Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate that list of Reasons To Give Thanks… Whatever it takes to remind us that easy rewards aren’t always so rewarding, and a truly thankful traveler accepts the challenges as part of the total journey.
This sense of extreme isolation turned individuals into family tribes. From one to five to twelve friends, assorted nationalities and various tattoos, we found ourselves playing games on the beach. Snorkeling, singing karaoke together. . .
“It’s . . . it’s nice,” our shuttle driver said, his hesitation heavy with those sorts of loose secrets that all the locals know. “As long as you don’t go too far north, Long Beach is OK.”