What is Your Favorite Beach?


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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:36 pm

>>Sevem Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS
>from
>10/2-10/9.


No kidding. I go there every November for a week.
>Apparently, last year I just missed MJ and TM by a few days at the fitness club
>about a block off that road that I go to to work out at after my run every
>morning. You're playing with fire with the hurricane season this time of year.
>Place cracks me up. They close the schools if they get a hard rain.


Thanks a lot for your help MJD, my trip just got CANCELLED because of that stupid hurricane, and it is ALL YOUR FAULT !!!!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby buckeye II » Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:08 am

Woodford Bay. Island of Dominica. Carribean.

Much the same description as BCBaroo. Most of the island is a rainforest for some fantastic running & hiking. Dominica sprots waterfalls for lounging with varying water temps from cool to warm due to a boiling lake in the peaks in the center of the small island. Wonderful people. They have had a few notable tracksters as well.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Halfmiler2 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:43 pm

Anywhere that they don't allow Beach Volleyball.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Marquis » Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:01 pm

One of the Hotels on the Cayman's 7 Mile Beach was reportedly quite badly damaged in news reports on Monday. Don;t know about the rest though.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:10 pm

The entire island is a mess.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby gh » Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:26 am

I guess my new answer is the one that I'm at now. I could tell you where it was but then I'd have to kill you. This also serves as the new answer for the thread about "best hotel ever."

Mahalo!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:30 am

[start]

In Hawaiian thinking, words have mana [pronounced: mah' nah], meaning spiritual or divine power], and aloha and mahalo are among the most sacred and powerful.

Say them often as they can be life-transforming and -enhancing. Be careful to use them ONLY if you truly feel mahalo or aloha within. Do not exploit these words for personal gain, and neither cheapen, nor trivialize their use by verbalizing them carelessly or without sincerity.

Aloha and mahalo are ineffable, indescribable, and undefinable with words alone; to be understood, they must be experienced. >>

http://www.geocities.com/~olelo/sheltie ... aloha.html

Learned something new today.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:34 am

>>mahalo

means much the same as what good-bye originately meant: God be with you here and forever
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby marathonman » Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:38 pm

Before it was overpopulated, really liked Madeira Beach and the other beaches of Pinellas County in FL. Also really like the east coast south of Daytona Beach, but unfortunately have never been to the beaches of the FL panhandle. Can't forget the beaches of Sarasota/Bradenton.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Tue Sep 21, 2004 1:11 pm

gh seems to take a lot of nice trips.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Silent Running » Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:27 pm

There's a Marriott property above the Crystal Cove State park in Newport ,California. A five minute jog to the park and you have your choice of miles of gently sloping sandy beach to run along, sandwhiched between Laguna (sp) and Newport, or the paved pathways that meander through the natural habitat of the upper foreshore.
The washroom with outdoor showers and water every couple of miles adds a nice touch on those hot California afternoons. Being from up North, it's always funny to see the locals out in their tights and long sleeve tech' gear when it falls below 70 F.
Nice views, great off-shore breezes and you simply cannot beat the eye candy ;-)
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Tue Sep 21, 2004 10:54 pm

I have SLO beaches high up on my list. Pismo, Avila and Shell Beach are simple, small-city CA beach areas. Good surfing... great summer weather (+30C)... one can fish from the piers... ride horseback on the beach (Pismo)... Pismo has a spectacular Monarch Butterfly Grove (apparently one of the best in your country)... Pismo has a great restaurant called Splash Cafe which serves excellent clam chowder in Sourdough bread bowls. Pismo even has Hummer Dune tours.

Morro Bay is just a 40-minute drive from Pismo, and has terrific sea-side shopping and restaurants. Morro Bay is as famous for Morro Rock as it is its beaches. Peregrine falcons have a refuge on the rock. What I enjoy about Morro Bay: Cayaking; cliffed shorelines.

Sycamore Mineral Springs right around the corner at Avila Beach in SLO. Hearst Castle just up Highway 1 to the north, and Solvang (as Danish as one can get outside of Denmark) 40m down south. Santa Barbara is about a 75-minute drive down the coast.

One of the best scenic routes is the 7-mile drive to Montaña de Oro (unpopulated, sandy beaches, and 7,828 acres of hills).

San Francisco 4 hours north; Santa Monica 3 hours south.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby gh » Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:03 am

>gh seems to take a lot of nice trips.>>

Going to interesting places and having nice trips are often mutually exclusive, unfortunately. In Athens I never even came within spitting distance of the Parthenon. This last 10 days, however..... ahhhhh. But then, since it was my first vacation not attached to a track meet--and I shit you not--since 1978(!) I felt like I was owed one. Half the readers of this board probably weren't even born then.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby kuha » Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:10 am

Since 1978?!? Wow! You need to have a serious talk with those slave-driving bosses of yours!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:44 am

>Since 1978?!? Wow! You need to have a serious talk with those slave-driving
>bosses of yours!

