My number one vacation choice is a beach. Even though I can no longer tolerate the sun exposure, I love to sink my toes into the sand, let my eyes gaze at the horizon, watch the seagulls & pelicans fish and just smell the salt air. I grew up not far from Huntington Beach, CA. Before I had car keys, the bus and my bike would transport me to the beach.

Here’s one of our earlier trips to Padre Island where we drove onto the beach and stayed. We are looking forward to heading back there in the new camper, Maximus.

National Seashore Padre Island, TX
Miles of Sand Along the Gulf of Mexico

Once we moved into a camper part of the year, I also discovered beautiful lake and river beaches. Sometimes, I’m even more enamored with these beaches because it took a lot of effort to get there if we were hiking or backpacking. It’s more valuable if you had to work for it.

This river bank here was near West Yellowstone National Park. There is a fishing access along the North Fork Flathead River that allows camping. In the left hand side of the picture, you can see several cars and campers. We ventured further away from the bridge and found a little more seclusion with a great morning sunrise view. The rocky shoreline did not slow me down from gravitating to a daily water’s edge walk about.

River Rock bank of Middle Fork Flathead River

Although many lakes are rocky, Lake Tahoe has a few stunning beach areas. It is worth lingering on this beach even in the dead of winter.

Some lakes are so unique they don’t quite fit into a category. If you have visited Mono Lake in California, you will know what I mean. A geological oddity being that it is a land locked saline lake. It is surrounded by sand and marshland and is known for the tall columns of limestone.

Being a beach vacation gal, even now I still find a yearly beach escape to Mexico, Hawaii or another island for a resort stay and get my beach fix. Here’s a few pictures from The Bahamas, St. John Virgin Islands, and Cabo San Lucas.

My Favorite Local Beach

Salt Creek Beach has been a long time favorite of mine. It is located in Dana Point, CA. There’s long stretches of beach to walk on, a long walking/biking path, a beautiful picnic area and large grassy area for Frisbee and picnic blankets. I no longer live nearby, but I still find myself making a yearly visit to this special place. It’s even more special now as this is where Steve proposed to me in 2017. This photo was taken Christmas 2021 time frame. My daughter came with me to visit one of my favorite places. It was a special day in the special place with a beautiful beach!

Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, CA

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