choose and defend

Choose and Defend: Beach or Mountains?

sound of music While I wrap up my Maui adventure with beverages served in hollowed out tropical fruits, you’re slaving away over a hot keyboard. Suckers!

Honestly, I’ve never been much of a beach person. Oh, I like the idea of the beach, it’s just that there’s so much…outdoors there. All of that sun and sand, bleh — I’ll take a cool, shady tree any day.

But “Choose and Defend” isn’t about me, it’s about you. In order to play the game you must choose one of the following and provide a defense for your choice. Failure to follow these two simple rules will result in a visit from a very angry Julie Andrews. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.

You’re offered your dream home free of charge. Would you rather:

-Live in the mountains…

mountain house

… or on the beach?

beach house

Answers must be zoned residential, and come on people: Let’s make Laura B. proud.


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  1. This is a tough one. Let me start by saying I am uncomfortable around crowds. Call it social anxiety if you will. The truth is, as I get older, I find that I don’t have the patience to deal with crowds. Most people aren’t aware of their surroundings and are apt to breach my personal space. — But that’s a story for another time.
    Of course there are unpopulated beaches. I can remember great summers spent exploring secluded beaches while on family vacation when I was growing up,

    On the other hand, the mountains can be exciting, adventurous, and as secluded as you can get. I have just as many memories of climbing rocks, hills, and waterfalls when I was a kid. There’s something magical about taking in the vista from atop a hilltop of any size, or peering over the edge of a waterfall into it’s basin.

    If I really must choose, I think I’d pick the mountain over the beach because, if I get bored with my own thoughts (it could happen), the mountain has plenty of things to hold my interest. The beach is lovely but the mountain is more interesting.

    — Wow, that was exhausting. I think I need a nap. 😛


  2. Though I’ve lived on the coast all my life I’m going with the mountains. I defend this choice by shooting arrows from behind the many trees found on mountains, trees that are not found on an open and dangerous beach.


  3. That’s an easy choice for me: mountains. Part of that is due to my family having a cabin near Lake Tahoe that my grandfather built in 1920. It was rustic and comfortable, once you built a fire in the stove. Walking through the forest and sitting in a meadow on the mountain behind the cabin were high points of an otherwise unpleasant childhood. Then I got old enough to go there with friends and without parents and it became my refuge. I even enjoyed spending time there by myself. Hmmm…I guess I’m like the first replier. I prefer peace and quiet to the usually crowded beaches. Plus, the beach seemed to always leave me with a sunburn and sand in private places. The nadir of my beach experience was when I visited a friend in Santa Barbara after an oil spill many years ago. A walk on the beach resulted in time spent removing oil balls from my shoes.


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