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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6 thoughts on “Choose and Defend: Beach or Mountains?

  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. 😛

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  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.

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  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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