This past weekend we took a mini-vacation (read: one-night stay) in Eastham, MA, right above the "elbow" of Cape Cod.
We drove down on Saturday morning, stopping once at McDonald's for a little lunch. Traffic was surprisingly not bad, so we were there in a couple of hours. After stopping to drop off our stuff and change into swimsuits, we headed right off to First Encounter Beach!
Breezy, sandy BLISS!
I don't know what this pose was, but it's too funny not to post!
First order of business: Digging!
The tide was out so there was plenty of beach to play on, and the water that remained was warm and lovely. Aurelia took to the water like a fish and spent most of her time wading.
Looking for hermit crabs
Dashiell did a lot of digging, some wading, and a ton of "collecting".
Dig, dig, dig...
Most of his time was spent in this position -
crouched over, searching for the best shells and rocks
I have to say I love this little series of pictures - Aurelia mimicking everything Rick does:
There was a lovely breeze that day, so we busted out our kite! It caught the breeze immediately and was a cinch to fly!
Rick nearly fell asleep while the kite was in the air.
(note Dashiell crouched in the background, collecting more shells...)
Bringing the kite back in.
It's flying strong, a mere 3 feet over my head.
It was a great afternoon at the beach!
That night we drove up to Provincetown (the very tip of the Cape) to look for some food and wander through the crowds. Rick yelped the best family restaurants, and found the Mayflower Cafe. Now, I'm sure we've walked right past this restaurant a million times and never once thought to stop in. It's directly in the center of everything, but it honestly isn't much to look at. However it was the perfect choice! The food was great, the staff was friendly, they had crayons for the kiddos, and everything was reasonably priced. Since we weren't sure if the kids would actually eat seafood, we ordered them the old standby, grilled cheese. We also ordered ourselves a plate of fried calamari as an appetizer. As soon as the calamari arrived, Aurelia was ON IT. She ate just as much calamari as Rick and I did!
Didn't touch her grilled cheese, which worked out okay since Dashiell was still hungry after eating his, so she graciously shared. Dashiell tried the calamari but was not impressed.
After dinner we wandered a bit more, marveled at a green sparkly pants suit on one of the drag queens we saw, did a little shopping, and ended the night with some yummy ice cream.
The next day we woke early (of course), grabbed some breakfast, and made our way to Thumpertown Beach. The tide was just going out again, so there was plenty of beach to explore.
My new favorite picture of Aurelia.
She was walking toward me as I was trying to take the
picture and I thought for sure it wouldn't turn out!
The kids on the beach! I had to crop the photo from this:
Stranger's bum photo bomb! Doh!
Seriously - in heaven. This girl loves the beach!
After spending a lovely morning on the beach, it was time to clean up, pack up, and drive back home. We made one quick stop at a store in Orleans - Snows - because we knew they had a huge train display set up. We were too early to see the Christmas train display, but Dashiell was still thrilled with the year-round display.
Entranced. This was just one small corner of the set up.
The drive back was not as quick as the drive there, but we got home just in time for bed! It was a whirlwind mini-vacation for sure, but one that we hope to repeat soon!