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Updated on February 20, 2016
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Tea Pixie writes her way around the world drinking tea, eating scones, & capturing inspirational images. I. Love. Travel. I. Love. Life.

A Romantic Travel Experience

I want to share with you a most romantic travel experience - the story of our secret beach. My husband and I travel on a skinny budget and camp for days. I really love to camp - there is nothing like dinner on a campfire and waking up to the birds singing, but picture this: we find an irresistible tiny motel clinging to ocean cliffs, overhanging a sandy beach. As a treat, we splurge and book a night.

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The Adventure

Settling into our cozy motel with a view of the ocean, we watch the waves crashing on the shore. There are whales, seals, dolphins, pelicans and seagulls enjoying our new-found beach. Drinking a pot of steaming tea, we stare into the horizon until the sky darkens and the stars become our evening fairy lights. It is so lovely to fall asleep knowing those creatures are just beyond our shore.

The next morning, we awake early to the sounds of the seagulls fighting over the morning's catch. With our feet up, we nibble fresh croissants and slurp steaming cups of tea, all the while watching the never-ending inhale and exhale of the waves. And then, we explore. Skipping down the many stairs that take us to the beach we can see headlands jutting out into the sea surf.

Sand Squishes Between Your Toes

Beyond the stairs lays driftwood strewn about, and stacked and propped up to make windbreaks in the powdery white sand. There are already little groups of people gathering behind the windbreaks, setting up their picnics, and children kicking off their shoes. As we continue moving toward the tide, our toes meet packed wet sand where young artists have begun drawing happy faces and sunshine stars with sticks; ocean-side treasures await hands that will brush them off and stuff them into pockets. Feeling bravery awash me, I walk straight into the booming waves. I suck my breath in and race straight back to the shore; the icy water is far too cold. But to my surprise, as I race for the shore I see the tiny town crawling up the hillside behind our motel. Petite houses, which appear to have clung to that hillside for years and years, line skinny one-way roads that are shouldered with blackberry bushes and wild roses. There is so much to explore here.

Hideouts

I love grabbing my family and running to a secret place, away from the regular hubbub of the day. I think there's a reason why kids like to build forts out of pillows and blankets and chairs and it's because they need to get away. Sometimes I just feel like setting up the tent in the living room (yes, I really do it) just so that we can feel like we are in a cozy hide-a-way space. In this age of communication technology, sometimes hiding can be as simple as turning off the telephone. Think about how you hide and give us some insight. Maybe you'll help someone else come up with an idea for retreating from the world.

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Magical Discovery

As the tide recedes we must decide which way to walk on the beach. To the north the headlands bring the beach to an end. To the south, the sand runs on forever. I want to go north and explore that craggy hillside. Atop the headland is another motel, perched perilously on ground that appears to be moving, moving slowly over time, that is. As we get closer to the headland I can see that the hillside is steeper than I thought - there is no way we can scamper up to catch a glimpse of the ocean's expanse from above. I turn toward the shore and see a cave - a cave!

Caves are very strange for me - I'm usually scared to death by them, but always feel this need to go in. Once inside I'm so frightened I have to turn around. I'm thinking of the caves in Lava Beds National Monument, where we attempted to explore one very cool cave and, after we were far enough in to have to use our head lamps, I panicked. Unable to breath, I exited as fast as I could, aiming for the warm air of the outside world. So, going inside this cave could be a challenge - until I realize it isn't a cave but a tunnel.

We travel through that tunnel to a secret beach on the other side. The beach consists of pebbles, shells, beach glass, and large lava outflows. It is a lovely place to fly a kite - there is no one around. We feel like we've found the centre of the earth - that private space where no one can get you. The centre of the earth: there would be no rules, no public/private spaces, no cars, no cell phones, no computers, no tvs. Heavenly. That's how this beach feels.

Dancing Sea Star
Dancing Sea Star

Possession Is 9/10ths Of The Law

We are so enamoured with this little beach that we need more time. There has to be another day here. The tide will come in and bring a whole new set of treasures to be found. This is our beach, no one else can have those treasures. Now, as you read this, you can see how crazy we are. We didn't create that tunnel. It existed before we visited and has been traveled by others and will be traveled by others and the beach is owned by the ocean, not us. But do you know that feeling? It's like having one of those fantastic dreams where you walk down a tunnel to find a door, the door leads into a chamber and the chamber is filled with gems - gems that are owned only by you, the discoverer. That dream for me is owned by me - it doesn't matter if other people have the dream, only I have my version of that dream. This beach represents that room of gems and I really don't want to share. The funny part? We are staying on an expansive beach and we have no desire to walk it's miles. We just want this little beach.

