Sand, surf, sub-freezing temperatures — what more could you ask for?


Half the East Coast is stuck in a blizzard. We are not.

But don’t feel too envious. It’s 34 degrees in Seaside, Fla., and the powerful wind gusts coming off the Gulf of Mexico make it feel even colder.

The beach looks deceptively warm and inviting, but you have to bundle up to really enjoy it. There is something to enjoy, though: The solitude of being at a summer resort during the off-season, when you can practically have the entire place to yourself.

The kids were taken aback by the sub-freezing temperatures, but that didn’t stop them from having a good time. Truth be told, it was the adults who finally yielded to the elements, and said, “Can we go back to the cabin now?” (The children reluctantly agreed.)

I was most impressed by the blue sky, the kind you only see at cruising altitude on a commercial airline flight. It’s that deep, brilliant blue that almost makes you think you’re halfway into space.

To everyone who is stuck in the snow today, good luck. We’ll probably be spending most of today indoors, like you.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or contact him at . Got a question or comment? You can post it on the new forum.

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