Saturday 23 January 2010: Spontaneous Beach Trip: Part 2
We awoke Saturday morning to a sky full of blue. The guys were in the kitchen fixing a fantastic breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage and my good friend and I were enjoying the view of the bright and sunny day from the couch with a coffee in our hands. I know, we sound totally spoiled but the boys do pride themselves on their "camping breakfast". They do this for us every time we all travel together. And we appreciate it. I promise you, WE DO!
After breakfast and my daughter's "attempted nap", we decided to load up in the cars and drive south a couple of miles to the head of a cool hiking trail. The weather was amazing. It was actually warm enough for me to just get by with a fleece vest instead of my winter coat. And it's January still. The kids ran ahead down the trail, stopping to wait for us to catch up. Due to a previous storm, there were enormous trees that had fallen down because of the over saturation of water in the ground. These trees just tipped over and pulled the roots up as they fell. The roots are monstrous. They are enormous. We stood next to a few and they were still twice the height size as we were. Don't you worry, I have pictures to prove it!
The bottom of the trail opened up to the vast ocean. There were lots of various clouds in the sky with patches of bright blue speckled in between. The sight was.....and again I am not exaggerating, AMAZING! People were out surfing, walking their dogs, setting up tripods, and doing everything that they could to enjoy the day. We walked out to the water, the kids threw rocks, we enjoyed a little picnic, and yes, we took pictures. My husband walked around with the camera for a while as he secretly would really like to have one too. "But not now", he says, "later". So I always try to give him the camera when are are visiting scenic places like this. He took some great shots of my daughter and I walking out towards the ocean. He caught our silhouettes and shadows as we were walking side by side.
After our hike, we headed back to the house for a little BBQ before our family headed for home. It was a quick trip for us, but so so so worth it! Our friends asked if our son could stay until the next day and they would bring him home, he was beyond excited about that. As we drove away from the beacj, we couldn't help but feel so completely lucky and blessed with our life and everything that it provides for us. We have good good friends who make little quick and spontaneous trips like this so easy. I think that every family should have friends like this. Things are never planned on the calendar with us, because get togethers are constantly popping up out of the blue. Spontaneous people need spontaneous friends and we are lucky and we are blessed because we have a close family friendship like this.
Another fun-filled family vacation together. Another experience of "making traditions". (This is our quote that we always refer to when something totally fun and awesome is happening).
"In the words of Bobby Brown....
We love you!