Happiness is: A Day at the Beach

Happiness is: Sitting on a Dock by the Bay...

and watching a magnificent sunset.
and watching a magnificent sunset. | Source

There's a scene in the movie, The Prince of Tides, starring Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand, in which the Nolte character is remembering a single, happy day from his traumatic, difficult childhood. In the scene his mother takes her young children to a dock and tells them that she has a special gift for them to see. The kids are very excited and keep asking her what it is and she tells them to just sit on the dock, look toward the sun and they'll see the gift arrive. They watch the South Carolina sun go down with rapt attention oohing and ah-hing over the beautiful colors streaking across the sky and when the sun finally disappears completely the youngest child, a girl, claps her hands together, tells her mom that was the best present ever and asks her to paint the sky all over again. To that little girl watching the sun go down over the water was pure magic and ecstatic happiness.

I've had my own share of sorrows and rough times but a day spent at the beach has always been joyful, no matter what challenges I was facing.

For the first 5 decades of my life, trips to the beach were treasured, special events that occurred every few years but for the past decade I've been blessed to live close to the bay and ocean and visiting the beach several times a week is one of my life's greatest pleasures.

This hub is a pictorial essay that answers the question, "According to you, what is happiness?" My answer is that happiness is spending a day at the beach and I hope these fun and beautiful photos will show you why I feel that way.

Happiness is: Hang Gliding at Jockey Ridge State Park

While your friend takes photos of your brave adventure.
While your friend takes photos of your brave adventure. | Source

When my son was little and our family was vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC, we took him to Jockey Ridge, the highest natural sand dune on the United States East Coast to watch the sun go down and I was amazed how many other people flocked to that same location all sitting on the dune and watching the sunset as if they were at a drive-in movie theatre. There was something about watching it as part of a crowd that intensified the feelings of awe and joy and I remember thinking that this is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's free. It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

But read on, there are still many other fun and happy things to do at the beach.

Happiness is: Running through a Water Fountain at the Beach

when you're a toddler.
when you're a toddler. | Source

You probably don't remember the first time you ran through a water fountain or sprinkler, but I'm willing to bet that after the initial shock of getting wet you loved it as much as the tiny tot on the left, and were fascinated by how it worked like the little guy on the right.

Happiness is: Wearing a T-Shirt...

That explains why you're giving out free hugs to everyone on the beach.
That explains why you're giving out free hugs to everyone on the beach. | Source

Happiness is: Building a Sculpture...

All by yourself.
All by yourself. | Source

Happiness is Flying Big Kites at Ocean City, MD.

Whether you're the one flying a kite, or looking up at one being flown by someone else, big bright kites like these at Ocean City, MD. are delightful to look at!
Whether you're the one flying a kite, or looking up at one being flown by someone else, big bright kites like these at Ocean City, MD. are delightful to look at! | Source

Happiness is: Waiting for the Waves...

To move your surf board even if you're too close to the shoreline to get any real action.
To move your surfboard even if you're too close to the shoreline to get any real action. | Source

Happiness is: Doing Hand Stands on the Beach...

Even if no one else is watching.
Even if no one else is watching. | Source

Happiness is: Riding Your Bike on the Boardwalk...

Not knowing or caring that your sundress is billowing out behind you like a colorful hot air balloon.
Not knowing or caring that your sundress is billowing out behind you like a colorful hot air balloon. | Source

Happiness is: Running With Your Twin on the Beach...

And not caring which one of you can run the fastest.
And not caring which one of you can run the fastest. | Source

A Few Thoughts About Siblings on the Beach.

Sibling rivalry can be fierce during our growing up years but there's something about the beach that temporarily squelches our competitive natures and doubles our pleasure. Suddenly, we're almost overjoyed to have this special person to spend the day with. Sure we may tease them, but in the end we'll give them a great big hug as seen in the next two pictures.

Happiness is: Burying Your Brother in the Sand...

And chuckling when other people notice that you're changing "he" into a "she" by adding two strategically placed bumps on his chest.
And chuckling when other people notice that you're changing "he" into a "she" by adding two strategically placed bumps on his chest. | Source

Happiness is: Having a Sister Who Knows You're Afraid of Heights...

And trusting that she would never let you fall.
And trusting that she would never let you fall. | Source

Happiness is: Playing Paddle Ball on the Beach With Your Sister After You're all Grown up...

And still looking great in your bikinis.
And still looking great in your bikinis. | Source

A Few Thoughts About Animals on the Beach.

Most pets enjoy the beach as much as their owners do and they sometimes act just like humans while they're there.

Then there are the very strange humans who dress up as animals.

I hope you enjoy the next set of photos which illustrate the point I'm trying to make.

Happiness is: Being a Dog on the Beach...

And using your owner's lounge chair as your personal beach umbrella.
And using your owner's lounge chair as your personal beach umbrella. | Source

Happiness is: Seeing Lady Gaga on the Boardwalk...

In the Halloween Sea Witch Parade.
In the Halloween Sea Witch Parade. | Source

Happiness is: Having a Daddy Who Wears a Cow Costume...

So you won't be the only cow on the beach during the Halloween Sea Witch Parade.
So you won't be the only cow on the beach during the Halloween Sea Witch Parade. | Source

I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial essay about why I think happiness is spending a day at the beach and that you get to visit a beach someday soon.

