Sunny skies. Light wind so it never feels really hot. And of course the beach, private preferred.
Few people in all directions. The only chance of that happening is on a weekday. Today is Wednesday, a weekday.
Under ten-dollar floats, preferably with a head rest, and the kind where your body stays above water (just in case the ocean's cold or the air cool).
A few beach towels. Even if one is almost 20 years old from a job you once had and got for free (the towel, that is; the job cost me a lot).
$15 reader sunglasses and, the absolute necessity: a waterproof Kindle cover for float-reading and windy days. (I wish somebody would invent a phone that could be read in bright sunlight: why can Amazon do it and not Apple?)
Water so clear you can see your toes.
Gentle waves and a low tide.
And lots of friends and family.
|Jean, mom and me; not pictured: M, Tobey and Jean's friend Roberta|