Monday, August 07, 2006

News from the Beach


Greetings from the beach! Amanda is feeling fine--thanks for your good wishes and prayers. We drove up here with no traffic, which is a wonderful gift in itself. Our hotel is perfect. Here is Amanda out on the balcony, and the beach is right there behind her. When we got here, we headed right out to the beach. And, this is a first for us who consider the beach Texas, or Florida, or even the Caribbean. It's not hot! Well, okay, we did have our West Coast Oregon days, but we called that the coast, not the beach, because it really was cold, all the time. It has been in the upper 70's, and to be honest, it was so windy today that it was almost cold at the pool.


Kyle did not like the sand. As soon as walked down the stairs into it, he started screaming. It wasn't hot, but I guess he just didn't like it. He likes mud and puddles, but not the sand--wet or dry. He liked the water if we carried him, but still didn't want to walk. We finally convinced him to sit on a towel and play in the sand.













Today we went Whale Watching. It was about an hour out there on the boat, and then because there were SO many whales, we stayed about an hour and a half out there, and then an hour back. They were all around our boat, many times in groups of two and three, which is odd. These pics are of a tail, various parts of two or three whales in a group, and the mouth. They would feed on the fish, and bring their heads out. We saw this multiple times. It was truly awesome. There is also a picture of most of the body as it's coming out of the water.










If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge. Sorry that they aren't in there so nicely, but I don't have time to mess with them (and even if I did, they might still look all crooked).

We ate lunch when we got back to shore, and then came back here and swam in the pool. We ordered pizza in, and Kyle was really ready for bed. He even got in his portacrib while we were sitting around watching TV. We left him alone for 5 minutes, and he was out.

So, nothing monumental to report, and no introspection, but I just thought I'd share! I'll close with a live shot of Amanda, captured by Terry, watching the whales.

11 comments:

Katrina said...

This was great - thanks for the update! Glad Amanda's feeling better. And I have to say - she is looking so grown up in the pictures (our kids are growing up too fast! does that mean we're getting old, too?). We went to Cancun when Camden was just over 2 yrs and he hated the sand with a passion. I ended up buying him a super-cheap pair of sandals that he could wear all week, in the water or out, and he still wanted socks on under them so the sand would not touch his feet!

The whale watching sounds great; I'd love to do that sometime.

Oh, and you look great, too. It will be a long time until I'm ready to appear in a swimsuit again!

Beck said...

That looks like so much fun! When my little guy was 2, he ran into the water at the beach, got his feet wet - and that traumatized him so much that he was scared of his bath for months afterwards. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

You *know* I love the beach.
whale watching...how fun!!!

R.G. said...

The beach vacation sounds wonderful! What beach are you at? The photos and your update really capture it. I'm living vicariously through you!

Hope you continue to have a wonderful vacation...

Happy0303 said...

What great pictures! And how cool to see a breeching whale! Looks like you guys are having a wonderful time!

Heather said...

I'm jealous! Lord, send me! (to the beach, that is, not to be a tortured prophet) Great pics of the whales. The only picture I have that is anything close to those wonderful whale shots is a blurry something that if you look closely, you can just make out two fins from the choppy water (it may take a bit of imagination).

Jennifer said...

We're in Cape Cod (which, by the way, for you non-Northeasteners, is not ritzy. That's what it conjured up for me, but it's just like any other beach town). The tour came from Hyannis. The guide said that this was one of the best ones this year, and this year has been really great for all the whales.

And Heather, you made me chuckle. Jonah got to see whales, too. . . .

Beth in NC said...

I'm personally shocked and astonished that you kept your 2 year old in a boat. Mine would be going over the edge. Now I KNOW he's a wild man. As for the sand, we had water socks for all the kids because of the rocks in the lake, so ours didn't really experience the sand. It probably helped. At VBS, he had to do a handprint in paint and it sent him over the edge. He also screams when he sees playdoh. Oh, here's a thought -- maybe Kyle only likes colored sand that belongs to his sister. :o)

Jennifer said...

Beth--funny funny about the colored sand.

This was a very big boat with 4 feet tall sides. He is a wild man.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Looks like you're having so much fun - the whales are incredible! What an awesome vacation!

Jeannine said...

It looks like you're having a wonderful time. I've never been whale watching before.

One of my sils once gave us enough airplane tickets (from frequent flier miles) that our whole family could fly to southern California for a visit (we had four children at the time--two of whom were still free). We went in July and the it was kind of cold at the beach. We were so surprised. I think it was low 70s and gusty almost the entire time we were there. I'm used to being cold in New Jersey at the beach, but Southern California?