(This is a Finish the Sentence Friday post.)
We had yet another snow day yesterday. I, like many of you, am so done with winter. I am, and have always been, a total sun worshipper. There is nothing I crave more than sitting on the beach with a book, a cocktail, and the sun’s rays pounding my skin. I enjoy pondering the question,
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
It evokes such freedom of imagination, picturing yourself somewhere that may be impractical or logistically impossible, a place that may end up in actuality being lonely, or expensive, or more tedious than you originally thought. It’s still fun to fantasize! I love where we live- Colorado- for its climate, beauty, opportunities for exploration, not to mention the community we live in and the life we have carved out for ourselves.
But, in the spirit of the fantasy question and in light of my current distaste for the fourteen degree weather here, my answer would have to be: Grand Cayman.
I am a beach lover, and adore the idea of living near the ocean. I have been to a handful of fantastic beaches in my life: Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Paradise Island Bahamas, Jamaica, Florida…but I think the most beautiful one would have to be in the Cayman Islands. The color of the ocean and the impeccably soft beaches make it a real-life paradise. OK, I’m crying a little now. I would give anything for a Mojito, a mindless novel, and 8 hours of sunbathing with the husband.
Though we have been to Mexico several times with our oldest daughter, prior to her sister’s birth, and we spent last spring break in Florida, it’s been awhile since we had a straight-up beach vacation. I am longing for the next opportunity to bask in the sun, undisturbed by anything, listening to the soothing repetition of the crashing waves. Here are some of our highlights from past beach excursions:
In my Cayman Island fantasy world, my husband could do some kind of boat-thing to earn a living (he’s from Miami, after all, and has the skills) while I spent the day sunbathing and writing, being a famous author of course. The kids? Who knows! I’m sure they could go to school, help Daddy on the water, fetch Mommy her cocktails, and become professional sand-castle sculptors. All right, back to reality- time to shovel some snow. (Who am I kidding? I haven’t shoveled in years! Thanks, hubby!)
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I don’t shovel either, lol!! And so with you on being a beach lover!! Seriously, I am dreaming of the warmer weather and going to the beach right now!!
I miss the beach all the time, as much as I love the (usually) sunny CO winters… I feel you. We went to Hawaii with the babe this winter. It was awesome although there was no uninterrupted reading time… I really do miss that!
I picked a beachy place too. I wonder if you guys would have asked us this question in August if we would have replied the same way!
OK, now that is a great point. All about perspective, no? 😉
Oh I want to be there right now. Looks soooo wonderful to be squishing my toes in the sand.
I’ve never been to Grand Cayman, but it sounds awesome…take me with you next time! 🙂
LOL! I’m done with winter too! I think we’re supposed to get some kind of “wintry mix” tomorrow. Bleh. I love the beach. I love everything about the beach. Except the sun…rather the sunburns. I just dip my body in a giant vat of sunscreen before I go out then the sand sticks to me. Mmmm. No, I really do love it. I love it at night and the whole beachy atmosphere. I even love the kitschy beaches with all that Branson, MO, Pidgeon Forge, Wisconsin Dells crap along the main drag. I LOVE that crap. Great post that brought back some memories!
DUDE. I almost almost almost answered the same way. Got married in Puerto Vallarta (the first time not this time) <3 Playa del Carmen, Cabo…I almost started partnered in an advertising business in Turks and Caicos which allowed me to spend 2 weeks every month for 4 months…(and how I earned my scuba certification). I LOVE the beach. But. I have never been to the Cayman Islands. And now I MUST go (thanks).
And ACH to the snow. Blah. Best thing about my native state? It'll be melted and 60 in no time. Oh and do tell – what's your tramp stamp?
Have been to Colorado (on road trips), totally agree with the GCI as the place to live full time. Even though I admire Spring, (easy enough to do, coming off the despised Winter), perpetual Summer would be used-to-getting-able.
(Off to the other blogs to further the climate-based torment).
Sounds glorious! We are in the midst of another winter storm here, too, and I’ve officially had enough of it!!! I grew up on the equator, so this is like torture to me on a yearly basis. Bring on beaches and mojitos!!!
I hear you. It snowed here (again!) yesterday. I am not a beach person, even though I grew up by the Mediterranean Ocean, but I’d like to know that the beach is there if I need it. Your description made me long for it.
