This is where I am from:
Do you notice how there is water EVERYWHERE?
In hot summery weather like we're having now it is so hard to be so far away from home, a place where people just keep their bathing suits in the car, because chances are you're going to drive by water at some point in time during the day, so why not stop for a quick dip?
I also used to live here for a long time:
And for a while we lived here:
Or, more specifically, here:
It was grand. I saw the ocean from my back door.
There are tons of great things about living in St. Louis, but proximity to large bodies of water is not one of them. And no, the rivers don't count.
I think I miss the smell of water as much as I miss seeing it. But I miss being in it most of all.