Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area all of my life until the age of 22, I guess that feeling of smelling the salty air never leaves you. When I grew up there I always wanted to be in the mountains smelling the pine trees and woodsmoke; my dreams when I was young came true. But, the call of the ocean never leaves you I guess. It gets deep inside you and creates a longing or desire that needs to be fulfilled.
Some day I hope to own a beach house or bungalow somewhere close to the ocean. I don't have to have ocean-front property but just be able to get there at a moment's notice. Until then, I sit here in my cabin-in-the-woods, dreaming of what will be someday. They say that if you can imagine or dream it, it will happen. Until then there is always VRBO (vacation rentals by owner), an on-line site that we have used each year to fulfill our dreams momentarily. Sometimes that's all it takes. Just a week or two in a different location and then home feels fresh and new.