We asked on Facebook: What at your house is a dead giveaway you live on the coast?
A personal fishing log with 37 years of technique, secret spots and dumb luck.
– Michael Alan Basham
The nine pairs of flip-flops by my front door.
– Andrea Bolt
Fresh blue crab in the fridge for barbecuing tomorrow morning.
– Sarah Penrod
Kayaks, paddleboards, life jackets for dogs.
– Tyler Morrison
Kayak and boogie boards in the yard; mosquito repellent and sunblock; flip-flops and silly hats everywhere you look; seashells in every coin dish and mermaids all over the kitchen. And then there’s the sand.
– Rosalind Richard
Little boats piled where a car should be parked and surfboards mounted on the living room wall.
– Russ Mullins
House on 20-foot pilings. An outdoor tiki bar. A canal with bay access in the backyard. A boat in a sling under the deck. Fishing poles everywhere. And, about 50 beach towels.
– Erin Toberman
The kayak/bicycle/grill/fishing rods/cast net/pool noodle/ tangle on the back patio.
– Cathy Townley-McGaughey
Seagulls eating bread in my backyard.
– Billy Buinski
Views of West Bay and Gulf of Mexico from north and south sides of the house; cattle and horses in pastures surrounding us; views of Galveston bridge/Causeway; mosquito spray, surf boards, fishing poles, year round flip-flops, 14-foot pilings and sunscreen.
– Eliza Thomas Quigley
Fishing poles, shell collection, sundresses and bathing suits.
– Debbie Garza
Long-leaf pine houses.
– Neil Wilson
Oyster shell driveway.
– Steven Long
The generator in the upstairs closet.
– Ted Hanley
Oleanders in the yard.
– Jill Nagel Kaale
Sandy floors from sandy dogs and sandy feet.
– Trelle Vernon-Cole Dandridge
Hearing the Gulf waves from my back yard and enjoying a great sea breeze.
– Kristen Carlson
Sand … in the carpet, on the tile floor, under the furniture, everywhere.
– Ron Wooten
A boat sitting out back.
– Kathy Matteson
Snark (sailboat) under the house next to the foot-washing stand for all the sand.
– Stephen F. Duncan
Rusting metal fixtures.
– Curtiss Brown
Charlie Daughtry’s sunset pictures hanging in our house.
– Shari Brasher Daughtry
Stack of surfboards.
– Eric Froeschner
Boat in driveway, flip-flops by door even in December, and fishing rods always ready.
– Dale Jackson
Baby oil in the laundry room for pesky tar stains.
– Amber Stubbs-Aydell
Sand in the dryer all year long.
– Megan Carpenter
The Ike waterline.
– Brian Maxwell
Sand and salt on every surface.
– Kim Walters
Beach bag and boat club bag always packed in the closet by the front door.
– Laura McNamara Makris
All the surfboards. Everywhere.
– Stephen Hadley
A boat in the driveway.
– Trudy Sander Trochesset
Christmas cactus blooms all year long.
– Boyd Carr
The very large, red, deep-water buoy hanging from a tree in my backyard.
– Laura Trout Goalen
The boat in the driveway and the seashells in my garden.
– Ruth Lacquement
A reflective channel marker.
– Dotti Hollis Cater Krustchinsky
Starfish on the coffee table.
– Kevin D. Smith
A surfboard hanging on the wall.
– Marita Husted
A bucket of flip-flops on the front porch.
– Lynda Klyng