A few weeks ago we took a quick trip to the ocean. I had wanted to go since Quinn had never seen the ocean, and since we are studying marine life this year in science. We were planning on going to OC, New Jersey, but after hearing that biohazardous medical waste was washing up on several NJ beaches, we changed our mind! LOL!
I was having serious decision making issues over a hotel, (I was still on overload from Mexico, I think) so we just drove there and found a hotel once we arrived! It was great, too! Right on the beach, a room overlooking a beautiful atrium with tropical birds and the heated indoor pool! And a kitchenette which we didn't really use but the kids thought was awesome!
We parked our many bags of stuff on the beach and Quinns eyes were as big as saucers! The other kids ran right into the water, suprisingly! Quinn followed, but as soon as he felt the undertow of a wave he decided he was safer just playing with the sand toys! We did get him to finally "jump" over the waves by the second day, thankfully.
About 45 minutes after we got there I thought I saw a dolphin, but then decided it was just wishful thinking. I was wrong though! A few minutes later the man near us starts shouting "Dolphins! Dolphins!" Sure enough! What a show. For about 20 minutes they leaped, spun and did all sorts of awesome displays. I have never seen anything like it before. Brent had taken Grant out a ways and they were SO close to them! God is so good to bless us with such an incredible show!
Then later that day we had another incredible experience. I had walked back to the hotel to take the boys to the bathroom (another reason why a beachfront hotel is a necessity) and when we came back we saw a crowd of people about 20 feet away from where we had been sitting. The man over there had been fishing and had caught... A SHARK!!!!! It was about 3 feet long and was probably a sand shark- not a dangerous kind, thankfully! Unfortunately for him, he couldn't be 100% sure which kind it was even after getting on the phone with the OC DNR, so he had to throw it back. No shark dinner for him.
The evening was finished off with a sunset cruise. Well, kind of! Quinn has been obsessed with Brent's NEW Tactical Police Boat they have for work. So Brent was talking to one of the guys on his team and he offered to take all of us out on the boat that evening! Talk about fun! The boys had a blast and Ken even let them drive the boat.
The highlight for Cait was that he took us right up to Asseteaque Island and saw wild horses close to the beach! So, I guess it really was a sunset cruise! At least as nice of a one as we can afford to go on!