Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Southerns Annual Visit

Meredith, Lily and Avery stopped by last week to spend a few days with us on their way home from Maine.  We did the usual things like walk into town, get ice cream, attempt to go to the pool (but be denied access due to first a swim meet and then by a Women's party) and just hang out a talk... but we also took a day trip to visit Brown University in Rhode Island and we went to the beach.

It was just a smidge over 100 degrees when we arrived at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA and it was H.O.T.

We arrived a little later than one should (I had a pilates class that I didn't want to miss, sorry!) and the parking lot was closed.  We drove past the entrance and hoped for the best - street parking isn't easy by the seashore.  Lady Luck was definitely with us, though - just down the street from the beach lot, was a Veterans of Foreign War Meeting Hall where for a small donation, we got a choice parking spot that was an easy walk to the far end of Good Harbor Beach.

You'd think that being at the far end of the beach - far away from the main building and the bathrooms would be a bad thing, but you'd be wrong.  It was still crowded on our part of the beach, but no where NEAR as crowded as in the main area.  

Don't believe me?  Here's the view of the water near our area:

And here is the view from the water looking back towards the beach house:

Everyone in Massachusetts was at the beach, apparently.  The City of Boston must have been empty!

The kids wasted no time and had cooled off in the ocean, played a game of frisbee and checked out the little island off the shore - all in about 30 minutes.

And then they decided to bury Henry in the sand, but gave up when they realized that the sand temperature was way too hot to play with.

Thankfully the water was very cool and refreshing - we spent most of our day in the ocean.

which is where Lily found the largest sea creature / shell I've ever seen in Massachusetts:

Look at the size of this guy!

And look at the size of the sea creature I found!

ha, ha.

I love the beach.  Whenever we go, I wonder why we don't make the trip more often.  Even with our late start and the extreme heat, the day was perfect.  

We were sad to say good-bye to the Southerns, as always.  Their visits are too quick. 

See you in December, Southerns!


Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

We love the beach!!! For us, it takes about 4 hours to get there, though. So glad you all had a good time!~

Martha said...

We are lucky to live relatively close to the shore (about 45 minutes to a nice beach) and we don't go nearly as often as we should. I get lazy and use our annual trip to Beachy Block Island as an excuse!

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