I don't like the beach.
I don't like to be near the ocean.
I don't like the sound of the waves crashing.
I've lived near the ocean for the past 7 years (near = less than 15 miles away) and I only go when asked by visiting guests, for the most part. The beach at Daytona Beach is a place where you could drive your car on the sand, so I'd do that a few times a year.
I lived in Jacksonville an entire year before I went down to the beach...and even then I walked to the top of the dune (on the boardwalk,) looked at the water and beach for a few minutes and turned around and went back to the car. The first of May my husband asked me to go to the beach with him - I blogged about that visit here - so I do go, but I don't love it.
I think it all goes back to my early years. I was a very good swimmer. My nickname was fish! My grandparents had an indoor pool (it was soooo coool!) and I swam a lot. I would dive from the high dive at the community pool and swim circles around my friends. Then one day I went to visit my uncle and we took a trip to the ocean. I don't recall going too far out from the shore, but I got sucked under. I could hold my breath for a long time, but in a panic situation I think that time is cut in half. I honestly don't know what happened after going under, but I do remember coming up and my uncle was calling for me. He was so far away from me. He didn't see me at first, but when he did it seemed like a lifetime until he got to me.
I was taught not to cry while swimming (I was a crier, still am come to think of it) because it's so easy to choke on the water, so I didn't cry and go into full panic mode until I got close to shore. At least that's the way I remember it.
Water had a whole new meaning after that. I still swam in pools but I was totally turned off from bodies of water. I'd prefer not to be in a boat either.
Oh, have I mentioned that I also lived on lake front property once upon a time when I last lived in Michigan? Yep, sure did. We had two boats, too. My husband loves the water and boats. sigh.
I know Leigh is probably gasping at the thought of someone NOT loving the beach. LOL She talks often about her trips to the beach and her plans on retiring there. I like beach houses, palm trees, warm winters, slight breezes and the bright colors of the beach theme. It would be perfect if it weren't for that darned water and sand.
Hope you have a great day!