No trip to the shore is complete with out water and waves. There is something exhaustively wonderful about getting beat up by mother ocean. Nothing says complete vacation like sand in your trunks and salt in your eyes and nose.
While our house was on the bay and we had tons of fun in the wave free waters, we did venture out to the beaches with waves a couple of times. You can run...but you can't hide!
As I learned this year, there is a fine art to catching the right wave. There are also better locations for wave breaks then others. We researched the best wave beaches in the area and found that it is indeed less painful when the waves break away from the beach and not right on the sand.
Each day we were at the waves, the kids (big kids included) entered the water as soon as we got there and did not leave the water until we left 6 hours later. The young kids crashed on the car ride home and the older kids had VERY sore muscles the next day.
And while the waves were a lot of fun, there was a lot of great splashing to be had in the bay as well. Emily preferred the the calmness of the bay and no one else seemed to mind the relaxing swim either. Though, it was easier to feel the sea life on your toes when the water was still.
What a wonderful blessing to enjoy the beauty of God's creation with lovely family and friends. Thank you Lord for blessing us with the time, opportunity and people to enjoy this vacation with. Amen.