As we agreed, I woke Daria up just before the sunrise. We arranged
two chairs in the great room to face the glowing sea. Soon, the red
sun poked up over the horizon. We were amazed at how fast the sun
rises. As it went higher, the sun's intensity eventually grew to the
point where we could no longer look at it. Before that happened,
though, we managed to get some pictures. Daria went back to sleep,
and I did some reading.
Once Syd and Gavin awoke, we had some eggs and ham for breakfast.
Then Syd and I ventured out to the beach while Gavin slept and Daria
did some laundry. The winds were calmer today, which made the beach
much more enjoyable. Syd and I chased crabs as they popped out of
their holes; the larger ones were the slower ones, and we got a good
look at a couple of them. After the beach umbrella was set up, Daria
and Gavin joined us. At one point, all four of us were lying on our
beach towels. We were planning on going to a light house this
morning, but we decided instead to prolong our stay on the beach.
There were more people outside today than we've seen so far this week.
After soup and sandwiches for lunch, Syd and Gavin took a nap. Faced
with some free time, Daria and I read together on the couch. Gavin
was the first to wake up. I managed to get Syd awake and ready to go
out for dinner. We ate at Mako Mike's, a shark themed restaurant.
Syd enjoyed the live shark tank; each of the three sharks were no
bigger than a lizard. I had some blackened mako for dinner - Syd
managed to take a bite so that she can brag to her classmates that she
ate a shark. Gavin was a bit restless, which gave us an excuse to
revisit the shark tank.
Next door was a miniature golf course with a buried treasure theme.
Once we paid for the clubs, we boarded a mine cart train, which took
us on a tour of the course and dropped us off at the first hole. We
didn't bother keeping score, just to introduce Syd to the game. She
was a very eager player. And if the ball missed the hole, she would
simply pick it up and place it right next to the cup. We made it to
the 15th hole before she had enough.
|Back at the beach house, Daria and Syd went into the hot tub while I bathed Gavin. I could feel the effects of being awake since before dawn. So, when Syd went to bed, so did I.|
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