Beach Bums – A Day at the Beach
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This summer has been the hottest I can ever remember in Southwestern Ontario. With multiple days at a time over 40 Celsius (that’s 104 Fahrenheit) we are getting plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sun. This past weekend’s forecast was as hot and humid as ever, so we decided to take advantage of a relaxing day at the beach.
While a trip to the ocean can only be taken advantage of on a week’s vacation, we are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by literally thousands of lakes, and as a result we can enjoy a day at the beach for only a few hours drive. For our beach date we headed north (ironically) to Wasaga Beach.
One of my favourite things about a day at the beach is that the only goal of the day is to keep cool and have fun. Whether it’s playing beach volleyball, swimming in the lake (or ocean), building a sand castle, people watching or just walking along the water (my favourite!), spending time in the sand and sun is a perfect distraction from your worries.
After dealing with parking – a nightmare on a busy Saturday – we spent some time walking around before cooling off in the lake and then heading to a patio for some appetizers and cold drinks. They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but it seems that everything moves slower at the beach. It’s great to sit there and debate whether you should go swimming or just get another Sangria. As we walked back along the strip we stopped in some of the shops for quick look and then headed home for an evening BBQ.
Our day at the beach was a relaxing change from our suburban life and a great way to spend a Saturday!
- Wear lots of suntan lotion and keep reapplying – it’s a long day! This is especially true on overcast days – even though you can’t necessarily see the sun, it’s still there!
- Arrive early – unless you know of a secluded area, beaches can get very busy on hot days. Arrive early to ensure you find the perfect spot on the sand.
- If you are heading to a popular spot, bring extra cash – parking, drinks, snacks and vendors can all add up.
- Invite a friend! Beach dates are great fun with just your partner, your whole family, or with a group of friends!
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Any date that has me focused on staying cool and relaxed is a great idea!
I love the beach for all the same reasons most of us do and our day at Wasaga was no exception. The one thing I was surprised about was the cost of all the little things that added up. It is very common in touristy areas, but can be frustrating for what you get nonetheless.
This is also one of those dates that can go really poorly if you aren't prepared. Make sure you have cash, sunscreen, an umbrella for shade and anything else you might want on hand so that you can roll with whatever the day throws at you.
If you're properly prepared for a day in the sun however, this date is a great one.