Throughout our lives we develop our own personal connections to various things that we encounter. Sometimes there is a deep story behind what we connect to that may differ from someone else.
Year after year we have guests that stay with us who come to “get away from it all” and comment many times that the beach is their happy place, their place of serenity and salvation that they may not otherwise get when they’re at home.
However, what is it about the beach and its ocean counterpart that brings people to a different place mentally no matter the time of the year? Is it because of the seemingly endless stretch of water that lies upon our eyes that develop a feeling of endless possibilities, just like the path we travel throughout life? Or is it because, much like the human mind and spirit, the beach constructs its own personality each day?
I think we can all agree that a sunrise or sunset over a calm ocean with clear skies, is one of the most beautiful works of art that nature can ever paint, but yet, seeing the waves build and crash, with no organized fashion, while offering an almost angry tone during a storm that is rolling through the area has, a unique sense of beauty to it as well.
Along with this, we leave our footprints behind when we walk the sandy beach, creating an unpredictable path, just to have the water wash it away, fill them in and wipe the slate clean for another story to be written.
When you put these aspects together it starts to make sense as to why we connect so well to the beach. It allows us to escape from reality and the societal norms that we’re almost expected to follow. When we’re able to take the time to stare out at the ocean or lie on the sand looking up at the sky, for once we’re able to pave our own path with no restrictions. We are finally able to dictate life for ourselves with no boundaries or obstacles.
The beach becomes our own personal life therapist, allowing all of our thoughts to be poured out within ourselves as the waves crash down, always in tune no matter how rough the surf is. So in tune, it’s almost like it has ears and is listening like another human would be able to do.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy said at a dinner for the America’s Cup Crews, “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”
Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort’s slogan “where memories that last a lifetime are made,” is more than just a business pitch, but a goal. That goal is for our guests that stay with us, experience something different here each time, something they can take home with them and hold close for the rest of their lives. Being right on the beach, that goal becomes limitless and all the more possible day in and day out because of that forever resetting slate of sand and water that allows us to rewrite each day.
Furthermore, let us help you connect with life in a different way and escape from what has otherwise been defined as the “norm” in society.
I thought I’d take today to address a question that we at the hotel hear a lot, particularly at this time of year. Guests always ask me why the beach looks so different or why there are so many rocks compared to when they visit Wells Beach in the summer. The answer is actually fairly simple, though maybe a bit unexpected. Every year at the end of autumn the ocean currents actually change and begin to erode the beach. The sand is carried away and deposited on a sandbar that sits about a mile offshore. This exposes rocks on the beach that are normally hidden during the summer. The ocean currents switch again in the spring and the sand is carried back to shore and redeposited on Wells Beach. This fluctuation in ocean currents and ocean tides means that Wells Beach can look very different depending on the season.
Every few years the town of Wells makes an additional effort to combat erosion by dredging sand and sediment that has been deposited in Wells Harbor. They pipe that sand the length of Wells Beach and deposit it in the area of our Driftwinds building. The sand is then moved and graded until the beach has the appearance that so many of us are familiar with.
I have a dream…
It seems hard to believe, but 2015 is over and we’re already a full week into the new year. The holiday season can often times feel like a whirlwind, and for many, can involve a great deal of work. So if you’re in need of some time off to recuperate from the holidays you’re in luck. The first long weekend of the year is nearly upon us. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is being celebrated on Monday, January 18th, and for many that will mean a much welcomed three-day weekend. Oceanfront and ocean view rooms are still available, but they’re filling up fast, so give us a call to reserve your room for the holiday weekend. Happy New Year!
Fun Fact: One of the few places outside the United States that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The day is celebrated with a special banquet at the mayor’s office as a way of unifying the city’s call for peace with Dr. King’s message of human rights and nonviolence.