We decide we must stay one more night.

The next morning before leaving for our 12 hour day of driving, we race to the beach and through the tunnel, to find someone else on the Secret Beach. They turn to see us coming and it's written all over their face, "Get OUT - this is my beach!" We stay long enough to gather a few treasures and leave the beach to its first visitors. We understand the feeling, completely.

I can't tell you where this beach is. I've had people with bags of money who pushed me against the wall, wanting to know it's location. I can't give it up, I'm sorry. There really is something to be said for saving special places from being overrun. I am really sorry to have tempted you with this story, but it's one that needed to be told. I go back to that beach every 5 years or so, but I go there more often in my mind. I suggest you find your own secret beach and make it your escape. Sometimes we all need to "get off the grid," even if we're sitting at our computers when we do it.

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Which Kite Would You Fly?

Tell us all which would be your favourite kite to fly on the beach?

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Finding Beach Treasure

Please tell us all what hou have found on the beach so that we can all dream. :)

Have you ever used a metal detector?

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Gold And Precious Metal Detectors For The Beach

No matter how beautiful a beach, I always think of buried treasure, gold, silver, gems!!! I have lost so much jewelry on the beach that I know a person with a metal detector would get rich.

I am a lucky owner of a metal detector. The sand scoop at the end of the list is a must-have for anyone - with or without a metal detector.

Metal detecting on the beach is environmentally friendly - not only do you clean up the beach, the holes you dig are replaced with sand by the ever-changing tides. It's a win-win experience.

A Place To Find A Secret Beach

Here is a fabulous place on the West Coast of Canada where many secret beaches can be found. Beaches are public and you can walk for miles here when the tides are low. This is such a lovely place to visit!

A markerLooking for a Secret Beach? Look no further - you can walk for miles on these beaches when the tide -
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
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Do you dream of a secret beach or a secret place, all your own? Or, do you have a secret place that you visit, that you can describe, that you'd like to share with us? You don't have to give names or locations, just tell us about it. I love secret hide-aways.

Secret Beaches

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @coolaunt: Thank you! I'm glad I could assist. :)

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      coolaunt 4 years ago

      I feel like I just went to a hide-away by reading your lens. Thanks.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: You can always bring the beach into your home - before visiting. Even just little things like shells and blue cover-up blankets in the livingroom are a starter place. I am planning a tidal hallway at the moment. :)

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I really miss living near the beach. I can't wait to take my kids to see the ocean as soon as they are a little older.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Nothing like a small dream. ;) I'll catch a sunbeam with you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dream of owning a sunset...lol. Love to watch the sun set, doesn't matter where its at, but it'll take me to my secret place. :)

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @indigoj: OK. Now I am laughing because of the similarity of our experiences. I have lived near beaches my whole life and my experience is exactly the same as yours. In fact, I aim to be at the beach during the winter because that's when it's quiet. On my local beach women and men show up in the summer to pose in their diamond encrusted bikinis. Hee hee hee - not my style. ;) I really glad you enjoyed the read.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Oh, I know a couple of sort-of secret beaches. If you go at the right time of the day/week, you can have them pretty much all to yourself. Then they feel secret. The magic disappears on summer weekends when the crowds flock to them. By the way, I loved reading this. Thanks so much for sharing your secret beach with us.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you. I appreciate keeping my knees. :)

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Won't drag this one out of you. I, too, know the value of the lesser traveled path :)

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      sybil watson 5 years ago

      I love the way you write - it makes me feel like I'm right there with you. Your secret beach sounds wonderful, and I love looking for treasure and building forts too. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @olmpal: Oh Yes, Olmpal! In fact "Uplifting" is the feeling that beach gives me. But, you know, I was at my local beach yesterday, staring into the deep blue sea, and it gave me the same feeling. And then I got that feeling again when I went into the garden. There are uplifting moments in the commonest of places. I hope you find those spaces and envelop yourself in the feeling. :) I am glad you enjoyed this lens. Thank you for visiting and leaving a message.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Sounds like you had a great experience at your secret beach! An uplifting lens!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @MrMojo01: Thanks, MrMojo01. Perhaps I should have Carly Rae Jepsen music playing in the background.... ;)

