Why the Beach Is Best
By Virginia Myers
1i’m a nature girl: A manmade lake like deep Creek in Garrett County, however
much it tries to blend into the wilderness, will
always feel fake.
2As soon as i get within five miles of rehoboth beach in delaware, i can feel
the ocean breezes clearing my city-clogged
lungs. And the salt air lends texture and volume
to my hair. plenty of people pay good money
for styling sprays to get the same effect. At the
lake, you just get wet hair.
3Think of sunrise over the water, with a shimmering horizon that’s conducive to
dreaming of faraway lands and endless possibilities. There’s not much far away at the lake;
the other shore is so close you could swim there.
4My favorite beach activity: surfing. Try that on a lake. ditto with kitesurfing, boogie-boarding, even those inflatable rubber rafts
that send kids shrieking with delight through
the ocean foam before they tumble onto the
sand. now that’s a sound of summer.
5offshore sailing. Yes, i know you can sail on a lake, but all those trees block the
wind and deflate your sails. i’ll take open water
6i hate the slimy bottom of a lake. You never know what you’re stepping on, or
when the floor will drop out from under you.
Give me the gentle, sandy slope of a clear tidal
sea any day.
7i can spend hours strolling the beach. with just one mile of shoreline carved out for
visitors at deep Creek, the lake seems, well,
limited. plus, try to find a single seashell on that
8The boardwalk at the beach early in the morning is the perfect way to start the
day, whether with a run or a casual bike ride
along its flat surface. deep Creek lake trails run
through the mountains. exhausting.
9 if i’m antsy from all that lying around on the beach, there are boardwalk arcades
where my inner kid can wheel around in the
bumper car pavilion, work out aggression at
whac-A-Mole, or amuse my teens with my
inability to score on video games.
10At rehoboth, there are 70 flavors at The ice Cream store, including “crack.”
Two dozen taps plus three house-distilled
spirits at dogfish head brewings and eats, a
pioneer in local craft beer. More than 200 restaurants, including several that compete with
bethesda’s best. At deep Creek lake? Thirty-two restaurants and a brewpub that serves
beer in mason jars from seven taps.
Freelance writer Virginia Myers, a onetime Flo-ridian who now lives in Takoma Park, has been
going to Rehoboth Beach off and on for more
than two decades.