I have loved the beach since I was a child. My father worked long hours and gave himself very few hours to play. When we vacationed we always went to the South Carolina beaches. It was the only time that my father really relax and played with us. I think that the joy I feel from a walk on the beach comes from that feeling that started on those vacations.
I live and work in Atlanta. I have a 5 hour drive to get to the South Carolina beach. It is worth it.