During my continental hitch-hiking days, there was a sandy bench high above Interstate 80 near Echo, Utah (near UT-WY state line) that was a special spot for me. Fine white sand, a great place to catch up on sleep, read Kerouac, relax.
>Sevem Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS from
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.
OK, so where are the world-wide T&F fans from the French Riviera or the Gold or Sunshine Coasts of Australia to give us your take on this?
Yeah, the beaches of Kauai and Maui are incredible, but my favorite running beach is even more exotic -- Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Utter paradise. And I can run around it in half an hour. And I'm slow.
There's a hidden gem on the west coast of Vancouver Island, south of Tofino and part of Long Beach. Parking lot empty, signs say "No camping on beach", and that keeps away just about everyone. Beach is part of a reserve, and they don't mind you camping, you just have to know about it. Had 100 metres either side of my tent, and the most incredible moonlit privacy. Tide came right up to the tent and halted. Wouldn't have mattered too much, we'd finished all the vodka.
>Like I'd tell anybody! The fewer people the better.
There are great open strands and cliffs at the lake in the forest behind my home that very few people know about. No one asks about them, and certainly, no one tells! One problem this summer was that people from aross the waters began trekking over to our side on their boats, and have discovered what has been a hidden gem for many years.
The beach at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Flat and wide and a perfect setting, about a 600-meters long protected on both sides by huge rocks. Used to be able to walk right down to it but a hard rain washed the steps away -- now requires a long hike through the woods to reach the bottom.
ahhh SB, Cal - lived, trained on beaches to become fast and famous during Ryun, Winzinreid, and decath guys days (Sam Adams et al) - more than a few - aspiring T&F athletes there at the time - many 'on the cusp'. But the beaches were -- outstanding. Oh fast and famous thwarted by multiple stress fractures - dang
Miller Beach, Gary Indiana. Nestled between US Steel and Burns Ditch, the fine glaciated sand (this means rounded, not sharp!) extends from the water up into the the hills of Dunes National lakeshore. Nice waves with a north wind, totally flat with a south wind. Even great in the winter, when the ice piles up into large mounds in the shallow water, and sometimes freezes out a mile or so for the explorers.
I remember seeing Rudy Chapa running there when he was a mere lad, 3 years away from HS greatness with his 2 other sub-9:00 teammates.
Total length from end to end, probably 8 miles of uninterrupted sand (well, you do have to go over 1 boat launch ramp). Just take the South Shore electric train from Chicago to Miller, and head north about 2 miles.
Although it's kind of you all to share your favorite beaches, it would seem to me that the more such information is out there, the more likely it is that they will no longer be anyone's favorite beaches.
Of course, there are many people in the world that probably prefer hordes of people on a beach. Perhaps that is protection from sea creatures.
As I said this summer, Dr Beach (I kid you not), the world's expert on beaches, chooses the 50 best beaches in the WORLD, and Florida Panhandle beaches were TEN (10!) of them. They are clean (beach and water), large, and best of all, largely unpopulated, because there are so many of them! The sand looks like sugar and the water is a crystal clear light green. There's very little seaweed or 'icky' type sea creatures, just sanddollars and little friendly fish. And lots of pretty shells. C'mon over - there's PLENTY of room (I think it's close to 200 miles!)
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>As I said this summer, Dr Beach (I kid you not), the world's expert on beaches,
>chooses the 50 best beaches in the WORLD, and Florida Panhandle beaches were
>TEN (10!) of them. They are clean (beach and water), large, and best of all,
>largely unpopulated, because there are so many of them!
No doubt about it! We call it the "Redneck Riviera". You might wish to stay away from Panama City Beach on the big holidays, though. My wife and I went there on a lark about five years ago on Labor Day weekend. The crowds were thick but that evening we went out to eat and ended up at Taco Bell because the lines were so long. We ended up cruising the strip in our pickup like a bunch of college kids (who were 95% of the crowd). I have never seen so many drunk people in my life.
About 25 years ago, my company had a convention in Gulf Shores, AL. This was back when it was really remote, only a couple of restaurants in town. I did an 8 mile run on the beach, barefoot. Ooooh, did I ever pay the price for that one, as my feet weren't tough enough and I received these little abrasions which hurt pretty badly.