Cullman Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 5

from the Publisher FALL 2018 PUBLISHER Terry Connor EDITOR David Palmer ADVERTISING TEAM Chasity Barnett Christy Kimbril Debbie Miller Yvonne Moore Amanda Tolbert Elizabeth Williams CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Benjamin Bulllard Lisa Jones David Palmer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Benjamin Bullard Brooke Bennett Tyler Hanes Lisa Jones David Palmer Amanda Shavers-Davis DESIGNER Daren Courtney Cullman Magazine is a quarterly publication of The Cullman Times 300 Fourth Avenue, S.E. Cullman, AL 35055. Phone: 256.734.2131 Comments, letters or editorial content, including photos, should be sent to the address above or emailed to Cullman Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited submissions. Reproduction or use of editorial content in any manner without permission is prohibited. Cullman Magazine can be found online at Again, “We went to the beach” T he first time hearing the song “We went to the Beach” by Little Big Town, the flashbacks were immediate. The song’s lyrics tell the story of an- nual beach trips inside a packed mini-van with fighting kids, a cranky dad behind the wheel and mom trying to make peace among all…“Every year, the middle of June we crammed into that Astro van tighter than a can of sardines and we went to the beach…We fought in the back and dad got mad and mama rolled the windows down ‘Y’all smell the salt of the beach?” The song weaves its way through life consisting of family trips turning to teen- age beach adventures financed by odd jobs that pay for the cigarettes, PBRs, bars visits using fake IDs and onto a week-long honeymoon on the sand that never needs to end. The lyrics hit home because I’ve traveled the same path once upon a time, minus the Astro van. For many of us, beach excursions are still at least an annual event, and, possibly, more often. During a recent week-long journey extending from Panama City to Orange Beach, the thoughts of the Little Big Town’s song kept rewinding in my mind as I practiced a favorite pastime – pool- side people watching. Oh what a difference the separation of a few decades make when it comes to beach outings. First, long gone are the careless, youth- ful days with a pack of smokes and an adult beverage as the sun baked my soon- to-be bald head. Today, it’s sunscreen, a shady hat (plus an umbrella), a bottle of water and a granddaughter requesting that we dive like dolphins in the deep-end of the pool. by TERRY CONNOR It’s relaxing under blue skies sprinkled occasionally with an airplane dragging an advertisement about where to find the best shrimp as the Gulf winds keep the temperature bearable. Or the com- mon pop-up afternoon thunderstorm that sends everyone seeking shelter and a re- prieve from the sun. It’s beach and pool worshipers who fail to realize sometimes a swimsuit might be too tight for those who are looking. Yes, we all enjoy the sight of a well-toned (and tanned) body from behind our darkened sunglasses, but it’s the other end of the viewing spectrum that keeps us shaking our heads. It’s the traditional restaurants serv- ing tasty plates of fresh Gulf seafood – what’s a trip to Orange Beach without stopping at least once to experience the tight confines of Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar? It’s peaceful sunrises awakening a new day and picture-perfect colorful sunsets as day gives way to night and what seems likes hundreds of flashlights shining as treasure hunters comb the beach. It’s much more than this space al- lows…sunburns, cool creamy treats, souvenir shops and bright color attire, the sounds of the tropics and the always- favorite Jimmy Buffet filling the airwaves, a competitive game of volleyball or corn hole, deep-sea fishing and parasailing, overloaded wagons being pulled across the beach, sand between your toes and sand everywhere. So as summer turns toward fall, here’s hoping you, too, went to the beach… Cullman magazine | FALL 2018 5