For those of you who have never had the great pleasure of experiencing sand, surf, sun and sunsets, I hope you will consider adding a trip to the beach to your bucket list. No one should die without seeing the ocean at least once in their lifetime.

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Your great photos are proof enough HBN, Happiness IS a day at the beach, without a doubt!!! Love these cheerful beachy pics where all faces are beaming with fun and laughter. You've sold me!!! Great fun hub, my votes and SHARING!!!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Fennelseed,

So thrilled that you liked the photos and hub!

Thanks for sharing it with others and for the vote up. Your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Here! Here! I TOTALLY agree with you. You beat me hands down with the number of visits to the beach. One day I'll be living in a cold climate once more kicking myself for not having taken more trips to the ocean when I've lived so close!

Loved the photos and the cow pic I think is my favorite! How adorable - you managed to catch the corner of that little face and the eye contact is spot on-no pun intended, haha.

Very uplifting hub this morning and it was well saved as the final contest hub. Voted UP and across. :)


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poisonx3girlx3 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

I grew up on a beach and can relate to this feeling. You're pictures are amazing.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

A day at the beach is a full of nature happiness. Reading along with the lovely photos made me smile. I just feel relaxed! Thank you for the happiness happyboomernurse. You're awesome!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Loved the photo's they reminded of my free days on the beach.

Voted up and awesome.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

Very, very good! Loved it!

You're just FLYING with the photography!!! You're commentary has always been superb, but the photos with it ... wow! What a set-off!

There are either a whole lot of red-heads hanging at the beach these days, or you have a definite affinity for carrot-tops. :) I don't blame you if it's the latter. There's something about red hair and freckle splashes that are way too cute. :)

femme


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What great pictures! There can be no doubt that you love your beach every bit as much as I love the mountains. Wonderful hub and loved a glimpse into your life! I love how much you enjoy your life! The sign of a truly contented person.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I feel like I have bee non vacation. That picture of the toddlers in the water is so sweet. We missed our annual beach trip last year. We will definitely go this summer. I love all your unique and creative photographs and test. thank you.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Happiness is reading another awesome hub from Happyboomernurse. Loved the pictures, and the the feelings being at the beach imparts. Thank you for sharing!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow how totally awesome is this hub. Wow what great pictures too.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I would have to agree with A.A. Zavala - happiness is seeing another hub of yours published because I know it will be loaded with great photos. (The pressure is on, LOL).

Seriously, though, great photos and captions.


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Dr Bill Tollefson 4 years ago from Southwest Florida

Hey!!!!!! Yes happiness is sitting on the dock. Like your HUB article and pictures. Awesome.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is refreshing and full of a robust quest for the joy a day at the seaside can bring. You have brought those wonderful feelings to life, with your exposé and beautiful photographs from your treasure trove of memories.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

This hub brings back many wonderful memories of day trips to the beach. I am so glad you shared it with all of us and included so many beautiful and touching photos too! I am planning to share it on twitter and facebook too!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

Thanks so much for your insightful and lovely comment.

I aree that sometimes it's the beautiful places that are closest to us that we visit the least because there's always that sense we can "see it anytime" and yet, time slips by so quickly or our circumstances change and we may eventually regret not visiting more often when we had the chance to do so.

Got a good chuckle from your unintended pun! That cow dad and son were so cute together.

Thanks for the vote up.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome to HubPages Poisonx3girlx3,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. It must have been wonderful growing up near the beach.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tonipet,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and that it also made you feel relaxed.

I also agree that a day at the beach is filled with nature happiness. To me, it's a "natural high."

Thanks so much for your upbeat, positive feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Writer20,

I'm so glad this hub brought back happy memories of days spent on the beach.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and the vote up.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Gail, Happiness is indeed a Day at the Beach. What a Fun Hub to Read and Enjoy along with such Wonderful Photos. Running through the Surf...Collecting Sea Shells, building a Sandcastle...Who could ask for anything more...as troubles seem to melt away... Thanks for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femme,

I think I'm addicted to your wonderful, insightful comments. They always seem to make me smile and somehow you also point out things I'm not even aware of.

I do love red hair, especially on kids but didn't realize that I'd taken so many photos of the little carrot-tops. How fun that you pointed that out!

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Boomer


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billy,

I saw an answer you gave the other day to the question, "When was the best time of your life?" and I laughed because your answer was almost the exact same thing that popped into my mind which was basically, that you love the life you have right now!

Yeah, we have a lot in common- the love of nature, appreciating what we have now because of difficult times we've lived and learned from. I could go on, but you know what I mean.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for your ongoing support.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

So glad you'll be spending time at the beach with your family this year. You went through so much last year and really deserve a wonderful visit to the beach with loved ones.

Thanks for the specific feedback. Those toddlers were adorable and I watched them playing in that water for about 5 minutes because their joy was infectious, especially the little girl.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Acaetnna,

I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Thanks so much for leaving specific feedback and for your confidence in my photography skills. I got a good chuckle about the pressure being on!

