Monday, October 10, 2011
One last bit of summer
The calendar might say October, but it was 85 degrees yesterday, so I decided we needed one more trip to the beach.
I'd recently realized that we could get to the beach and still have the all-important nap if we left the house at nap time and packed a picnic dinner. That meant Lucy could sleep in the car, and we'd arrive as she woke up, have a few hours to play, a picnic on the beach, a quick change into pjs, and then drive home at bedtime. So I'd searched online for the nearest nice-sounding beach, and found one in Connecticut, an hour and forty minutes away (had Google's directions not led us astray, but oh, well, it'll be fast next time).
It was perfect. A small beach in a quiet neighborhood of modest homes, no walk from the parking lot to the beach (and yet, you didn't feel like you were beside a road), a long stretch of beach to walk on past gorgeous unspoiled land, and millions and millions of treasures to find. Seriously, the slipper shells were a foot deep in places, and we packed our whole picnic basket full of them!
And the driftwood! Ooh, I was in driftwood heaven, dreaming of mobiles and Joel-esque creations.
Today, Lucy and I set up a bin of beach treasures for the children to explore tomorrow.
(And I finally realized that I could bring home all those stinky crab shells I like so much, as long as I set them up for exploration outdoors, rather than trying to put them on our nature table.)
It was the perfect getaway, one I can't wait to repeat.