Since moving here, we've been rather fond of one beach in particular in Oceanside. Breakwater Beach is in between the harbor and the pier.......so both are in reach and it's super close to where we live. Recently, I've forced myself to research more and see what else is nearby.
We ventured out to the Carlsbad state beaches after school one day. So easy to do......pick up kids with picnic packed and head west 'til you hit water. Minutes away.
Carlsbad is unique in that it has a seawall. My only experience with such is in Galveston, TX. It was nice to take advantage of the 4 mile walk. Clean and easy to navigate with plenty to see.
Lots of pretty brush and several critters for us to spy on.
We walked and walked and walked.......until we found this inlet. Reminded me of snorkeling with Carter in the Yal Kul Lagoon in Akumal.......we started inland and ended up swimming into the ocean. Much calmer waters than what you see here, of course.
Pushing approximately 80 pounds of kid on the sand was a fantastic workout. We walked the length back on the beach.
Once we were back closer to the Carlsbad Village, we settled in for a dinner picnic. The kids found this "movie theater" carved out in the sand. Do you see it?
Cute little punks helping each other out. Sometimes, when they're not pinching, hitting or yelling......they can be quite sweet to each other.
Carter was on the blanket with me and we noticed an unusual amount of seagulls stalking the area. We're used to this.......they can see the Starnes family pull up in the parking lot and know they're going to find plenty of scraps once we're eventually gone. However, the dozens you can't see overhead in this shot below concerned us.
Seconds later, Jack comes over screaming, "Mom! Da bird took Wainey's sandwich!"
Of course it did.
Not sure if it was a direct hit while in her hands or if she put it down to work on the "movie theater". But, the sandwich was gone.
Yes, Jack is eating waffles. Plain. Yall know he's our weird one. Don't act surprised.
See those little birds skimming the water? They're not so little. They're actually massive pelicans looking for dinner. Should have been here earlier.
Overall, it was a great beach. We took Blake back a few days later and he liked it, too. It was chilly, though.
Next up is Del Mar.......which had an entirely different view (and parking fee!).
Back soon, peeps. Holly is coming over soon for PW's Chicken Spaghetti and we're going to tackle the King Cake. We know how to party, yall.