Hope you have a great weekend.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dr. Bill,

Am thrilled you liked the hub and photos! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mike,

Oh what a poetic and lovely comment. It filled my heart with joy to read your kind words and feedback.

I'm so happy you enjoyed it and thank you for your ongoing support. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Starstream,

I'm so glad it brought back happy memories for you and that you enjoyed the photos.

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment and for sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. I really appreciate it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b.Malin,

Yes, the beach is nourishing to our souls isn't it? And we're both so blessed to live close to the ocean and bay aren't we?

Every day I spend on the beach feels fresh and new to me.

Thanks for leaving such a great comment.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Aw Gail you've captured so well all that makes the beach, the ocean, as enjoyable and delightful as they are. Is there anything that beats making a sandcastle as a kid or frolicking in the waves at almost any age. Wonderful hub you've done here that leaves one feelin' good. Lets go shag dancing tonight my friend!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

Your comment made me smile and chuckle, especially the last line!

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and thanks so much for your specific feedback. It means a lot to me.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Gail, your hub has the 'feel good' factor, these photos are fabulous - happiness is indeed a day at the beach and I've enjoyed my visit, thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lesley,

Thanks so much for your feedback and I'm thrilled that viewing the hub made you feel good. I also greatly appreciated the vote up and your ongoing support.

Hope you're having a great weekend.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Gail hunnie, you are a girl from my own heart. Although I prefer the mountains and lakes, I still enjoy a day at the beach. I love paddling in the water and the chilled feeling of shall I or shan't I head for that Ocean wave? I love to feel the sand shift under my feet and pretend that I can pick up pebbles with my toes. Such a sense of freedom and danger too. Another great hub my friend. Net:) xx


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Annette,

I loved your comment- it made me feel the sand between my toes and the chill of the ocean.

I lived in the Hudson Valley River area of New York State for almost 30 years before moving near the ocean. It was stunningly beautiful and had mountains, rivers and lakes which I had the great pleasure of enjoying. Hubby and I usually try to return at least once each fall when the leaves are at peak color and the mountain views are simply spectacular.

As long as I'm in nature I generally feel happy and peaceful but the ocean has a special allure for me in that it's always felt like "home." Can't explain it, but that's just the way it is.

Thanks so much for stopping by and your ongoing support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I loved your pictures you posted! It reminded me of those times as a child when I went to the beach to dig up clams. It only happened twice in my life, but was well worth it. Someday, I would like to go back. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


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epigramman 4 years ago

actually happiness is arriving here and enjoying your hubs, not as often as I should or could but I am always here to say a most sincere thank you for supporting me and I am sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:59pm I have been very busy at my new FB group LET'S JUST TALK MUSIC OR CINEMA as you probably know - love the pictures here and the storyline - I know all about beaches as I live just 100 feet or so away from one .....lucky me and from the looks of this hub labor of love - lucky you


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Gail, first of all, your pictures are amazingly beautiful! You have caught so much life and joy with your camera. I have been scrolling up and down, just to watch these photos again and again. They make me happy!

I'm blessed to live right by the sea, both in Sweden and Greece. The ocean brings me so much peace and is very soothing for my soul. I don't think I can live without my beautiful beach here in Greece. It is the best medicine for me. It heals and helps my inner strength to continue and move forward.

Sharing this happy hub and voted up.

Hugs from Greece!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Gail, oh my.... I was in love with this hub from the first picture on. How absolutely beautiful that sunset is! Later, I was chuckling and smiling a lot at the different reasons you gave for being happy at the beach. Many are so cute and clever.

Thanks for sharing this very happy and fun hub! Voted up and across the board! I am including more people in my own photography on occasion as it seems fitting or ok, lately. Part of that is due to your photos that I have so enjoyed! So thank you again for sharing. I agree with all you said. The ocean is part of me and I miss it very much and go back whenever I can.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tlpoague,

I'm so glad it brought back happy childhood memories.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment and for your ongoing support. It means a lot to me.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Epigramman,

Thanks so much for visiting this hub and gracing it with such a beautiful comment.

Yes, we are lucky and you especially so. I have to ride a bike or car to reach the beach but it seems you can simply step outside your door. Now that's really cool!

Thanks so much for the warm wishes and good energy, I can feel them wash over me like a warm wave in the middle of summer.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sannel,

Thanks so much for leaving such a beautiful comment. It seems we share a love of the ocean. I have never traveled abroad but have seen many pictures of Greece and the beaches there which always look stunning.

Thank you for sharing this hub and voting it up. Your support is greatly appreciated and I'm so glad you stopped by.

Sending Hub Hugs Across the Miles,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Oceansnsunsets,

Am thrilled you enjoyed the photos and flattered that part of the reason you've been including people in some of your photos is because some of mine inspired you to do so.

We share such a love of the ocean and nature and I always enjoy visiting your hubs and come away feeling peaceful and happy.

Sending You Hub Hugs Across the Miles


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

I grew up near the beach and in the summer it was my home away from home. Awesome hub and with the pictures just goes to show you that being there all the little tiffs and by gones are actually just that, gone. They are gone even if it's just a few hours. Voted all the ups and have a great weekend/holiday.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Charlu,

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. How wonderful that you grew up near the beach and have fond memories of your childhood.

