We Made It To the Beach After All

Thursday, September 18, 2008





Just as I'd finished lamenting how the summer was over and we hadn't made it to the beach once, we came upon a particularly warm (sweltering) weekend. After melting all day last Saturday at the kids' soccer games, we decided seize the opportunity to make Sunday a beach day. We packed a picnic, some buckets and other essentials and headed to Sandbridge Beach, a perfect secluded local spot in southern Virginia Beach. It turned out to be a glorious day and was well worth the 40 minute drive. The breeze was perfect and the water cool and refreshing.
It was Jackson's first experience in the sand and surf and he absolutely had a blast(as is evident in the photos). By the end of the day he had sand in every crevice, of course, but he didn't eat it by the handfuls like many kids, so that was a plus.
We spotted a couple of ghost crabs, found lots of seashells, a skate egg case and a partial horseshoe crab (Did you know these guys have been around for 540 million years?!). We were even treated to a helicopter flyover courtesy of the United States Military. So, even though we made the trip late in the season, we made it with a bang. And I now feel ready to welcome a crisp colorful Autumn.


By the way, if you love exploring nature like we do, check out this awesome site to help you discover and research wildlife local to your area. Way cool, huh?
Amy said...

Looks like you had an awesome day...great pictures, by the way. The link to enature is great - my boys will have fun with that one.

Enjoying reading your blog...knew it was right up my alley when I read the quote about the village...

Elizabeth said...

I'm from Va Beach, but now I'm up in PA. But I have 3 little boys, and I love taking them to False Cape SP (in VAB). It's a beautiful area (at anytime of the year) and has wonderful opportunities to teach kids about wildlife & nature. I ran into your blog and it took me a while to realize you're from Hampton Roads - so it's always fun to see what's going on down south (and to get ideas when I come to visit!).

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