This is Ravyn's first time to the ocean and I am more than excited to see how she reacts. After parking, we strap her into her new princess umbrella stroller and away we go, down to the board walk, past the shops some of them open but many closed for the season. Remember, it's only January 12th, so don't expect too much. I see the Gay Dolphin is open, mental note, make sure to take Tanya in there after beach time and show her the Faerie figurines.
The beach is as beautiful as ever, I am more than happy to be here. I had a rocky beginning to the trip, but won't go into detail. Just know, by the time we finally made it and I was able to walk in the sand and wade in the surf, I had reached an emotional crisis. Thankfully Manannán mac Lir welcomed me and wrapped his healing over me.
I was so excited to see her overcome her fear as quickly as she did. She even got some sea water in her mouth, and made funny faces til Mommy brought her something to drink to get the salt out of her mouth.
She tried to pick one up and got all upset when she erased it. OMG I forgot to tell you... she's an expert at dropping the F Bomb! We were in the grocery on Sunday and outta the blue here comes plain as day f%$#. People were looking at us like we were crazy, so I started saying truck, Papa's at work in his truck. Ravyn was having NO part of that, but she did stop and let us get the groceries paid for and back in the truck before she began again, LOL!! Yes, I know it's not really funny, but if you knew our family, you would see even at 18 months, she fits right in...
After the beach we drove over to Broadway on the Beach and went to Ripley's Aquarium and again had such a great time! Ravyn loved the fishes and she even touched a Ray and a Horseshoe crab. I particularly liked the little tank with the different species of seahorses. I was so engrossed in watching them float around, everyone else kinda moved on and left me there at that tank. I think all in all we spent about 2 hours at the aquarium taking our time seeing the exhibits and just enjoying the time together as family.
We wrapped up our trip at Hard Rock Cafe where we enjoyed some awesome yummies. Our server there was so cool, he said he has been with the company for quite a few years. Let me tell you, if every eating establishment had just one person like this guy, there would many happy customers all across the country.
Back in the truck, GPS set to home and off we go. Of course it's dark and I can't see much, but we did take the route that drove us right by Kenny Chesney's North Carolina home. I'm going back in the daylight to take some pictures. It's a beautiful sight at night with all the lights, I can only imagine what it looks like by the light of day.
So, there you have a wrap up of our little road trip this past Saturday. Have I told you recently how much I LOVE having our own transportation with the bonus if it being large enough to seat all of us with NO problems? I see many more day trips on the horizon... LOL!!!