Kevin, the kids, and I went on a picnic with Grandma and Grandpa to a new beach we had never been to before. And I'm wondering why we haven't explored this area more earlier! I told Kevin I wish we lived somewhere beautiful.
Not that the place I live isn't beautiful... it is just different. I miss the mossy green trees and the fern covered floor kind of forest. I miss beautiful tall redwoods and knobbly old myrtle woods.
We recently went on a hike to see the largest myrtle wood tree in the state. Our windows were up our whole drive there, so when I opened the door the most crisp, sweet, beautiful smell of the forest spilled in through the opening.
My first words were literally "It smells so good here!"
What a beautiful gorgeous world our Heavenly Father created for us. Below are a few pictures of the new (to us), beautiful beach we explored last week. It was so magical!
When we arrived on the beach there was a beautiful shallow tidal pool, about 15 feet back from the actual breaking of the waves and beginning of the ocean. It was not your typical tidal pool, with sea animals and plants, but more like a flooded portion of the beach, fed by a freshwater creek coming down from the mountains and the crashing tide of the ocean.
I felt like we were in a beautiful, tropical, pirates cove. It was fantastic! Kay even found a dead jelly-like fish! Apparantley, it was a Velella Velella. And Tucker, of course, had a lot of fun. He ran. And ran....and then he ran. There was lots to see, you know.
The kids even made new friends.
It never ceases to amaze me how outgoing my children are. I love that they are not afraid to be kind to and get to know others. I could really learn from their example. I wish I didn't avoid talking to new people like the plague. It really should not be such a scary thing, after all. People, overall, are good and kind and friendly.
The kids found a giant washed up log and had Kevin help them push it into the water. Then they all grabbed sticks and rowed the log all over our private little lagoon. It looked fun. And I would have joined them, and I actually tried, but I weighed to much and sunk the whole boat. Woops.
Before we left, I ran over to the north side of the beach to take pictures of an area Kevin, Kay, and I had explored when we first got there. It was beautiful, with two small waterfalls coming directly out of the rock face that created a stream that wound its way down the beach and into the ocean. It was breathtaking and I couldn't leave without pictures.
If the amount of sand you leave the beach covered in is any indication of how much you enjoyed yourself...then our kids had a blast. They got some good spray downs and some warm baths as soon as we got home and then it was time to put our happy little sleepyheads to bed.
I desperately wish my house was a five minute drive from the beach. I could so do days like this every day. For a long time. But for now, I'll close my eyes and just pretend that we never have to leave and I get to take my kids to the ocean any ole' time I want. So there.