Sunday, August 31, 2014

Snorkeling Off Block Island

While Josie and Gordy were getting ready to begin their 5K, Henry and Georgia were 2.5K away, preparing to go snorkeling in the ocean.  It was a cold, over-cast day and not the kind of weather that makes you want to sunbathe or build sand castles.  

It also wasn't the kind of weather that made you want to get into the ocean at all, but we had time to kill while waiting for Gordy and Josie to run by, and my children aren't good at just sitting around.

It should be noted that the children went snorkeling every time that we went to the beach - which during this particular trip to Block Island meant that they went snorkeling every day but two or three.  

One this cold day, it took some time for Georgia and Henry to get up the nerve to go into the freezing ocean.

They spent a lot of time "adjusting" and "checking" their gear.

Not that I blamed them, while all this preparation was going on, I was sitting on a beach chair, wearing shorts, a sweatshirt and wrapped tightly in two towels.

And I was shivering.

Eventually, they got into the water and slowly made their way out to the deep.

And I mean slowly.  

It wasn't their longest snorkeling adventure.

I didn't bring my camera to the beach very often, but I did manage to get a few more photos of Henry snorkeling this year.  The photos below are from a different (more sunny) day when Henry went out snorkeling with Gordy.  It was a calm day and the two of them went far out into the ocean and were rewarded with some amazing finds.

Here's a shot taken with Henry's GoPro camera:

And here's another GoPro image of the giant sting-ray they found:

Obviously, you can see that the snorkeling off Block Island was fabulous this year!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Josie Runs a 5K

See that little girl in the purple shirt on the left-hand side of the above photo?  That's my Josie, running her first 5K race.  

Every year the Block Island Medical Center holds a 5k Fun Run from Town Beach up to Mansion Beach and back again.  

Our family has always watched the race (from the lazy comfort of our beach chairs), but we've never participated in the event and Gordy decided that this year would be different.  

Right before Gordy left the house to go register, Josie announced that she wanted to run the race, too.

It was a cold, cloudy day and not the best day for hanging out at the beach.  We based our entire morning on waiting for Josie and Gordy to run past and then waiting for them to return from the finish line.  

If it had just been Gordy running, I would not have expected this entire activity to take very long.... but with Josie running, I assumed we could be waiting most of the morning and perhaps part of the afternoon.

So you can imagine my surprise when Gordy and Josie sprinted by me about 20 minutes after the race began!

Georgia, Henry and I were waiting at the turn-around spot on Mansion Beach.  We got to see the runners coming and then heading back to the finish line.

Josie was keeping up and I was impressed.

And she looked like she was having a blast!

After they passed us and made their way back the 2.5K of the beach to the race's end, we were left with not much to do.  It was way too cold to go into the water and even wrapped in blankets, the wind was making our time by the water rather uncomfortable.  

The Running Elliots did not run the 2.5K BACK to where we were sitting, instead they walked slowly and it took a long, long time for them to return to our spot so we could leave.

I snapped some celebratory photos and then we high-tailed it out of there.

Next year, if they run again and it's a cloudy day, I think we'll meet them with the car at the finish line.

Just a thought.

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