I was awakened by the sunlight filtering through the blinds. I peeked
out and watched the later part of the sunrise over the ocean while
sitting on the porch hammock swing. Then I woke up Syd to see the
beautiful, sunny, cloudless morning sky. She was a little dazed, but
soon became excited by the sun and the waves; it suddenly occurred to
her - we're at the beach! We rushed through breakfast, grabbed our
swimsuits, towels and the beach umbrella, and walked down to the
The water was at low tide. We made some sandcastles right where the
sand started to get wet. The wind was stronger, and it kept uprooting
our beach umbrella. Later, Daria and Gavin joined us. We came up
with a good strategy for planting the umbrella: dig a deep hole, stick
in the umbrella, then pack on sand, wet with water and repeat until
there is a big mound of wet hard sand keeping the umbrella in place.
Gavin was reclining in his bouncy chair, and Daria relaxed in her
beach chair. Soon, both kids wanted to go back inside. I grabbed
them both while Daria gathered up the supplies. I started playing
with Gavin and Syd; this distraction allowed Daria to return to the
beach for an uninterrupted relaxing session in her chair with her
book. When everyone started getting hungry, we called her back in;
she said that she had seen some dolphins surfacing just offshore.
After we ate lunch, the excitement died down. We used this down time
to unpack and settle in to the house. We even got out a 1000-piece
puzzle that we had bought back when we were married but never put it
together. Eventually, both children were napping, and Daria and I had
the house to ourselves. But that didn't last long; Gavin was the
first to awaken.
We planned to go out to eat at Quagmires, one of our favorite
restaurants that we discovered here 5 years ago during our honeymoon.
So, we showered and dressed up a little, then hit the road. We
eventually found the place, but the parking lot was empty. The
restaurant did not post any business hours; it was obvious that the
place was closed, but we wanted to know why. We drove around until we
found Kelly's, a nicer place that we also had visited during our
honeymoon. The server told us that Quagmires was only open Thursday -
Saturday during the off season (e.g. pre-Memorial Day weekend). But
our meal was enjoyable, once we adjusted ourselves from expecting
Mexican to seafood instead. Both children were very well behaved.
We returned home at sunset, and decided to jump in the hot tub.
Luckily, Gavin fell asleep, leaving Daria, Syd and I to enter the tub
together. The tub was located on the upper deck, facing the ocean.
We were under a starry sky, and the moon was three-quarters full.
With the ocean waves pounding in the background, the setting was very
tranquil. [We had learned from yesterday's experience not to turn on
the jets while Syd was in the water.] This was a great, relaxing way
to cap a wonderful day.
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