The Beaches Are Moving: The Drowning of America’s Shoreline (Living with the Shore)

Our beaches are eroding, sinking, washing out right under our houses, hotels, bridges; vacation dreamlands become nightmare scenes of futile revetments, fills, groins, what have you—all thrown up in a frantic defense against the natural system. The romantic desire to live on the seashore is in doomed conflict with an age-old pattern of beach migration. Yet it need not be so. Conservationist Wallace Kaufman teams up with marine geologist Orrin H. Pilkey Jr., in an evaluation of America’s beaches from coast to coast, giving sound advice on how to judge a safe beach development from a dangerous one and how to live at the shore sensibly and safely.

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The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South

The coasts of today’s American South feature luxury condominiums, resorts, and gated communities, yet just a century ago, a surprising amount of beachfront property in the Chesapeake, along the Carolina shores, and around the Gulf of Mexico was owned and populated by African Americans. Blending social and environmental history, Andrew W. Kahrl tells the story of African American–owned beaches in the twentieth century. By reconstructing African American life along the coast, Kahrl demonstrates just how important these properties were for African American communities and leisure, as well as for economic empowerment, especially during the era of the Jim Crow South. However, in the wake of the civil rights movement and amid the growing prosperity of the Sunbelt, many African Americans fell victim to effective campaigns to dispossess black landowners of their properties and beaches.

Kahrl makes a signal contribution to our understanding of African American landowners and real-estate developers, as well as the development of coastal capitalism along the southern seaboard, tying the creation of overdeveloped, unsustainable coastlines to the unmaking of black communities and cultures along the shore. The result is a skillful appraisal of the ambiguous legacy of racial progress in the Sunbelt.

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Good vacation ideas for the whole family!

Need some Good Vacation Ideas For The Whole Family?

Each year, my wife and I try to plan a family vacation that we think everyone will enjoy. We are a lot more careful about that these days, because we learned the hard way that not all vacations are created equal, and that when planning a vacation, it is always a good idea to get everyone’s input to make sure that everyone is going to have a good time. Otherwise, you might encounter something like we did.

One of the first vacation ideas for families we had was a trip to the Grand Canyon. The reason we made this particular trip is because it is a natural wonder, and something that I believe everyone should see in their lifetime. While my wife and I had a great time on the trip, looking at all of the natural beauty, my son and daughter were bored out of their minds. It was not that it was a bad idea, it just would have been a better idea when they were a little older and able to appreciate it more.

A few years later, we decided to make a drip to Disneyland for our family vacation. We had always wanted out children to experience this first-hand, and it seemed like one of the classic family vacation ideas one often hears about. The thing is, it was a not a whole lot of fun for my wife and I. We were not trying to be snobby, but there wasn’t a whole lot for us to do out there and it was a little boring.

The next year, we decided to travel to Washington, D.C. This was one of those vacation ideas that was better planned, because there was something for each of us to do, and we all ended up having a good time. The only problem with this was that we did not allow enough time for this particular vacation and did not get to do all of the things that everyone would have liked to do.

One of the best vacation ideas for families we had was a trip to the California coast, where we basically hung out at various beaches as we traveled up and down the coast.

Beach parties and suntans and flip flops are the California way!

It was a lot of fun, not that expensive, and it was amazing to me how we did not really have any big events planned or things to do, but everyone really seemed to enjoy it, and our children, especially, talked about it for weeks after we got back!

Family vacation ideas should be planned with everyone in mind. If every family member’s feelings and interests are not taken into consideration, it can turn out to be a lot less fun.