I appreciate the vote up and hope you also have a wonderful holiday and weekend.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

A day at the beach does it for me. Something wonderfully relaxing about a big body of water to melt cares away. Lovely article. Color me happy!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

There's just nothing as soothing to me as spending time at the beach. My 8 yrs living in Hawaii and the amazing beaches there hold so many beautiful memories. And this spectacular hub brought them all back.

I remember the movie "The Prince of Tides" and the scene you described. Beautiful. I'm so glad you wrote about it and the photo is gorgeous.

How I love your "Happiness Is..." along with the fantastic photos. Your message is strong and powerful.

And how fortunate you were as a child to visit the beach with your family.

Thank you dear Gail for sharing this and for adding so much joy to my life.

Voting up and completely across and sharing too.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi BobbiRant,

I'm thrilled this hub colored you happy! Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for all your support. It's greatly appreciated.

Sending Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vocalcoach,

Your lovely comment made my heart sing. I'm so happy that this hub brought back happy memories for you of time spent in Hawaii.

Thanks for the vote up and for sharing this with others. Your friendship, support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Sending Hub Hugs,

Gail


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

HBN, what a great inspirational hub my dear. I went to the beach when I was 5 and I haven't been back since. It has now been nearly 25 years ago and I want to go back so bad. I enjoyed the beautiful photos and a great job as always:)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

So glad you enjoyed it and hope you make it back to the beach soon. Since you were so little when you saw the beach it would be really interesting to see your response to it now that you're an adult.

Thanks for leaving a comment and your ongoing support. It's greatly appreciated.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Happiness is reading this hub!!!

Wonderful and I didn't even have to move from here.

'Up up and away' here and everyone enjoying the sea and the sand is a tonic for everyone.

A great day out with little ones enjoying.

I loved it !!!

Take care and enjoy today also..

Eddy


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed your armchair visit to the sea. It seems that we both find peace and joy in nature and especially by rivers and oceans.

Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated as is your friendship.

Sending hub hugs and love,

Gail


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Happy, this is such a refreshing hub. The photos are beautiful . It is so amazing the way and where do we find happiness…the small details, eh. Thanks for sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi AnnaCia,

So glad you enjoyed it. Yes, often happiness is in noticing the small things.

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

This hub was so refreshing and relaxing, thank you!

Your photography is funny and joyful, so alive and happy... the memories of a wonderful movie were awesome to reflect on as well in "The Prince of Tides".

Voted UP and across the board...lovely! Hugs, mar.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mar,

Thanks for the specific and lovely feedback. It's always good to know the effect a hub has on readers and I really appreciate the vote up and the time you take in writing your comments.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way,

Gail

BTW: I love your blog and am excited about the Kylie series.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country. I don't see beaches here, but I was thrilled to see the sea when I was in India.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

I didn't realize Nepal was landlocked, but I'm glad that you were able to experience the thrill of the sea in India.

Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment. I think the ocean is one thing that unites people no matter where they come from as it seems to be universally awe inspiring.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Beautiful time-lapse information in fantastic pictures, and words! Really enjoyed the trip with you...makes me want to go again...it's been a lon-ng time! Thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Frogyfish,

So glad that you enjoyed your cyber visit to the beach. Hope you do get to a real beach in the near future.

Thanks for the kind words. They're greatly appreciated.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a treat this hub was Gail. I feel better after spending time on the beach with you and your great photo's. I started giggling when I saw the sister and brother laughing because of the bumps she put on her brother. I hit many buttons. Thx for the uplifting photo hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Linda,

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Yeah, that sister really cracked me up cause she was so happy someone had noticed!

Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Not sure how I missed this one before. I love the seaside. No, I LOVE it. Heaven, bliss, peace, joy - just a few of the words that come to mind. There is something about a vast blue ocean that just fills me with stillness, or makes me aware of stillness within. Just thinking about it now is making me feel happy!

Oh, and that first photo is just so so utterly stunning!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

Seems like we share the same love of the sea.

Thanks so much for the specific feedback and I'm thrilled that this hub brought you momentary joy.

Sending Hub Love & Hugs Across the Ocean,

Gail


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Gail ~ My latest hub ( will be published in about an hour - "How do you feel when comments are not replied to" has a link to your profile. Thanks for being just the example I needed for my hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vocalcoach,

I'll be on the look-out for that hub and knowing your writing style and finesse, I'm sure it will be extremely well done and that I'll feel honored to be in it.

Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Wonderfully scribed piece, just as each human is born with a different face SO also do ?? find happiness in different, small and strange ways. Happiness is an independent version of every human. Good job!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ubanichijioke,

So glad you enjoyed the article and I appreciate your observation and philosophy about happiness. It truly is different for every person and I believe the most important thing is to find what makes yourself happy and spend time doing whatever that is regardless of what anyone else thinks.

Hope you are finding time to do the things that make you happy.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Absolutely beautiful, creative and entertaining = = = = = = happyboomernurse hubs!!!

I hope to be "sitting by the dock of the bay" at some point again, but for now, I will have to settle for Lake Erie. Great work Gail!!!

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Aw Sharyn, your comments always make me smile. Thanks so much for the lovely feedback.

