There are many kinds of beaches in the world and many kinds of weather to go with those beaches. I have dug my toes into the powdered-sugar sand of the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Cancun and Mexican Riviera. I’ve been on rough sandy shores in Fiji. I’ve seen rocky-sandy beaches in Europe. I’ve gotten 2nd degree burns on the beach in Southern California. But in the State of Washington, we have hard-packed beaches you can drive on. The sand is gray and, well, sandy.