Parasailing at the Beach Picture

This morning, one of my Facebook friends, Norma, mentioned that she was going to the beach.  She had a friend up in Springfield, Mass that said he wanted to go too.  

I probably won’t go to the beach.  If I go out into the sun, I tan so fast that I’d end up looking like a surfer dude.   I don’t mind that, but when you’re interviewing for Project Management positions, looking like you spend your day sitting on the beach isn’t exactly the best thing for portraying your professionality.

On the other hand, we have a great beach.  I used to drive 1206 (yes exactly) miles from my place in Pennsylvania to this particular beach to do what these folks are doing now.  I’d lay out and bake and turn nut brown and come back and make everyone jealous.  I wouldn’t lay out flat on the ground here facing the street again though, the beach is angled fairly sharply to the water’s edge.  One time I hit the perfect storm of time of day, sun angle and my laying feet toward the street and managed to sunburn my sinuses.  I never want to go through that again!

Although this picture was taken in June, I would bet that the beach today will be just about as crowded.  There are no tarballs yet washing up here, no Kiss of BP’s Incompetence destroying the beach yet, and plenty of sand to lay out on.  This may not be forever since the Gulf Stream is only 8 miles off shore here.

If you’re planning on coming, now’s a good time to do it.  You can even go up and parasail like one person did in this picture.  I’ve wanted to do that but have always wondered how I’d taste to a shark.   It looks like a wonderful adventure, I’d have to take a camera up in a plastic bag if I went, but I think most likely it will just be a wonder rather than a memory – I’ll probably never do it.

Fort Lauderdale Beach at Sunrise Blvd

For most snowbirds, this is one of the first views that you get of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The oil hasn’t gotten here, yet.

It is still clean, there are still people coming to the beach.  It is summer, and while it is what most people would consider hot, it has been hotter in the big cities of the Northeast. 

The summer isn’t the time most people expect to go to Florida, this is a “cold weather destination” – people come here when their own places are miserable and it is beautiful here. 

I call this our secret season.  This is when the locals come out to play and bring a few select friends.  The water is still blue and warm.  The breezes are still refreshing.  The sand still gets between your toes.  You can walk the beach without having to step over too many college kids from Michigan and Iowa and you can get a seat at any restaurant you like without too much trouble.

Sure it rained all weekend, but this is the Wet Season.  There are four areas to watch in the Caribbean Basin and the Gulf of Mexico, but nothing is going to amount to anything here yet.  It may later, but for now it is all clear.

After all, its nice to go outside dressed like that guy and walk out to the beach on a “Beach Day” and play tourist.  Millions have.  Millions will.

Congress Hall, Cape May NJ

What you’re seeing is a Historically Significant Building.   This is the Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May, NJ.   Way South Jersey, near the southernmost point where the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
I liked the scene.  I had paid a visit just before I moved to Florida, and we spent the day walking around looking at trinkets both two legged and in stores in their quaint shopping district.   The Rockers are nice and comfortable, and it affords you a great view of the ocean.   The place was a playground for the rich in the 1800s and early 1900s, fell into the hands of a church and then into disrepair.   The rehab of the building turned it into a fully functioning resort and a Victorian marvel that was worth the visit.