I've never traveled to any of the Great Lakes but the photos I've seen of them look beautiful and I'd love to visit them someday.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love your way and hope you're enjoying spring,

Gail


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Great hub! Great pictures! Just very well done. Thanks for putting this together and sharing your imagination and creativity. Rate up and more.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Toknowinfo,

I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thank you so much for the feedback and vote up.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi happyboomernurse,

Happiness is a state of mind and your mind sure is at peace to have enjoyed so many pleasures of life and pix them. LOVED each pix of yours. The sunset pix at the top is just out of the world.

Being at the beach with no wires to help us stay connected is BLISS and time to liberate and enjoy yourself.

voted up and sharing it across!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ruchira,

Thanks so much for your insightful comment, the vote up and for sharing. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Yes, time at the beach does give me a natural, connected, blissful high and I feel blessed that I live close enough to go there often and am so happy to be able to share some of that experience on Hub Pages.


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qlcoach 4 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Thanks for the trip to the beach. My wife and I live close to the Oregon coast. We love the hypnotic roar of the surf. Just returned from a cruise to Hawaii. Aloha! Your friend, Gary.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

This is a happiness hub for sure! Just looking at the many fabulous photos would bring a smile to most people's faces as it did mine right now. Thanks for this treasure! Up votes plus SHARED.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Aloha Gary,

Glad you enjoyed the hub and am happy to hear that you and your wife recently enjoyed a cruise to Hawaii.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad this brought a smile to your face and thank you for the kind words, vote up and for sharing.

I really appreciate your support.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Gail, if this doesn't put a smile on your readers faces then nothing will. Made my day. Really enjoyed the photos and your captions, you hit the nail on the head with this one. Voted up, shared and everything thing else...


susanm23b 4 years ago

This is such a fun and cheerful, feel-good hub! I love your great photos! I have been fortunate to visit many beaches as a child and as an adult. I agree with you--it is a definite "must go" destination for everyone. I have especially enjoyed beach trips with my children--although my twins (at a year and half)screamed at first when they heard the waves. The sound really bothered them. After they saw how much fun it was, they really loved it. Voted up!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Bdegiulio,

So thrilled you liked it enough to share and recommend to others and thank you for the lovely comment and feedback. It's greatly appreciated and brought a big smile to my face today.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi HBN! I just watched Prince of Tides recently and it was just as great as the first time! The scene you mentioned was still amazing! It's the simple things in life that make us the happiest. It's something about water and sunshine that puts life into perspective. Fab pictures and hub!:)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunshine,

I totally agree that it's the simple things in life that bring the most happiness. Thanks so much for leaving such a beautiful, uplifting comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Susanm23b,

Am so glad you've been able to visit the beach many times and have good memories of your trips.

My son was also leary of the ocean when he first experienced the roar but quickly got over it. I still remember with great joy his initial steps in the sand when he was a small toddler. He waddled for a moment, then ran around in circles with a look of absolute ecstacy on his face!

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up.

Also, please accept my apology for answering this out of sequence. I just realized that I scrolled down too far when I left a response for Sunshine.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Amazing pics.... must have been tough clicking such detailing pictures amid enjoying so much!

Indeed... we are all compelled to believe that happiness is irresistible at the beach!

Great hub


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rahul,

Am so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. Thanks so much for the specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

The beach is just a little piece of heaven! I try to get there at least once a year. Some of my favorite are in South Carolina. I love all aspects of the beach, even watching a summer storm come in. The lightening display can be beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful beach scenes.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cyndi,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. I agree that South Carolina has fabulous beaches and I love Hilton Head Island.

The storms can roll in quickly, but you're right, the lightening displays can be beautiful as long as you're watching from inside a safe shelter.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment. I can tell from your profile pic that you're a beach and lowcountry lover.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Such beautiful pictures... loved them, especially the very first one of the sunset and then the story you told to go with it. My husband grew up in California, so naturally, the beach was always part of his life. Being from Wisconsin, the first time I got to go to go to the beach was during a High School Band Trip to Florida. Now, I live in California. My favorite thing about the beach is walking the boardwalk and getting a Cheese on a Stick. Otherwise, there is also Charlie's Chili... one of our favorite restuarants! Great hub!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and glad that you now get to go to the beach often. I've never been to the West Coast Beaches but hear they're awesome.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and sharing your personal experiences. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

All wonderful things to enjoy at the beach indeed. Those are some great pictures, I gave them and the presentation a vote up and beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dmop,

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I saw many fun activities at that beach. All of them gave happiness. I love all the pictures here. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and awesome :-)

Prasetio


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Prasetio,

Glad this hub gave you a few moments of happiness.

Thanks so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Happiness IS a day at the beach! :) Ever since I can remember, I've believed that I NEED to get a fix of ocean air and sea water in order to stay happy and healthy (of mind).

I love your hub and smiled all the way through it as I went from one photograph to the next depicting happy people on the beach. Your lead picture of the sunset is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. It just makes me want to sit on the sand with my brushes and paints!

I don't know how I missed this earlier, but you definitely have my up votes now!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

I've always felt the exact same way.

The sunset shot was taken this past winter in Hilton Head Island. I think winter scenes often turn out sharper and clearer.

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and thank you for the votes up.


