Brilliant blue water, soft driftwood and thick evergreens are just some of the beautiful accents that line the Pacific Northwest's coastlines. I'll always be a city boy, but after day-cationing at my friend's house outside of Seattle, I'm convinced the beach is my second home.
As I strolled the shore, kayaked the sound and read novels in a treehouse, it felt like I was in paradise. That's not even an embellishment, I read The Fault In Our Stars while dangling over the tide with a canopy of leaves keeping me cool. Summer really brings out the best of the Northwest.
My love for the beach definitely started when I was young. My family took me to the California coast and other Northwest beach towns like Ocean Shores and Lincoln City. The beaches near Los Angeles are my favorite, mostly because they're sun-drenched longer than any Washington shore would be. Alki Beach in Seattle takes a close second, I even wrote a song lyric about it in high school, but that's a story for another day. If you can't get to either of those locals, there's still enough Washington waterfront for all of us. The beach I traveled to this weekend was just one stretch of private property that you can purchase for yourself too.
I promise you I did more than just take seaside selfies, no matter how tempting having a beach photoshoot might have been. My friends and I kayaked at sunset (I'm still in disbelief I did something "outdoorsy" and enjoyed it), caffeinated ourselves at a marina cafe, wound through back country roads, ventured to vistas and dined on fresh crab. Beach life can be pretty exciting, we didn't end up being "beach bums" at all.
Watch this video vignette to have a little virtual vacation of your own.
Coastal living sounds like the way to go when I get older. If George Clooney still has a cabin on Lake Como by the time I become even minutely famous, I'll be happy to be his nautical neighbor. I love the cozy designs of these seaside cottages. A beach is a lot easier to maintain than a yard, actually it doesn't take any maintenance at all.
I can never get over how beautiful a sunset is when it's framed by the ocean and forested peninsulas. It's a stunning setting that will never escape my imagination, all I have to do is close my eyes and I'm there once again.