Visits to the Little Elm Beach may be a norm to you but what is life like living by the beach?
1. Take it Slow - never be in a hurry to do anything. Adopt a 'Beachy State of Mind' and never sweat the small stuff.
2. Always imagine that 'you have found the lost shaker of salt'! Enjoy that sense of accomplishment even if the only thing you managed to do was remember the sun tan oil.
3. Never cry over a busted flip flop.
4. Sun, alcohol and motorized water sports do not mix my friend! When in doubt mocktail! Create your favorite beverage without alcohol and just pour it in a fancy plastic glass - no one in your party will know the difference and you can safely operate any motorized vehicle.
5. Don't go it alone! It's never a good idea to swim alone always take a partner.
6. Leave nothing but your footprints!
7. Have some fun with music on the beach but do not run generators or violate noise ordinances.
8. Stake out your own area on the beach but don't leave personal items, trash or large holes when you leave.
9. It's hot in Texas remember to stay hydrated in the summer sun.
10. Pay attention to fast approaching weather conditions and pay attention to any beach flags flying. These are common flags present on most ocean front beaches. (courtesy of USATODAY)
The most serious of all beach warning flags, red flags warn swimmers of serious hazards in the water. One red flag means that the surf is high or there are dangerous currents, or both. Though you can still swim if there is a red flag, you should use extreme caution and go in the water only if you're a strong swimmer. Two red flags, however, means that the water is closed to swimming, as conditions are too dangerous for even the strongest swimmers. In some communities, red flags feature the symbol of a swimmer with a white line through it, indicating that swimming is prohibited.
When ocean conditions are rough, but not life-threatening, you might see an yellow flag on the beach. A yellow flag indicates potentially high surf or dangerous currents and undertows, and means that swimmers should exercise extreme caution. If there is a yellow flag, swim only near lifeguards and heed all lifeguard warnings. If you're swimming with children, or you aren't a strong swimmer yourself, wear a life jacket when swimming on yellow-flag days. Some beaches have a permanent yellow flag because of rocks, a sudden drop-off or a high population of bait fish that attracts predators.
The ocean is always unpredictable, and even on clear and calm days, hazards still exist. Still, there are days when the threat of danger is lower than others. A green flag on the beach is an all-clear sign, indicating that it's safe to swim. Even when the flag is green, though, exercise caution in the ocean, listen to lifeguard warnings and keep a close eye on children.
Sharks, jellyfish and other dangerous marine life can turn a fun day at the beach into an unpleasant day at the hospital -- or worse. When potentially dangerous ocean animals have been spotted, you'll see a dark blue or purple flag. These flags fly either on their own or with other colored flags. If you see a blue or purple flag, but the water is not closed to swimming, use extreme caution and keep a close watch for dangerous animals.
Some beaches use flags that are particular to that beach or related to common activities there. For example, in areas where surfing is common, you may see a yellow flag with a black dot in the center. This flag marks an area where surfing is prohibited, giving swimmers an area where they can swim without encountering surfers. If you see a flag at the beach and do not know what it means, ask a lifeguard for an explanation or look for an indicator key near the beach entrance or in a public area.