With Nan and Pop Horne back from Hawaii (they came back for the 4th of July), we figured it was time for a trip. From being with the young men in Big Rock ward, Eric knew of a family who has a very nice rental house on the "beach." So, we rented out their house for a few days and set out on the ferry. Ferry rides are great. Sans Ward's desire to jump overboard.
We got a great front-row parking spot on the ferry ride over:
Thank you, google maps, we weren't quite sure where to go next:
While at the beach Nan, Pop, Eric and the kids explored and played their hearts out. I chilled in the cabin, watched some shows, finished my book for book club, and cooked some good meals. It was perfect for everyone.
Despite a run of bad luck, and not getting to crab or eat the clams they caught (toxic water something or other), the boys enjoyed their adventures.
They built a fierce sandcastle with moat.
The girls loved the beach, but they channeled their indoor girls a bit too. Lounging around the house was nice for the girls.
Maggie built a large shell collection which she dubbed "the museum."
I did venture down to the beach a couple times.
I had to document the "sand:"
Ward and I were enjoying a nice little chat sitting on some driftwood when Maggie spotted a snake near us. I'm sure it was harmless, but I had no desire to stick around and find out. So, the snake forced us off the edge and out onto the beach.
It really was for the best though, because we got our best idea yet. The beach was covered in huge white shells and I knew they'd be perfect for creating a message for Eric to see when he walked out on the deck of the cabin (where he happened to be napping). So, Maggie and I set out to make a heart. Once the outline was complete, Maggie was sure it wasn't good enough and that we needed to fill it in. So, we recruited some shell collectors (Amos, Nan, and Pop) and put them to work. We cleared the beach of shells and barely had enough, but we did it. We didn't even have to tap into Maggie's shell "museum."
Amos was the hauler and Maggie was the placer.
Ward was super bugged we wouldn't let him "help."
Once it was all complete and Eric woke up, it was perfect for a family picture.
Or, an Audrey "show:"
Either way, it looked pretty cool.
And, that's a wrap for our beach vacation. Two thumbs up.