I can't believe it, but this is my 50th blog post!
Wow! I must have matured this summer because that is two projects (my garden and my blog) that I haven't given up on.
Hmmm . . . I wonder what I can tackle next?
Anyhoo, for my 50th blog post I want to talk about one of my most favourite places in the entire world . . .
New River Beach!
Unfortunately, it takes about an hour for us to drive there, hence the high-fiving in the picture above. But let me tell ya, it is so worth it. The long drive, the packing and every time I had to pull the car over to tell the boys "if you keep it up we are turning around", pale in comparison to how much fun we have here. It's the best place on earth!
And I have been to other beaches. Last summer we took the kids to Old Orchard Beach, which was very cool with its huge waves, its crowd of beach goers and, our favourite, its beachside carnival, but still it was no New River.
Last winter our family went on a cruise and we spent an afternoon at Magen's Bay in St. Thomas. This was a beautiful beach!! The water was warm and crystal clear,the beach was surrounded by lush, green trees, and, my favourite part of the whole day, it was HOT! But still, it was no New River.
Yikes! Look past the awful "mom arms" and you will see the beautiful Magen's Bay in the background.
For those of you familiar with New River, you will know that the water is absolutely freezing, that the air temperature is usually a good 10' C below what it was at your house when you left, they charge you $8 just to park your car, and to top it all off there is the fog! It could be bright and sunny your entire drive there, but the beach could be engulfed in a thick blanket of fog. Going to New River Beach is always a gamble!
Ugh! So, what's the attraction?
This is the beach I grew up on.
This is where my kids will grow up.
And this is where my friends hang out.
That's why I love it!
It's the memories and the people.
The other thing I love about New River Beach is that as you stand along the shoreline and watch the waves roll in one and after another, never taking a break, you feel small, very small. All of your cares and worries seem insignificant standing before the majestic Atlantic Ocean, and I find comfort in this.
Yesterday was our first New River Beach day of the season, and like the other million and a half times I have been there, it was a fantabulous day!
We met up nine other families so that meant there was no shortage of friends for the boys to play with.
Like always, the best part about our trip to the beach was the snacking!