I feel most at home, near the water. There was a creek, kind of a babbling brook that ran along the western boarder of the farm were I grew up. When I was about 12 we had a pond excavated on the farm. I spent a couple of weeks every summer as a kid with my Aunt and Uncle at Lake Orion, with a boat in the back yard. The first couple of winters my parents spent in Titusville, Florida, they rented a condo in the complex above on the Indian River. I loved being there on the water.
The Indian River is really a tidal estuary, the water is brackish, you can pass through a canal and be in the ocean within 20 miles in either direction. At Titusville, the river is 2-3 miles wide, with the barrier island that the Kennedy Space Center sits between Titusville and the Atlantic Ocean.
I missed the water when I lived in Kentucky. We were a few miles from the Kentucky River, there was one local creek, but no real lakes. There are no natural lakes in the state of Kentucky.
Shortly after I moved to the Washington DC area, I was out on the terrace one morning, and realized that I could smell the water - I was then, as I am now, less than half-a-mile from the Potomac River.
I have never owned a boat, I keep saying some-day.
Do you like being near the water?