You've heard the saying thousands of times, but do you REALLY know what that means? I don't know how many of you live in the middle of a city, surrounded by people and sounds all day long... after some time it can start to take a toll on you. Not that being around people is bad, and I do love spending time with my family, but once in a while, the need to "get away from it all" starts to sound pretty good.
I live in Michigan, but I'm just about as far as you can get from all of our gorgeous coastlines that surround this great state. Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern lower Michigan was voted the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by "Good Morning America" in 2011. I would LOVE to go there... but now that it has reached "celebrity status", it will probably be too crowded for me.
The photo in this post is from Oval Beach, in Saugatuck, Michigan. I visited Saugatuck with a friend of mine in September, 2012. The beach was absolutely perfect... practically no one was there, and the air was so comfortable (there is a huge difference between being by the open water, and being in the middle of the state where we get all the stifling humidity).
I can't describe exactly what it felt like to sit on the beach, watching the sun go down below the horizon (which is a sight I never see), smell the fresh air, and listen to the waves roll in. I had no idea what time it was, nor did I care. I could actually feel myself relax.
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."
~ Henry David Thoreau