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iefox5 4 years ago

WOW, beautiful scenery and cute kids. Go to a beach when you are unhappy or frustrated would release all the negative emotions.


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point2make 4 years ago

Happiness is also a day at the beach with your metal detector. Loved the photos.......and love the beach!!! Voted this hub up!!


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Einy51 4 years ago from Gampaha,Srilanka

Wow.. Beautiful scene !


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Einy51,

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Iefox5,

Yes, I find the beach a great tension reliever and when I look at the smiling faces on the children my heart fills with joy.

Thanks for leaving an insightful comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Point2make,

I've never used a metal detector on the beach but have seen people find things with it and it does look like fun and good exercise.

Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I think you might need to change your name to happyboomerphotographer. You take amazing pictures that always make me feel like I'm standing right beside you soaking in whatever experience you are capturing. I really like the sundress/bike photo and truly wish I was relaxing on that beach right now!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ktrapp,

Your comment made me smile! Thanks so much for your kind words and the clever new name. So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

The girl in the sundress riding a bike was so excited to be riding toward the beach and I was glad I captured some of her enthusiasm. Hilton Head Island has miles of hard packed sand and bike riding directly on the beach is easy, exhilerating and fun for people of all ages!


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laadhy 4 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

Nice photos


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Laadhy,

Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Some of my favorite trips were to the beach! There's something about the ocean that makes me happy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You are so right, happiness is a day at the beach. All the worries and cares left at home for the day and absolutely everyone laughing and enjoying life.

Your photos are just fantastic especially the sunset, that is awesome.

Thank you for sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vespawoolf,

My sentiments exactly!

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the photos and hub.

I agree that the beach helps people leave worries and cares behind.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and for your friendship and support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! What fantastic photos. I use to live at the beach and my mother still does. I am going soon. Your words were very touching.Voted up and shared!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rebeccamealey,

So glad that you liked the photos and hub. Hope you have a great time at the beach when you visit your mother.

Thanks for the vote up and for the share. It's greatly appreciated.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Voted up on all scales, and yes I love being at the beach, actually me and my lovely wife just went to one at Long Beach, New York recently with a work friend of hers, and I will create a hub soon about it all.

I loved your images here and especially the one with the two sisters standing on the log there u in the air, lovely photo's. Yes indeed this all spells happiness, and love as well, and more of this needs to be spread around the globe so more people can focus on such things, but its tough when people have no money or no means to think of being happy though, it cost where I live to go to the beach pretty much and the economy is still rough for most city folks out here in New York.

So I'll keep praying for the countless less fortunate families who haven't the privilege to afford such a luxury today, but on the note you've posted here I love the Happiness concept entirely.

Voted up on all levels and out for sure.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi CloudExplorer,

So happy to see you here. (smile)

Glad you recently had a great day at Long Beach, NY, with your lovely wife and I look forward to reading a hub about it.

Unfortunately, your point about many people not being able to afford a day at the beach in these tough economic times is true for far too many families and individuals, not just in New York but all across the country. I too, pray that things will improve for those who are struggling and fearful of where their next meal or shelter is coming from.

That said, one of the things I'm grateful for in our country is the fact that we have so many city and rural parks and free public libraries. Sadly, some parks, especially in our inner cities, have become unsafe and some libraries are struggling to stay afloat.

I appreciate your thoughtful comment and the vote up.


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retired06 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

Thanks for sharing the happy memories. Loved it. I live very near the Pacific Ocean so often visit the beach and it is always an awesome experience.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Retiredo6,

Glad you live near a beach and find joy there, too.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Your photos are gorgeous, and convey your emotions well.

We live by the English Channel. Our beach is stones, not sand. It is often wet, windy and cold. All the same, we consider ourselves very blessed to live here.

We love walking along the beach in winter, when it is empty and the wind is blowing (especially if we are properlydressed for the weather.) It is lovely to see families having fun in the summer.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi 2patricias,

Thanks for leaving such an interesting comment about the English Channel.

When I was younger I only liked the beach during sunny warm weather, but now I appreciate it just as much on rainy or even cold days which, as you say, are less crowded. Inclement weather also changes the entire mood of the beach:

Gentle rain on a warm day is relaxing and refreshing.

Cooler days are invigorating.

Cold days work up an appetite.

So glad you enjoyed your cyber visit to my side of the Atlantic Ocean.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful-beautiful pictures. And so very true, on the beach all siblings and actually everybody just bury the hatchets ~ maybe because of the overpowering beauty of the sea?

Happyboomernurse, I am way too late for the party, but this is the wonder of Cyberspace. Time is totally irrelevant. I've enjoyed this hub just as much as I would have enjoyed it the moment you have posted it...

Voted up and delightful :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your hub and photos sure make the beach look fun. This is one of my favorite things to do. I could be a beach bum. Great hub! Sharing!


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emilybee 4 years ago

Your photos are beautiful!!! I agree, happiness is a day at the beach and my favorite part of summertime. Very nicely compiled hub :)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

voted up beautiful and awesome! Living in South Florida my entire life, there's nothing more relaxing and fun than spending a day at the beach. This is happiness for sure!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Martie,

Yes, fortunately time is irrelevent in cyberspace and I'm thrilled you enjoyed this hub now and left such a lovely comment.

