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No Beach Paradises for Me

Actually, Not My Idea of a Fun Trip

Actually, Not My Idea of a Fun Trip

Once again, I find myself in he minority. I live two and a half miles from Santa Monica Beach and about four miles from Venice Beach. If I wanted to go to the beach, I could walk there. The fact of the matter, however, is that beaches are not my idea of fun. The water is full of garbage and strange parasitic bacteria, the sun is usually too hot, and it’s virtually impossible to read there.

Back in the 1980s, I visited a number of beaches in Mexico at Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and Cozumel; and I went with Martine to Cabo San Lucas two years ago this month. I thought they were very nice, but I don’t do the usual things that people do at the beach. If I go into the water at all, it’s to slosh around as I take a short walk. I’m not into swimming, I don’t snorkel or water surf. At Cabo, my sole water activity was a boat ride to see the arch pictured below.

Harbor Cruise to See the Arch at Cabo

Harbor Cruise to See the Arch at Cabo

When I Travel, I’m usually not interested in staying in one place: I like to move around and look around. Instead of brightly colored tropical drinks, I’ll settle for an ice cold beer after a hard day’s touring. The next trip I am planning—to New Mexico with Martin—is far from any beach. But there’s a lot to see, and some good food to be had seasoned with the local hot chiles.

9 thoughts on “No Beach Paradises for Me

  1. gee swimming is great, you take the weight off, weigh much less in water, a bath can do that too but not nearly so much fun

  2. Mazatlan: My brew there is Pacifico Clara
    New Mexico: Albuquerque, Capitan/Lincoln/Roswell, Santa Fe/Taos, Chama, Durango CO. We’ve already been to Mesa Verde and Chaco Cyn.

  3. If you can, go to Chimayo to see the odd, touching chapel/church and eat spectacular chiles that are unique to the town. Seeds of these peppers are available if you fall in love with them, as I did.

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