We have returned from another vacation at Long Beach, WA.
"Anchored on Washington’s southwestern-most coast, the Long Beach Peninsula is rich in tradition, raw beauty and award-winning lodging and dining establishments. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, this vacation destination is a refuge for migrating birds and people seeking the solace of a seaside retreat.
Two lighthouses, military forts, museums and interpretive centers illuminate the Peninsula’s rich history. It is here, where the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean meet, that Lewis and Clark realized President Jefferson's quest. Today’s visitors find a wealth of attractions to feed an inquisitive mind and an adventurous spirit."
We frequently stay at The Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort. The Lighthouse Resort is located several miles from the hustle and bustle of town & the boardwalk. The beach is serene and quiet. The best part - the resort is DOG FRIENDLY! They feature dog wash stations where you can hose Fido off with warm water after each trip to the beach. They even provide towels.
I have lived in NC and spent many a summer on the Outer Banks. I have vacationed at Cape Cod. Long Beach truly is the Cape Cod of the west, albeit with cooler water.
Every morning we got up at dawn, before the kids were awake and walked down to the beach. Early mornings on the beach are tranquil, private and beautiful. Unlike the five horrible children back at the condo.
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The tide was on its way out, leaving untouched sand behind.
Until Beth...It is impossible for Beth to stand still. Especially on the beach. She circles, spins, paces, spins, circles, bounces, leaps...you get the picture.
Just throw the ball - the best way to stop sand carnage.
Everyone gets into ball time! They succeed together
They fail together..
Ranger fails more than most...
Then there are the moments where he shines, then crashes into the other dogs.
But he doesn't care. He is at one with the ball. Ranger, Ball Zen.
Crazy Ball Addicts.
This morning the green sea foam was abundant. Bonnie tasted it...then barfed
"So, what ....I drink salt water and hurl. Big deal...just throw the damn ball".
Brynn thought the water looked funky too. "Yep, Ma...tastes like Dad's neck after work".
Ranger and Bonnie investigated...shortly after joined by Beth & Brynn.
Together they checked it out. Together they were submerged by a icky green wave.
But they brought the ball back. Amazing they could see it in that dark green sea foam.
Green Sea Foam Ooze can't thwart our ball skills
Later in the day - Due to sneaky manipulative teenagers who tricked me into a bet that was impossible to win - I too experienced the green ooze, up close and personal.
The kids handed me a boogie board and forced me into the surf. Note: I am the widest one of the clan.
The Pacific Ocean is FREAKING COLD. Things shriveled up I didn't even know I had. I am thankful for the blubber though. Whales have the right idea...
My son, Zach appointed himself my 'protector' and 'boogie board trainer' while all the other kids laughed among themselves. Zach truly is his mothers son. He is evil, pure unadulterated evil. But I love him - I have too, it is in the rule book.
He told me how to wade out to the waves, wait for a good one...then turn toward the shore, jump up, and hang on. Mind you, never trust an teenage boy whose main objective in life is to see his mother dunked.
Gee thanks for the lesson Zach. Much appreciated. He said "turn around Mom, I will tell you when to jump - right before the wave hits you".
In the photo below: Zach's head is to the left. You cannot see my head because I am completely submerged under the wave - but you can just make out my board. I could hear Zach's cackling laughter over my shrieking. Evil child.
It only took about ten waves for me to catch on. Believe it or not, once you get used to the cold..It is FUN! My arms still hurt...
"Ma, Ma, Ma! Don't leave me behind!"
Poor Ranger, left out of the surfing fun.
"Who Me? I don't care if she drowns, just keep throwing the ball, okay".
Stay tuned tomorrow for More Vacation Fun!
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