What a perfect day at the beach!
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Lee and Adree attempting to body surf...
Drake and Seth jumping the waves
Lee after his walk on the beach=0)
Adree making drip castles
Hmm...not one of my better looks, drowned rat that is!
Adree after a little body surfing...=0)
McDonald's under the pier
Lee and the resident short people on the longest pier on the west coast in Oceanside
What a funny pelican he was perfectly content to sit and people watch!
Lee at the end of the pier looking back at the beach
Of course we were gone for 4 days not including two whole days of driving. This vacation really took place in two days...short and sweet! On Tuesday we got up and rolling and drove the whole 4 blocks from our hotel to the beach. It was perfect timing, about 9:45 and the morning fog had just burned off the shore, we were able to easily find a spot to set up our things by the bathroom. (crucial with little ones) If you can see from the pictures the sky and the water were the most awesome shades of blue and green and Oceanside is known for having a constant curl, so we were entertained by surfers by the pier as well. Drake and Adree have been to the ocean, but were just babies when we moved back to Utah. This was an awesome adventure for everyone!
What I was saying in my last post was that I was really impressed with the beach at Oceanside. I've been to Newport, Balboa, Huntington, San Clemente and they were fun, but always really crowded and sooo commercialized. They have tons of restaurants, shops, and businesses all the way up to the beach. Oceanside was great, it was just beach! Of course there were the token hot dog stands and ice cream and Ruby's was at the end of the pier, but other than that it was just people laid back and enjoying the sun and surf. We have decided that we will have to go back again and enjoy it some more!=0)
The kids and I amused ourselves by body surfing and jumping the waves while Lee took a long walk. I showed the kids how to make drip castles and only had to rescue Seth once when he got knocked over by a wave and was tossed end over end backwards and emerged dazed and blinded by salt water! Poor baby, he's so light that he was just washed up on shore like the sea weed! After a quick dip to rinse off the mud and a quick trip up the beach to his beach towel to wipe his eyes, he was as good as new! After a couple of hours of being knocked about by the sea and moving our things three times because people were just parking on top of them, we packed up our stuff and walked over to McDonald's under the pier. The kids thought it was pretty cool eating Happy Meals at the beach!=0) After McDonald's we walked over to the playground, but that didn't last very long...I think the kids were pretty pooped! We walked up to the pier and slowly made our way to other end, stopping to talk to the pelican who was watching us and watching surfers catch waves and ride them to shore. Lee asked someone where to get T-shirts and what not, so from there we drove a couple of blocks to a huge T-shirt shop. They had tons of touristy shirts and I ended up buying a shirt for everyone (two for Lee) for only 23 dollars! Not too bad I say! We ended the day by shopping at Ross (our fave!) and eating at a big Chinese buffet for dinner. (Lee's fave) We went back to the hotel to sleep in the ocean air one more night and packed ourselves and the kids and the dog in the car for an uneventful ride home on Wed. (my fave!)
All in all, it was a pretty good vacation and an escape from the relentless heat! Hope everyone else had a great summer, we start the new school year in a week and a half. It's been a good year so far...I'm sure the best is yet to come!=0) Best Wishes to you and yours from the characters Among the Lambsfold...=0)
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