Where is your favorite place in the world?

Where is your favorite place in the world?

July’s Blogapalooz challenge is to write about my favorite place in the world? Although my first thought was “anywhere that I am with my family,” I do have many favorite places that I enjoy going to with them and without. Although I do love being outside walking or hiking in nature, there is one place that I feel the most relaxed and at home. I am like the character Moana in the song “How Far I’ll Go” by Auli’i Cravalho because the water calls me.

I’ve been staring at the edge of the water

‘Long as I can remember, never really knowing why…

I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know…where I long to be

Glencoe Beach

                             Glencoe Beach

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me…

I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania where we traveled to the Erie Peninsula weekly, and then when I moved to Chicago, it wasn’t long before I discovered Glencoe Beach. As a teenager, I made monthly drives to go to the beach, but also just to stare at the water. I even lived in Glencoe for five years, and was able to jog there, just to look at the waves. I don’t even need to go in the water to feel that sense of contentedness come over me. I just look, listen and feel as the water rolls in. Now if I am at a beach where I can see the sun setting over the water, then that is just the icing on the cake. The joy just overwhelms me. I have searched for and watched sunsets all over the world, and have even painted one I saw in Hawaii and another one from Florida. I am not sure why the water and the waves call me, but just sitting by a lake or an ocean is one of my favorite places to be.

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