Monday, October 25, 2010

A Day at the Beach

Yesterday, Zack was invited to a play date with a school friend, and I got to go along.  Our destination?  A private hideaway beach!

Zack had never been on a boat, so he was a little nervous at first, but all it took was opening up those engines and he was hooked.


My father used to have a boat, and I'd forgotten how much I loved riding along, watching the wake, just letting my mind wander.


When we arrived at the beach, we joined up a bunch of other couples and their children.  Apparently everyone shows up each weekend for fun and camaraderie. 

Over time, the kids and dads had built a cool driftwood shelter...


The tide was extra-low, so there was a lot of opportunity for beach combing.  I have a fondness for smooth little rocks that strike my fancy for no special reason, so I ended up with laden-down pockets.  I even found a couple of pieces of sea glass.


I didn't have to worry about Zack very much -- he was in heaven.  He got to go out in rides on a dinghy with an outboard motor, dig up and bury anyone's feet who would let him, and build any number of sand castles.  He also tried his hand at fishing with a kid-sized fishing rod.


I wandered around the shoreline for a while, taking some pictures of the rough edges of the beach.  


The day ended with a few small fireworks being set off , and then Zack's playmate's dad let Zack steer the boat almost the entire way home.  He was ecstatic.

What a wonderful way to spend a 72° day in October!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

29 comments:

  1. That's such a lovely way to spend a day with your son. I'm sure you will both treasure the memory.

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  2. Wow! What a great day ... these are the times of your life!

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  3. Wish I was there! I love to pick up rocks to use in jewelry!

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  4. I love his happy smiling face in the first picture! A glorious day for everyone.

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  5. Looks like a great time! The perfect day for some R&R.

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  6. How wonderful! Great pictures!

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  7. That looks like so much fun!

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  8. That was kind of a vicarious vacation for the readers, too. Thanks!

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  9. That is one great day! Yea for fun with friends on the beach. And 72 degrees sounds like a dream. (It was like 45 degrees and rainy!) Great memories. Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  10. Wow that sounded awesome and looked like such a wonderful time. The greatest day for two kids! What a playdate...and a private Island how much better can you get that that. I know you really enjoyed that too Lori! Nice!

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  11. Wow, sounds like heaven! A beach full of driftwood, pebbles and sea glass - my kind of place. Bet you both enjoyed the day immensly!

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  12. Looks like a fantastic day! It's wonderful that you are creating beautiful memories like this with Zack ♥ Thanks for sharing!

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  13. You took me to a relaxing outing too through those great pictures you shared. Zack was having fun indeed and some profound time (where he is standing with a fishing pole.)

    Looking forward to see what you do with those sea glass, Lori. Take care- Dita.

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  14. Wow, what a treasured memory! Cherish every second -- my baby started college this fall.

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  15. what a great day! your son is wonderful- yes, great memories...

    karen

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  16. Looks like a gorgeous day out!

    Karyn

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  17. What a wonderful day for all of you. Zack will always remember this happy day (and so will you!) I loved your pix and it's so nice to see them large size on your new (newish?) template.

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  18. What a great day! I so love the beach (and end up in Texas, what a shame!). Your son will have that love of the beach, too, after a day like this. Love the photos! Thanks for sharing it all with us, the land-locked ones! --SallyA

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  19. What a wonderful day! Zach looks like he is having a ball.

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  20. What a beautiful day and fun experience! I wish I was kicking along the waters edge there too with all that great bounty! Glad you had such a nice time and it was great meeting you finally at the workshop saturday!

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  21. Wish I could be there. Here in Germany it's almost freezing...

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  22. My boys love the beach - it's like adventure land!

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  24. What an enjoyable day for the two of you!

    I wish I had a friend with a private beach-HA!

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  25. How adorable is your little guy?!? And the fun you all had is priceless! Days like these are so needed and such a treat for the heart and soul :)

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  26. Lori, that sounds like my kind of day! The beach-combing and watching the water part, that is! :-) I love to collect rocks too and I'm always on the look out for heart-shaped rocks. Now Collin does the same. The shelter and photo of all of the drifwood is pretty cool!

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  27. One of the advantages of a private school. I have heard they only get better as time goes on. Sounds like you both had a blast and what wonderful memories.

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  28. Zach is adorable, what a fun day! Riki

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  29. What fun -- I am so envious! Will you make jewelry with your sea glass?

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