, we do sometimes visit more tropical beaches. I do love those too, just in a different way. One of our favorite spots is Marco Island, off the SW coast of Florida.

We also love Siesta Key,
and Sanibel Island.

So even though these beaches seem so very far away right now, it soothes me to look back at them while winter still lingers. Someday soon I hope my beach dreams will turn to reality.


  1. LOVE the beach too Robin. Like you, not as much to sunbath as everything else. These pics are perfect for a cold winter day. I look forward to summer as well and I'm glad it's almost March so that spring will be here. I think you've actually had a colder winter than we have this year. All your coping methods are ones I use too plus winter bulbs (like the Amaryllis) really help as well.
    Thank you for all your recent comments too. I really appreciate them. Am looking harder to find the blessings!!! Stay warm and hang in there ~ spring is coming!!

  2. Those are amazing photos. Its not long until brighter weather and longer days will be upon us. Its good to start looking towards Spring and Summer-like scenes!

  3. Perfect, I needed some beach shots to get me through this latest cold snap. And what beautiful shots you have taken.


  4. You know I love the beach as much as you do! I am so glad we got to visit St Joe last year. It is such a charming town with great shops and restaurants and of course, we loved the beach. Like you, I'm not a sunbather. I simply like "being" there, walking in the sand. I have to admit though - I'm not a Florida person and the Atlantic coast just doesn't appeal to me. Now the Pacific coast is another story. :-)

  5. Hi Robin,
    I enjoyed my little virtual travels. It is a blessing for you to live near those places, or close enough to visit. I am glad Larry and I got to go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2007. We knew it was most likely going to be the only time to experience the wonder of the sounds and sights of an ocean. Your post made me realize that the beaches and waves of the Great Lakes are very similar to those of the ocean.

    It is currently 1 degree here in SE Nebraska. I am so ready for spring!


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