|This actually is Duluth, and it is not far from where we were swimming, but the waves weren't this big either.|
|This is more like what we were dealing with.|
When I was a kid and we lived in Australia, we decided to go to the beach one day because it was punishingly hot. We lived about an hour or so from the coast so we got in the van, complete with barf-bucket/sand castle bucket for me/my sister Beth, and headed to the beach. We drove around and saw beaches so packed with people there wasn't even room to put your towel down. We kept driving. Finally we came across a beautiful beach with white sand and big surf and it was practically empty. We stopped and spent the day swimming and playing in the sand. Later we learned that that beach is notorious for it's deadly riptides and sharks. Oh well. It wasn't crowded and we survivied. Win win.