Your feedback means a lot to me.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tammy,

I think I'm dangerously close to being a beach bum in my retirement sometimes. (smile)

So glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for sharing.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Emilybee,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving a comment.

Hope you get to spend fun days at the beach this summer.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lovedoctor,

How wonderful that you have always lived near some of the finest beaches in the world and have created many special memories.

Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very refreshing Hub

The beach has a big effect on people. Kind of spiritual. It's a place people feel happy, can reflect on life, can let out feelings, can get some inspiration, can even heal gradually - letting negative feelings go.

I'm glad you enjoy your time there. Thanks for sharing the lovely photo's. Everyone's having a beautiful time. I wonder how long those 2 girls stood together on that pole. lol.... and I will look out for that scene in the Prince of Tides.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lady E,

I was thrilled to read your insightful, lovely comment. I so agree with everything you said about the beach. It is one of the best stress relievers that I know of but more than that, it elicits pure, childlike joy!

The girls stood together just long enough for a photo op! LOL Parents had to lift them up there. The younger one was indeed scared until her sister, who was there first, embraced her in a wonderful warm hug which I think the photo captured quite well.

Thanks so much for your specific feedback which is greatly appreciated.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I have commented once but want to come back to let you know that I am posting this great gem on our FB page :-

http://www.facebook.com/#!/EveryoneHasADream

and also on my page :-

http://www.facebook.com/#!/EddyAnnieInspire

Thank you for sharing and here's to so many more by you .

Great work and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Wow, Eddy, thanks so much for sharing this on both of your facebook pages. I'll be swinging by later to check them out.

Thanks for getting my day off to a great start with your lovely comment and generous actions.

Hub Hugs Across the Miles,

Gail


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Gail, I love the beach, the sea and the whole atmosphere there. Your pictures are awesome. I really enjoyed them and made me feel as if I was there right now enjoying the views.

I always enjoyed collecting shells, making sculptures, standing in the water and feeling the sand move beneath my feet as the waves receded taking some of it along.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome. Shared this hub too.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rajan Jolly,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your cyber-visit to some of America's Eastern Sea Coast beaches.

Thanks for posting a lovely comment. Sounds like you enjoy the beach as much as I do and I love your description of why you love it.

Thanks also, for the specific feedback, the vote up and the share.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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georgescifo 4 years ago from India

This is an amazing hub post. For me happiness is indeed a day at the beach with my friends or family!!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

I totally agree that the beach is a great place to be with friends and family.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Am glad you enjoyed the hub.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....I am incredibly fortunate to live only 100 feet or so from my beach and lake of Erie and right now because the tide is low the beach looks like a football field and I walk there everyday with my deaf cat on his leash but I take the leash off him and let the 'man' walk free - which he loves - often when I walk around the bay of the lake - I call them my writer's walks - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:29pm what is your weather like? Here, we've had snow and cold but it's sunny today, dry and no wind


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Epi,

Thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment, filled with poetic prose that was so descriptive, I felt like I, too, was walking on the beach.

I go to the beach often, but have to drive there (though I'm still blessed because it's only 6 miles to Delaware Bay and 20 miles to the ocean).

It's 12:47 pm in Delaware and the weather is cold and wet, but not enough to snow. The weatherman had predicted it would turn cold, so I spent yesterday afternoon at the beach when it was sunny and 58 degrees - just right for a beautiful walk.

Thanks for your warm wishes and good energy. I could feel my spirit rise just reading your comment.

Sending Hub Hugs,

Gail


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

The beach is one of my favorite places on earth. I don't get to visit nearly as often as I would like, but when I do, I know the memories will last a lifetime. We were in Gulf Shores a few weeks ago and my two daughters buried their older brother in the sand . . . and they are 14, 17, and 19! That kind of fun never gets old. I hope we get to visit beaches more often as our family grows and we create more memories for the next generation. Thank you for the thoughts and photos.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tina,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. Sounds like you and your family love the beach as much as I do.

Aside from the sunset photo, the photo of the sister burying her brother was my favorite cause they were having so much fun. Glad your teens are playful like that and thanks for sharing it with us in your lovely comment.

Hope you have many more wonderful trips to beaches in different locations.


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DIYmommy 3 years ago

After reading your hub, there's no doubt that the beach is a somewhat breathtaking respite from the daily grind. Though I have taken a break from working since having my first (a boy!) 2 months ago, my days working as a nurse made me long--pretty much daily--to escape to a beach. My aunt and uncle own a beach house, in Myrtle Beach, and my husband and I try to visit at least once a year. The last time we have been able to go, however, was over a year ago just before he deployed to Kuwait with the U.S. Army. I'm looking forward to going again VERY soon! :)


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi DIYmommy,

Thanks for leaving such a heartfelt and insightful comment.

Sounds like you have your hands full with caring for your young family and your husband's deployment to Kuwait. I hope you will all be together again soon and able to spend some time in Myrtle Beach in a much needed and earned vacation!