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoyed it!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @smaraymond: That's exactly what I do! Glad you enjoyed the read. :)

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      smaraymond 5 years ago

      Sounds divine. Think this will be come my new secret place...I can go there in my thoughts whenever I need a mental vacation.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: I have found that, sometimes, the discovery of a secret world is by accident. The best has happened by getting on a bus to see where it goes and to find that the end of the line is a wonderful shoreline or a quiet bench in a park. I will wish with you for your discovery of a secret place.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I wish I had one...

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @DebMartin: Thank you, DebMartin. You are lucky person with so many wonderful escapes.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I have a secret beach on an island in Lake Michigan. And another one in the North Channel. And another one on Lake Superior. And of course one on my favorite fishing lake. Secret beaches abound and I enjoyed your writing as you took me back to my beaches through your words. d

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I so love beaches. I was entranced by this wonderful story and the pictures.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Erebos411: Well - YIPEEE! I am delighted to read that you lived here. I have only ever visited this town and it's beaches, but I have loved them. A dear friend paddles little kayaks around her fabulous bay. What I truly love is that sandy beaches are not owned by anyone in Canada. People can own the land access, but if you access the sandy beach from anywhere, you can walk as far as the tide will let you. You're not really limited by the tide because you can walk back in the water! It's my pleasure to have ignited such wonderful memories for you.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @AngelDeanSquidoo: Thank you so much, AngelDeanSquidoo! :)

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      Erebos411 5 years ago

      I was so enjoying reading your lens and then I saw that you had a map of Powell River, my hometown. We lived in Westview actually, and when I was a teenager I use to love to escape to the beach not too far from our house. I always went there alone because it was a place to think and dream. I had forgotten all about that until now. Thanks for reminding me about my "secret beach"!

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      AngelDeanSquidoo 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Love this lens.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @montanatravel52: I love Montana. I camped and swam my way across your state last summer and included a magical stay in Valier at the Old Stone School B&B - wow, what a building. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @ClassyGals: Thank you so much for stopping by to read and bless my article.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I love beaches - they are the most relaxing and wonderful places! Thanks for a great tribute. Beaches are hard to find here in Montana, so lakes and rivers, and mountains are our "secret" family places. I have a few lenses on Montana travel and great travel attractions, and even a lens on fishing as a gift idea...

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing your travels. Our secret places include any private ocean front, lake, or creek. Angel Blessings**

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Laraine, it sounds like you are in a Berber hotel tent on the Saharah. It's a way of life that doesn't ever appear to be anxiety ladden, at least in the movies. ;)

      Thank you so much for your blessing. I am honoured.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Yup, you've got the perfect combination for escape: A hide-out AND a book! It sounds lovely. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have an Alice in Wonderland dream that I have every now and then. I am falling, falling and land in a secret room filled with colorful silks and satin. I am so comfortable. There are brilliant jewels spread around the room and choice ornaments. I enjoy discovering what someone has added during my absence. I am never anxious when I awake .. I will be back.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I have a lovely shady sheltered place on my own property where I can hide with a book. Ahhh...

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @aesta1: Now that you say it, I have done the same myself. Sometimes it makes me feel lonely, and sometimes it makes me feel an exhilarating form of invisibility.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just want to be in the big city lost in the crowd with no one knowing me. I can sit in the park and just watch people.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Steph Tietjen: Ooooo - your secret place sounds as if filled with mystique. I am already creating an image in my mind....

      Thanks for the compliment. :)

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Yes, I do. My secret place is a cave that you get to traveling through a lush, mossy green forest. I really enjoyed your Secret Beach. Thanks

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Thank you, LiteraryMind.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very nicely written and interesting.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you so much! I hope it gave you a little respite from the day.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story of the secret beach it sounds like such a lovely experience, love the photos too.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @angeldrops: Mmmmmm, Yes! Easy to fall in love with. ;)

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      Charlotte Green 5 years ago

      that beach looks lovely

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @antoniow: Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, nice job!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much for your help and praise. Invaluable.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Barbie Crafts: Thank you! I hope you have survived too write about your experience.

