While packing for a day out at the cove and beach, Pa remarked that the sand to goldfish ratio looked a bit high in our Tupperware container. Glad he noticed because I didn't.
We started at the cove to see the seals. There were a ton of them.....more than we've ever seen before.
Signs like this suggest tourists like us keep our distance in this area.
These yahoos obviously can't read.
Originally created for and called, "The Children's Pool"......the seals took over and claimed it as there own. Now, they're trying to integrate the two species.
Lots to see......Pa, Blake and kids taking a look. Nice tongue, Laine.
We left the cove and headed to Fatburger (who can go wrong with the name like that?). Saw this lady on her beach cruiser with that fluffy dog on board. I want to be her one day.
Heading to the beach......
First walk out to the water! So fun sharing all of this with Pa.
The seagulls, as always, were brave and ready to find food.
More seaweed this day......goofy kids dragging it across the sand.
Sea fishing, anyone?
The lifeguards are lovely........and delightfully polite when telling people to get out of the surfing waters if they're not surfing. "Good afternoon, waders. Please walk back to the shore and we'll help you find a safer place to play." I'm sure they have some other choice words to use.....but they keep it clean.
Sweetness..... She loves her Pa. They nearly share a birthday.....just one day apart!
Pa and Blake taking a break.
Surfer boy. He'd stay out all day.......come in for food and drinks here and there......but otherwise, would surf and surf. It's hard work, peeps. Lots of determination needed to learn.
Jack saw this plane and said, "Wook at dat plane hauling dat junk. Ha ha ha!" Awesome.
I give up.
Jack had to attach his boogie board like Carter does with his surf board. It's fun to be like big brother.
Lainey tried, too.
Pa helped the little ones slide around in the water.
Look at that happy kid.
Saw a few jelly fish come to shore. This one was about a foot wide. A local told me that the tide has to take him back to the ocean or he won't survive.......humans can't move them......so I'm hoping he made it back.
Would you do this?
Pa surprised the kids with boogie boards and they adore them. Tried to get a picture of the three with them and this is how it turned out. Blake is holding Lainey in place. Love how Carter is laughing at all of this.
And, every year we go to the beach, we write the year in the sand and put the kids behind it. Started in '03 when Carter was just a toddler. This year's wasn't as successful as the previous ones. Jack is screaming and Lainey is hysterically scratching out my writing. Nice.
Another second attempt. FAIL.
The only 3 who can stand like normal people. Pa is about to crack up here from the circus he witnessed prior to this picture.
Waiting for the car......time to go home and take hot baths.
Lainey was obviously cold. Sweet baby looked like ET.
Asleep within 60 seconds.
We got the kids home, bathed and then took off for a date night. Went to the cove for some shopping and dinner.
Here is one of our stops from last year.......a 1/4 mile of steps in a tunnel that descends through the ground and into a cave near the water. Blake chalked this up as one of my "fails" while planning travel. I should really make a list of these excursions he wants to kill me for coordinating.
Love the seals. Look at the pup peaking out in the bottom right hand corner.
We ate here......lovely during the daytime.
And, turns into this at dark. Cozy and cute.
Quattro formaggi macaroni bake for me (carbs don't count!!!!) and spaghetti with meatballs for Blake. Delicious doesn't cover it.
Only a couple of days left. You can do it. Hang in there!