Is sand better than snow?

Well of course sand must be better than snow.  Think about it – just look outside the window.  Piles of snow on stacked up garden tables, trees laden down with snow, parked cars on the side of the road imprisoned by snow.  Now close your eyes and imagine sand instead …

Aaah – are you feeling better now?  Sand means beach and beach means sand and it is a lovely thought.  But sand isn’t always such a lovely thing because sometimes

  • You get sand in your picnic on the beach
  • The baby gets sand in the diaper
  • The toddler eats sand and – well – gets sand in the diaper
  • You find sand in your clothes six weeks after coming back from vacation
  • Sand hides in the corner of your suitcase and magically appears when you are unpacking for a conference
  • Sand is the home for sand fleas who like to feast on you in the late afternoon when you are snoozing on the beach (I speak from first hand experience)
  • Sand sneaks into places your mother didn’t know you had!

Of course people can have fun in the sand with no beach in sight like those who go sand-boarding in Dubai or Namibia or any handy desert – even in Colorado I believe.

Now although the experts say that when you fall it doesn’t hurt because it’s sand – they do recommend to keep your mouth closed unlike the lady in the picture here.  The sand spray that is whipped up goes straight into your mouth – so remember to shut it!  Although the experts say you don’t get hurt when you fall others will tell you that it is not that easy and the sand gets absolutely everywhere.

Rolling in the sand in Dorob National Park.

So maybe snow is a whole lot easier to deal with – it’s just that unless you are a snow-boarder or a skier it is a giant pain in the ass and right now I would gladly trade the winter outside my front door for a sandy beach somewhere even if it did mean sand where you least want it!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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