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Last week we went to a beach that I am almost embarrassed to admit we had never been to before. It took visiting friends looking for a beach trip to get us there!
This beach (Long Beach, part of the Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation) had been recommended to us many times, as being close and beautiful with reasonable parking charges! But, not being huge beach fans (sand… just a bit irritating!), we preferred to stick to the small beach at Breakheart, along with enjoying the novelty of lake swimming.
However, I will fully admit to having been completely won over by this beach. It was huge, the beach stretched on and on, an expanse of beautiful pale sand; the view was simply stunning. And the sand, well it was so fine the irritation factor was just not there, it flowed over your feet; no scratchy, bitty, sticky stuff! There were restrooms, plenty of parking spots and it was pristine. I can imagine long walks here in the winter as well as swimming and sandcastle building in the summer.
I will apologise now for the number of photos, which I have whittled down… It was beautiful, the kids had an amazing time and I took a lot of photos!
It was a gorgeously warm and sunny day and when we arrived, the first words out of the kids mouths were this is awesome!
But then, this was the view…
The first request was to go and splash in the sea. None of us could resist, so off we set. The tide was out, so it was quite a walk down to the sea.
Once we reached the waters edge all three of the kids ran in. The water, being the Atlantic, was chilly, but on such a hot day it was wonderfully refreshing. There was lots of splashing and wave jumping, on a small scale (and a larger one for the bigger boys!).
There were unexpected waves – resulting in a suddenly very wet wee girl! – and lots of shells to find.
And, there was the biggest sea snail ever!
The kids wanted to know why the beach was so wide, and we explained that the tide was out. They then wondered if it was still going out or if it was coming back in, so my husband drew an arrow in the sand so that we could see. It was coming in :)
As I stood and took photos of everyone having such an amazing time, this was my view.
Eventually the 5yo and the wee girl asked to go back up the beach and play in the sand. The wee girl was interested in how her feet seemed to sink and slip, resulting in a precarious, almost doing the splits, position! They spent some time playing in the fine, dry sand; running it through fingers and burying toes, before moving down into wetter sand to dig.
Bad mummy had forgotten to put the sand toys in the car, but a few big shells served as spades and they had a great time digging. I love how they sat next to each other, occasionally turning to see what the other was doing.
While they played happily, I had a moment to lie back and simply enjoy the moment. This was what I could see. Pretty much perfect.
I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!