He probably has that chat on a regular basis.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby kuha » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:10 am

And yet he still refuses to cut himself any slack...
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:13 am

They have medication for that now.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby black bear » Wed Sep 29, 2004 4:10 pm

I have never been much for swimming, mostly because the water is so damn cold up here. The ocean in winter is about 45 F that is with the air temp in the 20s or less, and even in summer maybe 55 but my favorite beach has to be Sand Beach Acadia National park in the way it looks out onto the Atlantic with the hard granite rocks carved out around it, can't run on it, too small but you can do a pretty good out and back along the coast and on a hot summer day, it is nice to wade in the water and let those tired muscles cool off!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby scorpionking » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:48 am

One of the most unique and pristine beaches in the world...the blue waters and pink sands of Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby ltricard » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:01 am

the one in front of my sliding glass doors (yup, they are still on even after frances and jeanne), cocoa beach/cape canaveral!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Al in NYC » Thu Sep 30, 2004 12:10 pm

Coney. I can get there by subway in 20 mins., and there's something to do there besides sit on the beach (perhaps the most boring activity imaginable to me, besides the fact that I just burn). Plus, if it's too damn hot I can just grab a hot dog or some clams and a beer, and then hop back on the train and get home quick.

Beyond that, I can't imagine travelling just to go spend time on a beach (but do love scenic coastlines like Big Sur or up in Maine or the Amalfi Coast or the Slieve League in my family's native county in Ireland).
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby mike renfro » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:42 pm

Garry, I hadn't thought about the work aspect of going to the meets, as you do. Since '78, I have taken exactly two trips of more than 3 days which did not involve a track meet or two. We try to cram as much travel into the trip as possible (airfare being what it is, we tend to take 3 weeks or a month for all Euro trips. The two "lost" trips? NY for a Met Ring in '95 and NE for the fall trees in '98. Both were fun, but I did miss the track fix. But if I had to seriously prep for the meet, longer hours than the fans, and then write it all up after, I might whimper. Not to mention hand holding for tour members! I'll probalby stick to my style of travel.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby mike renfro » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:46 pm

tafnut, what is the status of panhandle beaches after Ivan? I was pretty sure I was going to Pensacola for T-day, not so sure now. We may relocate to Atlanta. I guess the buildings can be trashed and not affect the beach. In fact, for beach lovers, it might be an upgrade. But don't try that line out on those who lost their houses.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby huh? » Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:41 am

There's a beach in Atlanta?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:27 am

>tafnut, what is the status of panhandle beaches after Ivan?

There was some major erosion as some of the beaches decided to redistribute themselves miles inland. I think Pcola Beach is still virtually impassable.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:25 am

Unfortunately, this ad is actually pretty funny:

http://www.caymannetnews.com/pdf_news/27.jpg

Be closer to this:

http://www.philipnadeau.com/adventure/h ... ivan21.jpg
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:12 am

"Some photographs show property pre-Ivan and may not accurately represent their current condition."
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:33 am

It reminded me of:

"Not exactly as illustrated."
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:34 am

It:s like going into a McDonalds or BK and asking to have a burger like the one shown on tv.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:09 am

Now they have been hit by a earthquake. Is 6.8 high by SF standards?

http://www.caymannetnews.com/pdf_news/19.jpg
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby jhc68 » Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:12 am

We are off soon to check out Vina del Mar and La Serena in Chile. Reports will be filed asap!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:11 pm

What is the equivalent of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" in the disaster world?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Krisco » Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:11 pm

What is your favorite BEACH? Man,you Columbus North guys have WAAAAY too much time on your hands!
I bet AJ's favorite beach is the swimming lake at St Joe St Park..What do YOU guys think?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby twittering debutante » Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:54 pm

>I was thinking more M & the M kind of Echo Beach-although I wonder if it is the
>same thing? If you are standing on it TD, which direction are you looking?

south
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:03 pm

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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby wineturtle » Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:29 pm

With sand ,almost anywhere on the north coast of Maui.While wineturtle was in his "olive drab" period he had the extreme pleasure of snorkeling off a very rocky shore on the Island of You-long-doe(I see its now spelled Ulleongdo back then never saw the name in western characters)in the East Sea off the coast of South Korea. Twice as many fish/animal life in water than even the commercial tourist sites like Lani Hawai'i and the Caribbean,where systematic chumming creates an artifical abundance.Clear,cool water,little wash and diversity.Wish I had more of a chance to explore South Korea when I was stationed there.
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Postby MJD » Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:01 am

Tempting fate-decided to use up the deposit I paid last year just before Ivan hit the Caymans. Think the season will be over in two weeks?
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Postby utkvol80 » Sun Oct 30, 2005 5:04 pm

Cocoa Beach, FL lately, only because I used to do a lot of TDY there on Uncle Sam's dime.
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Postby gh » Sun Oct 30, 2005 5:55 pm

Drinking buddy of mine finally got home yesterday after spending almost a week in a shelter in Cancun. In the tony resort he was at he got stuck in the second row of bungalows from teh beach, which pissed him off to no end, and he made a strong request to managment that they get him into the front row.

The next day, there he was in the front row--but still in the same bungalow. Be careful what you ask for!
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Postby SQUACKEE » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:36 am

whats my favorite beach?

my wife! GOOD NITE! dont forget to tip your waitress. :P
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