Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Ocean...

We all had a great time at the beach, and we actually lucked out pretty well weather-wise.
The first day we arrived was gorgeous, and we spent a lot of time body surfing and playing in the waves.
There is a nasty riptide that you have to watch out for, so we try to only play in the water when the tide is coming in. Below you can see several of my family members out in the water. I got in a little later, but for obvious reasons, could not take my camera out there with me...teeheehee!!!The temperature of the water is around45-50 degrees, and we often stay in it for up to an hour. When you get out, you literally cannot feel your feet or legs, and you are ravenously hungry. Good way to burn calories, I guess...

Maybe I should move to the ocean??? LOL!!!
Katie was only in for about 20 minutes, and you can see her displeasure at the water temperature.On our second day, we awoke to cloudy skies and rain. It was still beautiful out though, and we decided to head down to Ocean Shores.While there, many of us rode the go-carts and bumper cars...
Better hurry, Eric!!! Auntie Beki and Katie are catching up to you!!!!The wind was blowing and the rain was pelting, but it didn't deter this bunch at all....
My dad-in the red-looked like some kind of deranged hillbilly in his hat, and the seat belt looked like suspenders...lol!!!!After all the fun and games were over, my mom, Katie and I headed back to Moclips, while everyone else stayed and golfed...in the rain!!!! They looked like drowned rats when they finally got back.At high tide, my mom, Katie, and I took a long walk on the beach-the rain had let up somewhat-and then walked upriver. The place we stay at is really neat, because we are near where the Moclips River meets the sea, and there is so much plant and animal diversity there.
Just look at the root system of this tree. It has obviously withstood many years of battery from the fickle ocean tides. Sometimes the roots are submerged by the river, while other times they are exposed for all to see.
We lucked out and were able to watch a pair of river otters as they frolicked and played, but unfortunately, I was unable to get any good shots of them. Talk about cute though!!!!!
Below is Katie standing on the river bank. Doesn't she look like a drowned rat???? LOL!!! Downriver looking towards the ocean...
Another shot from downriver looking up towards the ocean....Anyway...our last day was just as nice as the first, and we spent it beach combing, sunbathing, and horseback riding. My next post will be all about our hour long ride, and the horses that we were on.
Toodles!!!!

8 comments:

Andrea said...

Your dad!! Lol, love it!! It sounds and looks like u guys had fun!! Aren't vacations wonderful??

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I love those photos of the footprints in the sand and your Dad. Great fun! Although I wouldn't be in that water beyond my knees.

WOTD is "butished". it sounds like it should mean something, doesn't it?

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

That all sounds like a blast.

I LOVE those pics of your dad. PRICELESS!

Gail said...

Wonderful photos! Sounds like you all had a blast!

I love the footprints in the sand!

Cara said...

Looks like fun!
Yup, the Pacific Ocean is cold!

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Aw! I miss the ocean! What great memories you guys made this summer! I know I remember my time on the beach when I was your kid's age and I hope they do too. I remember playing with those long eal like seaweed?

That pic of your Dad is funny!

Melanie said...

To all...
Thanks for sharing in my vacation with me. We really did have a good time, and I think that my dad really enjoyed himself. He had three sisters and four daughters, so he never got to do fun "guy" things. Until he got son-in-laws and a grandson, that is...lol!!!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Aww, your Dad is so cute! That photo makes me laugh. Wish my Dad lived closer so we could do fun stuff like that.
I was just thinking about how you all keep active in the rain. I suppose you have to considering how often it rains in your area. If you didn't, you'd probably never leave the house. But that freezing cold water would be the limit for me. Brrr! I think I'd stay on the beach bundled up in a blanket and just wave at you polar bears instead. lol!

~Lisa