Monday, July 14, 2008

Time Keeps on Slippin', or, The Three-Week-Old Beach Post

Now that our house has become THE Death Valley for laptops everywhere, it has taken me some time to post about our beach trip we took three whole weeks ago. It feels like it was three whole YEARS ago, and that might work in your favor...

Fresh off the beach I would have been tempted to post a thousand photos and wax ecstatic about every detail of the trip. Now I can sum it up more concisely, in a few highlights.

The Pirate Cruise

Best recreational money I ever spent on a vacation. A two hour cruise on a replica pirate ship where the WHOLE time the crew stays in character, the kids are kept busy, and the parents get margaritas. If you ever go to PCB with little ones (2-8 years old) you must do this.
Pirate-y activities include a water gun attack on an innocent tour boat, swabbing the deck, face painting, pirate limbo & chicken dance, treasure hunting with REAL treasure submerged in the ocean, a great & entertaining pirate crew, stories from the captain, sword fighting, and downtime for moms & dads. Click here for the awesomeness.


Great Friends

Steph & Amy


Pirate Pals find their loot. We buried a plastic container and filled it with beads and lollipops and garish fake plastic jewelry. Marked it with an 'X' and somehow stumbled upon it with shovels.


The Big Boys plan mutiny...


Great Beach Time

The weather was cloudy and that cooled it down enough to go the beach every single day. No sunburns! No heat stroke! The sand was clean and our part of the beach was very private and not crowded at all. Plus, there was some really great...


Wildlife

I have never in my life seen a sea turtle just out in the wild. This one was as big as a basketball and leisurely swam along the shoreline. We walked alongside her for as long as we could!


This was truly horrifying.
Hubs and I were headed for a night walk on the beach when his flashlight pinpointed this humongous wolf spider on the porch. It was the size of a baby tarantula, and we got everybody outside to look at it. When Tyler tried to shoo it off the porch, a BAZILLION BABY SPIDERS scattered all over the place and we all went completely ballistic.
Let me say that again... a BAZILLION BABY SPIDERS.
A BAZILLION. It still haunts my dreams. I have never seen anything like it outside of horror movies.


A few days were full of jellies, and some kids beside us on the beach were netting them and putting them in a bucket. It was cool. And creepy.



"Cwabs!!! Snap-snap! Cwab cwab cwab! It SNAP YOU!"

Lots more pictures in our Flickr albums - link's on the sidebar over there to the right...

8 comments:

AmySandy said...

You know, I love the way you write, Steph. It's so colorful...and concise. I should take lessons...

Hey, is this actually a short comment? Wow...but if I don't shut up it will get longer and longer...

Artist Unplugged said...

Amy's right, you are an artist of a writer for sure. That pirate ship sounds awesome, did Finn just love it? The hidden pirate booty was such a cute idea.

Name: The Bryant Family said...

We are going to have to do that pirate ship sometime!

Beth said...

I love the picture of his head just peeking out of the sand, know wonder there were no burns :)

Steve and Stepher said...

Looks as though everyone had a fabu time. Aren't vacas the BEST?! We never travel w/other people; do you get to relax sharing a house w/so many others? It would help to slice the expenses, so that's always good.

We've been fortunate to encounter wild sea turtles on several trips - usually when we're out west on the Pacific Ocean; we saw dozens throughout Hawaii and our resort in Mexico had an extensive protection program: http://www.mayanresorts.org/tx_law.htm

We'll have to check out your photos. We recently added you as a family contact on Flickr. =)

fairyboookmother said...

I can verify the bazillion spider thing -- I found one in the garden a few weeks ago, ran inside to tell Jesse, "hey, there's a spider out here that looks like a frog!", he took pics & told me that no, that's not a frog-spider, it's a mother wolf-spider carrying her young, and I just died. I saw the close up of the pic, and really really just died all over again. the texture of the 8 x 1,000,000,000 legs holding on to mama's booty and I felt a lifetime of gross-outs in one sitting. *shudder, cringe*

Fairybookmother said...

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/07/17/funny-pictures-spider-wuz-huge/

:)

Fairybookmother said...

um, that didn't work -- take two...

http://tinyurl.com/5v2dcj

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