Monday, August 13, 2012

A beach proselyte

In the wide-world of vacations, there are beach people and there are mountain people.

I have always thought of myself as a mountain person.

Cabin-dwelling. Hiking. Maybe even throw in a little bit of canoeing or kayaking.


Maybe this mountain-love began with the old Harding University PEMM Club* spring break ski trips? Back then, we’d spend a week in Colorado, skiing our brains out and eating tons of pizza.

With that in mind … for the past few years my family has “suggested” a trip to the beach. The Outer Banks, NC. Or, in the local vernacular—OBX.

And now, I think the conversion is complete.

I am a beach person.

And as we settle into our rental unit, I trade in my work and home to-do lists for a vacation one:


1. Make coffee. (You can never go wrong with Dunkin’ Donuts.)

2. Feed the cat. (Confession: my wife usually does this one.)

3. Pray.

4. Read. (Dust to Dust, a book my friend Andrew loaned to me.)

5. Walk and/or bike.

6. Tear a page out of my wife’s Sudoku book and pencil in a few numbers.

7. See a movie (that the kids like).

8. Watch the Olympics (even the diving and volleyball parts).

9. Repeat all of the above.

* The PEMM (P.E. majors and minors) Club—plus anyone else who wanted to go—used to take an annual trip to a Colorado ski resort. The trip leader was Dr. Karyl Bailey, the HU women’s volleyball coach.


  1. One thought: You CAN go wrong with Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Cafe Bustelo is the way to go for cheap vacation coffee. Try it.

  2. Ha! 6 oz brick for $2.19. I will have to check it out. :)