he is usually really good in the car, but yesterday he cried and complained almost the entire time. so it was a really long 2.5 hour drive to the beach. ugh. he napped for about 15 minutes, and he looks so sweet here... but don't let it fool you, he was a beast.
the temperature out was good, but a storm was heading for the coast, so it was super windy. the water felt great, and it was nice to cool off in it, but as soon as we would get out of the ocean, the wind would cover us in a layer of sand. at times the gusts were so strong that it felt like we were being sandblasted. it was pretty awful. despite the terrible wind, we had a good time. and we weren't the only crazy ones out swimming in the wind, there were so many people further down the beach.
we packed a cooler with lunch, but the wind made our sandwiches crunchy, so it was hard to enjoy any of it. danny was snacking on some chips, and made the mistake of throwing one up to a seagull. within seconds there were about 20 of them flying over his head and trying to dive bomb him for more. he threw the bag of chips in the air and ran away. it was hilarious. malcolm and i watched the whole thing from afar, and it was kind of like watching the birds, haha. i didn't have my camera with me, but the image in my head still makes me laugh. here are a few that hung out waiting to see if we would share some chips with them.
we also saw a crab on the shore. it was washing up with each tide, and then it would run sideways back towards the water. it was seriously so fun to watch. every time the water would hit him, he would get knocked over, and then he would stand back up and his little black eyes would pop up on top of his head! it was awesome. we all laughed and screamed at him, over and over and over. it was the highlight of my day, well that and danny getting chased by the birds :)
malcolm was laughing at the gulls
he liked playing in the sand and exploring in the grass, more than swimming in the water. i think the waves and water in his face scared him. he must have got that from me ;)
i love the trees that grow near the beach
we only stayed about 3 hours, because the wind was so annoying. and we had all soaked in a lot of sun, which we are now paying for today. all of us (except malcolm) are sunburned. danny got it the worst. he looks like a lobster. i did a really good job of keeping malcolm covered in sunblock, but i forgot to reapply it to myself. the wind made our spray sunscreen really hard to use, and rubbing in sunblock on top of a layer of sand (which we were covered in constantly) was hard to do. ugh. sunburn is the worst.
we have also agreed that the next time we make another trip, we will stay in a hotel on the beach, instead of driving back to raleigh right after we are all waterlogged and exhausted. it was fun to see and play in the ocean, but next time i hope the weather is better and that we plan out our trip a little better.