Though summer doesn't officially start until June 21th (summer solstice), everything these days screams “summer” and my recent, intense longing for a warm, sandy beach is no exception. Unfortunately, I haven't made it out yet, but that doesn't mean that I haven't already mentally packed my bags and am prepared to go.
And mind you, I haven't just packed my bags hastily, I've given it a lot of thought and come up with a list of Wolf vs Goat beach essentials.
Anchor California Lager
- There is so much to love about this beer, including that it was just made available nationwide in May 2014 and a portion of proceeds from sales of the beer will go to supporting the National Parks Conservation Association and the California State Parks Foundation.
New Belgium's Folly Pack
- For the explorer who is open to new things, New Belgium's Folly Pack is a great find. Well what exactly is it? The Folly Pack is a mix of New Belgium's best beers with a slant toward the summer, seasonal brews. If you're looking for a good time, look no further.
- If you get only one thing from this post, get this: PLEASE do not support the bottled water industry. The $22 billion/year bottled water industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic annually to package water and that plastic causes toxic chemicals to be released into the environment.
Furthermore, the transportation of bottled water releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide in the environment, which is a major threat to the ozone. Finally, billions of gallons of bottled water are consumed outside of the country of their origin and 780 million people in the world don't have access to clean water. So, don't take the chance that you're robbing one of those people of clean water.
And if I can't appeal to your heart, here's something else for you: tap water is actually cleaner than bottled water. Bottled water is less scrutinized and studied and thus, standards are lower. So, every time you crack open that bottle of water, you're more likely to be ingesting nasty stuff than you would be if you just drank some bottled water.
Walk onto a beach, look to the left, look to the right, look in front of you, look behind you. Chances are you'll see a number of different styles and clothing. And that's one of the beautiful aspects of the beach: it's such an incredible place for individual self expression.
Knowing that, if you want to stand out from the crowd, personally, I'm partial to the Blue Seersucker Beach shorts (http://www.wolfvsgoat.com/
There's nothing better than a Bamboo/Sorona tee, right? It's unique breathing properties, the feel...it's ohhhhh so good.
WRONG. There is something just as clutch: the popover. Short sleeve for the day; long sleeve for the night; kickass 24/7.
A classic color like Raspberry can be a really versatile piece, yet a crazy print is irresistible. Buy a few of both. Crisis averted.
Flip flops, boat shoes, whatever. Just make sure they're comfortable and easy to kick to the side because with all due respect, the beach is no place for shoes.
Note: I'm only including these things because Mauro (i.e. annoying Mom) wouldn't let me get away with NOT including them
While our suggestions are worth reading and looking into, in our opinion, there really is only one rule when you go to the beach: have a f*cking awesome time. And cherish the memories, because Winter is coming...