As far back as I can remember, my mom always had a "no TV" rule when we went to the beach. Now there have been exceptions for the years our time at the coast coincided with the Summer Olympics, but from my childhood, that has been the norm.
And so it continues with my family today.
We took several games with us and watched as our littles even created their own card game to entertain themselves.
Another way we entertained ourselves on cool mornings was by adding to our geocache finds. There were three caches within walking distance from our house, so we tackled (and located) all of them. Initially we were having a difficult time locating our first attempt, so the kids literally put their heads together to strategize.
A few minutes later (with a few clues from their daddy) we located the cache and signed the log book.
Our second cache was even more tricky and we almost gave up before we located the tiny drop box.
Thankfully there was lovely scenery to entertain while we pondered.
Then we realized it had been right before our eyes...
Typically when we are at the coast during the summer we spend our entire days swimming and digging in the sand. At this time of year being in the water wasn't quite so enjoyable, so we ended one sunny but cooler day with a round of miniature golf at a place the kids have noticed for years.
You should have seen their expressions when we pulled into the parking lot and parked basically under the helicopter.
There were a few holes in one, a whole lot more calls of "just put down a 5," and many, many giggles. That night we finished with a meal in Calabash at the Seafood Hut...hands down my favorite place to get shrimp on the North Carolina coast.
While I still think that I'll always be a summer beach girl at heart, our week off-season was a good one. It's possible I could now be convinced that spring is a great time to visit one of the Brunswick County beaches!
Posted by Kristi at 10:26 PM
Just down from our home sweet home for the week was a dock.
And where there is a dock, there are excited cries from kids to go fishing.
On our first day we didn't catch any.
There wasn't even a nibble.
Thankfully there was joy in casting. And baiting hooks.
The second day though...that was the day! Ian did a little research on fishing the waterway and we changed tactics.
There was a catch for everyone.
...even if some weren't so sure about this holding a fish thing...
Posted by Kristi at 1:23 PM
We were so blessed to enjoy it in a lovely home that belongs to friends of ours down on the coast. On our first day down we got settled in, grocery shopped, gave Natalie her first glimpse of the ocean, and then had a game night on the living room floor.
Sunday when we woke up the temps were in the 40s and we were looking at a high in the mid 50s with strong wind all day. Not exactly the perfect day for building sand castles, so we packed a lunch and headed to Southport to catch the ferry to Fort Fisher.
This was BY FAR the best $5 we spent during our entire week. The kids were totally amazed that you can drive your car onto a boat and then get out and walk around.
And icing on the cake? I used to babysit for a couple who now live full time near Southport. When the husband retired from his engineering career, he decided to work for the ferry system. As we pulled onto the boat we saw him and he ended up inviting us up for a tour of the wheel house. My boys were BLOWN AWAY with all the steering and radar and buttons and levers. We probably could have turned around, bought another $5 ticket to ride back to Southport and called it a day.
But since we were at Fort Fisher, we took advantage of our NC Zoo membership and had free entry into the state aquarium. We hung with alligators,
touched horseshoe crabs,
were mesmerized by stingrays,
checked out the scuba diver show,
got attacked by a megaladon,
watched a fish feeding,
and admired various statues on the trail out.
It may have been a cold and windy day, but we made the best of it!
And topping the day off with pounds of peel and eat shrimp and shrimpburgers at Provision Company?
Well, it doesn't get much better.
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