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      Barbie Crafts 5 years ago from United States

      This was a wonderful lens to read as we sit here in a thunderstorm warning, trees falling, etc...Thank you for the trip!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Nanciajohnson: Your note is giving me incentive to stumble to the beach today. That meditative experience is FREE! I am so happy to share. :)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      For years and maybe decades to escape to the beach (even a secret one) is my favorite way to destress away from the hussle and bussle of the city. I could sit and listen to the waves crashing for hours on end. Thank you for sharing your secret beach with us.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: A Secret Beach with a story! An amazing story. Thank you for giving us a window into that world. And thanks for the praise!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I like secrets, so a secret beach is find with me. When I was in San Francisco I discover a tiny beach... not even all the natives know about it. Its name: is "Chinese beach", it is very small, it gas a stone grotto and long time ago Chinese fisherman came slept 2-3 hours and still in dark go and started fishing... Enjoy your lens

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @kburns421 lm: Thank you for your praise, Kburns42! There are so many secret places in the world and now that you're looking, you're sure to find one soon.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you so much for your Blessing. I appreciate your generosity.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @rallo-smith: ooooo-la-la! Your own secret island - that sounds so dreamy. Thanks for sharing that with us. The thought!!!!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Yes! And some may not care if they have a bathing suit at all.... ;)

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Yes, I dream of being on beach all my own. I wouldn't have to care how old my bathing suit was.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @intermarks: intermarks, when you own that island please give me a call and i'll visit when you need someone to pick the daisies. :)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I wish I could own an island that I can spend time there whenever I want. That will be the best way to hide away.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, you shared your story very well with us. Blessed.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I have a secret island on a lake I visit every few years and totally understand not sharing that place. Enjoyed your lens.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @kristalulabelle: Oh Thank you, Kristalulabelle84! Your book idea is wonderful, but you will see here, that if you can't find a secret beach there are other places to hide-away. Like the bathroom! :)

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Ooooooo - I'd like to be on the Scottish Beaches. What a wonderful idea. Of course, it's not Scottish, but your remark on Scottish beaches makes me think of the movie "Waking Ned Devine" and the fabulous Irish beaches that are profiles. I would LOVE to be in Scotland, stumbling along a wind-swept beach. Sigh.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great descriptions, I felt like I was at your secret beach with you! Now I feel like I need to find my own secret place...thanks for the inspiration!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I love the beaches in Scotland - there are hundreds of secret ones - yours sounds wonderful too.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Feel free to DELETE as this is a Rocket Squid Critique! What a lovely article! I love how you draw the reader in to your story. Your photos are very lovely. Remember to always credit them, even if they are your own. I would like to see you add a few keywords to your Custom Bio (upper right) that ties it to this wonderful article. It helps improve chances of your article being found on the web! Well done. :)

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      Wow, that place sounds phenomenal. Very beautifully written, too! You've made me want to start finding my own beaches.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @lclchors: Thank you so much, IcIchors! I truly appreciate your praise and will tuck it under my pillow tonight. :)

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      this sound absolutely divine. You have such a wonderful story telling style. Great photos too

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much for my first-ever blessing!!!! I am tickled. When you speak of secret alone time in the water it makes me think of camping at the Grand Tetons, outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Awaking early in the morning, we swam in the icy cold lake where our only companion was a big bunny. Our daughter thought we were crazy - but it was a fun, quiet time for us, the calm of the lake, and the towering Tetons. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'd love to have a secret beach - it'd be nice to have somewhere to spend some alone time, or time with a close loved one, just enjoying the water... ahh... thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Sweet Pea! Thank you so much for bringing your secret world to life for us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I too have a secret beach. It exists within an 80 minute drive from my home. This little pocket of paradise has provided me with the most wonderful encounters with whales, seals and eagles. This beach is part of a lovely walk along a forested pathway strewn with lichen that is old as the enormous cedar, fir and arbutus trees. In fact, there is an awe inspiring arbutus grove near the beach. The peacefulness of this place is beyond description and the best part of this beach is...we never encounter other people. We let our imaginations take us back 150 years to a time when this special place truly was not inhabited by anyone but the creatures of the land and sea. sigh. Thanks for allowing me to share my special place with you.