Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our One Bad-Weather Day

We had a wonderful vacation on Block Island and the weather was no exception. We had hot, bright, sunny skies for the entire trip... until Thursday when it was hot, foggy and threatening to rain.

Gordy and I decided to skip the whole Go To The Beach plan and thus avoid the entire Run Off The Beach As The Rains Pour Down and Lightening Flashes All Around You game.  We've done it before and it's really not as much fun as you might think.

Instead, we decided to stay closer to the rental house and go for a trip to Mohegan Bluffs.  Little did we know that Plan B wasn't going to be all that much fun either.  I've called this post "Our One Bad-Weather Day" but it could just as easily be titled "The Day The Kids Fought All Day Long and Lost Their Chance to go to a Movie."  Sadly, it just was one of those days.

To get to The Mohegan Bluffs, you have to climb down a set of steep steps that take you from the top of the southeast cliff to the bottom rocky beach.  Historically, it is the point where one group of Native Americans forced another tribe of Native Americans to jump off the cliff to their deaths during some (obviously bloody and horrible) battle over control of Block Island.  There are hundreds of steps at this attraction and it isn't for those people who are scared of heights or have heart conditions.

Once at the bottom, however, you are rewarded with a spectacular place to hike and get your feet wet.  Some people bring beach things and stay for the day, but we prefer the calmer waves and sandier beaches of the northern portion of the island.  We usually just hang out for awhile at Mohegan Bluffs and enjoy the scenery.  On this day, however, the children decided to mix thing up a little bit by arguing incessantly and coming up with myriad ways to insult and anger each other.  Add to that the stifling hot, muggy temperature and the thick, moist fog and you've got yourself a pretty miserable moment.

Needless to say, we didn't linger.  It seemed unfair to the other vacationers to share our gloom and crankiness with everyone else.  Plus Gordy and I kept wanting to use our Loud Voices when yelling at the kids and that was rather unfair to the nearby vacationers as well.  

With many whispered parental threats and the loud insults of the children, we started back up the stairs.

Gordy and Josie brought up the rear and while taking a few pictures of them, I managed to get some nice shots of the scenery and the view.  If I tuned out the children, I did enjoy myself for a second or two.

Back at the rental house wasn't much better.  Was it the weather?  Was it too much togetherness?  Was it something in the air?  Who knows.  But Henry, Georgia and Josie were at their all-time worse.

We hadn't taken away their chance to go to the movies yet, but Josie could sense it was about to happen.  

We decided we needed to get out of the house.

After lunch, we headed over to the local Farm / Zoo.  This tiny zoo has grown over the years.  What was once a small paddock with horses, ducks and a tortoise is now multiple stalls with camels, a kangaroo, a lemur, various zebra-y type animals and some goats. 

The animals distracted the children enough that they stopped arguing for a minute or two.  And then Georgia said something slightly unreasonable about which Henry had to set her right and they launched into a fight and then Josie got dragged in and the whining ensued.  Oh, the fighting!  Oh, the arguing!  The Fighting!  The Arguing!  It just NEVER ENDED.  I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I started to wonder if the fog surrounding the island was actually some sort of Dementor-induced mist.  It was like all the happiness had been sucked out of our vacation.  

I don't remember the exact moment when the movie they were going to see that night got taken away from them, but obviously after threatening the children with that outcome for hours, it eventually had to happen.  Of course, having them home for the two hours so we could hear more yelling and harsh words was really more of a punishment for us.

Gordy and I sent the children to bed early that night.

The next day was bright and sunny and things were back to normal.  We enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach and the harmony of the vacation was a restored.  Thank goodness.  

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