Friday, August 29, 2008

Cape Cod-Day 4-Thursday

We had a great day yesterday and did more of what a true summer vacation might be, which is hang out on the beach. The kids had a great time just playing in the sand and digging large holes with shovels and buckets. And of course, as the quintessential dad, I was out there helping out, getting covered in sand and on my hands and knees. We pretty much spent the whole day out there, and it was a blast.

The beaches here are beautiful, our tax dollars at work. They remind me of Long Island in a way, crowded with city folks and lots of umbrellas, ice chests and boogie boards. And, the surfers are, for the most part, a bunch of kooks, but at least they're trying.

We spent the greater part of the day just playing on the beach, not doing much of anything, actually, and like I said, it was great. We changed our rhythm somewhat and vowed not to eat out after our horrible experience at the horrid Lobster Shanty, and after the beach had a nice dinner at home on the grill. Can't tell you how nice it was to eat at home.

One thing about the beach is that it's a bit expensive to go to, $15 to park and now way getting around that. Even if you ride your bike there they charge you, which I think is lame, but it's a vacation. How do the locals pull it off? There is a shuttle that takes you from the parking lot to the beach and the kids got a kick out of that, and once we were there, we staked out our place, pitched out tent, and had fun.

We've been lucky with the nice weather, though if anything it was cold and windy, making the water absolutely unappealing. But, the kids wanted to swim, so I had to take the plunge, and man was I suffering. The wind makes it almost unbearable, but these are the things you do for your children, right? I tried to teach them how to body surf, but in the end, what's there to teach? Moral support is what it's all about. To really get into it, you need to get out in the deeper water and I think the kids are not ready for that.

Having said that, however, since they are so young, they had a lot of fun just body surfing in the whitewater near the shore. They had a lot of fun, they didn't want to get out, but as I mentioned, it was cold and eventually bodily needs took over and we had to get out.

Our vacation is more than half over. On Sunday we'll head back home. Until then, thanks for reading.

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