I, too, used to long for the respite of a beach vacation during my years of working as a nurse. Settled for walks in parks during my lunch breaks or after work which did indeed help relieve some of the stress that builds up daily while working in the health care field.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

A wonderful hub, great pictures and I couldn't agree more about the beach! Voted and pinned!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mike Robbers,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and pictures and thank you for the vote up and pinning. It's greatly appreciated.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Gail ~

This is an outstanding, fun and beautiful hub. The photos are just amazing and bring back so many great memories of growing up near the beach.

Love your captions included in each photo and who can forget the stunning sunset alive with breath taking colors featured in " The Prince of Tides."

I voted up and completely across ( which I rarely do ) and will pin and share. This is just an amazing presentation. Thank you for taking me back to such a wonderful time in my life and visits to the beach. Hugs ~ Audrey


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Reading your hub was a nice little break in the day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the great pictures. Voted up and beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

What a joy to see such a lovely comment from you! So thrilled that this hub rekindled wonderful memories.

Thanks so much for the specific feedback, vote up, share and pin. Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated.

Sending you a Bouquet of Hub Hugs and Love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Gail Meyers,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for taking time to leave a comment. I appreciate the vote up and feedback.


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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

The only real vacations are beach vacations. Relaxing, no agenda, no schedule, sunny or cloudy, at the ocean east coast west coast, caribbean, Europe or Australia...great hub it is relaxing to read!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi FSlovenec,

I totally agree!

So glad that you enjoyed this hub and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. Your feedback is appreciated.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

HBN, it's been so long since I've dropped in, so I wanted to revisit and catch up with you. I hope all is well Gail. As soon as I drop by your page, I'm reminded of the many places that you've made me want to visit! It's funny, sibling rivalries describe my two young ones perfectly. I don't know if it's their age(7-4) or the fact that I have a boy and girl. Words of wisdom for sure. I do know one thing, girls are much harder to raise then boys:) Best wishes always


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

So glad to see such a lovely comment from you and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the hub. I haven't been on Hubpages much lately, but all is well with me and my family.

Don't know if boys are easier to raise as I only had one child, a son, but do know a lot about sibling rivalry from my growing up years as I was the middle child of three. Had no rivalry with my brother but definitely experienced it with my sister, though we get along great now.

Enjoy your kids while they're young. It's a cliché, but they really do grow up so fast and you miss those naturally boistrous times of early childhood once they're grown and living on their own.

Hub Hugs and Best Wishes,

Gail


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

So beautiful! It's been way too long since I've been to the beach. I remember once trying to teach a friend how to bodysurf. He said, 'just tell me how to do it, don't make it sound like religion.' But I feel connected to God in the surf, and on the beach. It is the perfect place. Your pictures are awesome. Love those red headed kids! (Had two myself)


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dolores,

So good to see you here. I was thinking about you the other day when I saw a sign that said the Prime Hook Wildlife Preserve is closed due to the government being shut down. I know you enjoy watching the wildlife as much as I do during the migratory seasons.

Also know exactly what you mean about feeling connected to God when you're in the surf, but as your friend's reaction illustrates, not everyone feels that connection.

Glad you liked the pictures. I agree that red headed kids are beautiful, especially when the sun is shining down on them.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

Hugs,

Gail


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

We can surely do a lot of things to make us happy. But among all the things you have said, I love watching the sun go down... the sunset near the beach. There is something wonderful about each sunset as it tells us that it is the end of another day. A great time for me to reflect what have I done and accomplish for that day. Its also a great time for me to take the pictures of the sitting sun... Great hub and up for this one!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear JPSO,

Yes, sunsets at the beach are truly magical and a great time to reflect on the day.

Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for taking time to leave an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I really enjoyed looking at all these magnificent beach pictures as I sit here in cold Minnesota. It's snowing here and very bitter cold out. It sounds like you are so connected to the ocean and nature. Was that you sky gliding? Very cool if it was. I have never done that but will put it on my bucket list. Thanks for letting me visit the beach today Gail. It was a nice change of scenery. Happy New Year :-)


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Linda,

Your intuition is absolutely correct-- I always feel most calm and joyful when I'm in nature-- most especially at a beach.

It was cold in Delaware today, though by your standards the 46 degree temp we had might seem relatively warm. Some days it does get too cold and blustery to walk on the Delaware beaches, but in general, I just bundle up and still go there a few times a week cause it gives me such a lift.

We shall be heading to Hilton Head Island, SC, soon where it is much warmer this time of year.

The person in the glider is a dear friend and the only one in a group of friends who took to the sky! I thought that was an awesome thing to do, but I'm not that brave! I have tried parasailing a few times which is fun and feels more secure because you remain tethered to a boat at all times and they reel you gently onto the boat's deck when the ride is over.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

Hope you, Laura, and the kids are having a wonderful New Year's Eve, and that 2014 will be your best year ever.

Love & Hugs,

Gail


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These great photos truly brought a smile to my face this morning and some wonderful memories from vacations past.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Peg,

So glad the photos and hub brought back wonderful beach memories for you.

Thanks for putting a smile on my own face when I read your lovely comment.

Hugs,

Gail


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CrisSp 15 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

OMG! What an awesome hub! Great pictures. Thank you for the most enjoyable day at the beach. Can't beat that!. :)


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Happyboomernurse 15 months ago from South Carolina Author

Dear CrisSp,

Glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thanks for your feedback.

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