Oh, and totally forgot to mention, gorgeous photos!!! You guys are a good looking family!
My dad and his wife once went on a cruise with another couple. In the MIDDLE of the cruise the cruise ship got repossessed. I kid you not. They went to the Cayman’s because they were the closest islands to allow the passengers to get off, for good. As in we are taking the boat, the company screwed ya good luck getting back to the states. Luckily another cruise company heard of the predicament and sent one of their ships to ‘rescue’ the tossed off passengers. I used to tell my dad he was thisclose to becoming a layman in the caymans to find a way back home.
Oh wow, this is cool! Love the pictures of your family at the beach. And that sounds like the perfect place to live…cocktails and all!! 🙂
First, you crack me up making your husband work in paradise!!!
Second, 14 freaking degrees? And here I am complaining about Mother Nature and the fact it is a raw 35 degrees!!!
When my husband and I moved away from Kanab, Utah so that he could actually find a job, we discussed the possibility of returning some day. We still own a condo in Kanab which we are currently renting until we can (hopefully some day) afford to keep it as a vacation or retirement property. We love the wide open spaces, ample opportunities for hiking, camping, kayaking and communing with the beauty of nature in so many ways. I miss the beautiful nature photos I used to take on all or adventures. We could go hiking one weekend and skiing the next. Lake Powell never failed to take my breath away. Whenever I see photos of southern Utah or movies filmed there (Planet of the Apes, 127 hours, Galaxy Quest, John Carter, Lone Ranger — the list goes on and on) I get a little homesick.
After our son was born, my focus shifted and I’d really love to be closer to my family. But if I could transplant them all, I’d relocate everyone to southern Utah. There’s a really positive, healing energy there which I thrived on and I still miss.
Aahhhh. The soft sand and the smell of coconut in your Pina Colada. The rush of waves and the heat of the sun……. sorry I was dreaming.
Funny, as soon as I read sun worshiper, the old Bain de Soleil jingle/commercial started running through my mind. “Bain de Soleil for the San Tropez tan …” I used to love the smell of that stuff!! Sorry about the snow – it’s pouring here right now.
After our intro with the I love a beach with a cocktail and a book, I was baffled when I then read your dream was to live at the Grand Canyon. My first reaction was, “Well, that’s unexpected.” And then I read it again. Caymen is a much better Grand to dream about.
For our first year of marriage, my husband and I were blessed beyond words when his company paid for us to live in Bermuda. We were there for 7 months. If my husband was a team player and thought of someone other than himself, we could have been there for a few years. But no, he didn’t want to be a computer programmer anymore.
If you want awesome beaches, go there. Pink sand and everything.
I lived in Florida for a couple of years when I was in junior high. It was almost magical. Now that they seem to have more hurricanes I’m not sure if I’d want to live there. I do miss the beach terribly though!
We stopped in Grand Cayman on a cruise this past summer – I can certainly understand why this would be your choice. I need my own cabana boy (sigh).
AMEN! Sister! I have been to the Cayman’s and say right on! Get those little cocktail waitresses going, and get that husband running a fishing boat, and you’re good to go!
I want a “straight up” beach vacation too! There have been so many months of gloomy, cold, gray weather that I would give anything for a day in the sun. (And, yes, several uninterrupted hours with my husband with a drink and a novel sounds pretty good too….) A girl can dream.
I miss living and working 20 minutes from the beach! After hubby graduated from marine diesel school, we looked into jobs for him in the US Caribbean. But the economy was so bad down there, we scratched that idea…for now. 😉
Yer hubby could run fishing trips and my hubby could maintain the fleet. 😉
Well, I don’t shovel snow either, we don’t get that here, just rain, and up to now it’s been a dry year, no Niño and no Niña to make our life miserable! They say the Fall will continue to be rather dry. I hate to think of winter, we will probably all drown! That’s why I chose my dream place in Chile’s Norte Chico. There are earthquakes there too, but that’s a fact of life in this lovely country!
My entire life, I’ve wanted to live in Montana. I don’t know where I got the idea, but I just wanted to live in the mountains, with a lot of snow. But the more I hear from my northern blogger friends, I’m thinking I might need to stay where I am. 🙂