Here is a pic of me (age 10) in Ocean City, MD. This was my very first experience in the ocean. Being from the mountain state, I had never seen the ocean (except on television). I played so long in the water that I got sick and lost my voice (worst sore throat I had ever had). My mother was worried but the next morning, I was well and back at it again.
Until this day, I've always been very fond of the ocean. I enjoy the mountains too, but I find the ocean more intriguing. Maybe that's why I became a sailor.