The best part about our three day excursion was going with my Aunt Candy (my mom's sister)and Beau and Jessica (my cousins). Mom and I shopped for food and Aunt Candy cooked. My Aunt is an awesome cook, too. The pictures are out of order, but it really doesn't matter because it was just three days of sun, beach, and eating that all ran together. Basically, we'd get up each day to: eat breakfast, pack a lunch, stay at the beach all day, return to shower, eat dinner, and hang out around the campfire.
Except one night my cousin Beau took off on his bike and after sunset he didn't return. My cousin is handicapped, but he usually finds his way around quickly so this scared my Aunt. At one point we had to call the Park Rangers. One Ranger drove up and down the beach with a spot light. Another Ranger drove through camp with a loud speaker. Another drove through the nearby neighborhood. Mom and Aunt Candy took off in separate directions and I stayed put with the kids. About 15 minutes before the Rangers called in a Search and Rescue team some campers brought him to one Rangers and explained that they had just seen him ride by, stopped and questioned him. We were so relieved! The next day he was very popular! We heard, "Hi Beau!" all day long :-) He's always had an odd way of making friends.
Enjoy the rest of our trip:
Backpack was only crawling at this point, so it was hard to keep him clean. I don't really think he cared...do you?
Two out of the three mornings were overcast, but it was nice to play without the blazing heat. Trouble is directing the building of a sand castle.
Aunt Candy and Backpack
Enjoying the beach!
Beau dozing on the beach. We did do a lot of that:
Sleeping...that music really wore her out!
Return to the Tree of Abrasion! He's a boy, he has no fear!
Now Trouble has conked out! That is how you know it was a good day!
Back at the campsite:
Yaya decided to ride the kids around the camp.
The best part about camping: Burnt Marshmallows!
Trouble a bit exhausted and tired
In the end it was worth it. I was ready to go home after the first day, but glad that we stayed. It was relaxing at the beach to let the kids run wild and play without all the distractions and worries of city life. Of course, the rest of the family was keeping an eye on them so I didn't have to 24/7!
Beach and camping were two things that I enjoyed growing up and hope to give to my kids. So this is one experince that has made me remember what a great childhood is made of!