Ahhhh.... the relief of finally making it to your destination, and leaving the shortest travel day for last! Sometimes I'm so smart I amaze myself. 421 miles was a piece of cake after the previous two days.
We were back on the road yesterday morning at 7am, headed from Advance, NC to Ocean City, MD. There really is no direct route from point a to point b, so we ended up going down winding, hilly country roads throughout Virginia. Dealing with 55mph speed limits and traffic lights after almost 1300 miles of interstate driving was annoying. It was worth it, though, when we reached the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. That is an amazing drive! J was enthralled - the bridge, the tunnels, the water, the boats, etc. So neat.
We arrived in Ocean City about 30 minutes after Grammie & Godmother S did, and thankfully they had already checked in and acquired the keys to our place. And WHAT A PLACE!!! The condo is so perfect it's ridiculous. You know how you see pictures online or in an advertisement for a place, and you just know the pictures make it look nicer than it really is? This place is BETTER than the pictures! Everything is in great shape (except the washer/dryer combo, but that's a whole other post), there is plenty of space, great parking, elevator (we did NOT want to lug all that stuff up 4 flights of stairs!), and best of all, OCEANFRONT! We have a huge balcony that overlooks the sand dune and beach. Perfection. The beach is gorgeous, and since we're way on the north side of Ocean City, it's not even crowded. We couldn't ask for anything better.
My children LOVE the beach. The last time we went to the ocean, J was 5, K was 1 and we went to New Hampshire where it was cold, foggy and rainy all weekend. J didn't care, he was out there in the waves regarless, but K was not a happy beach baby. She basically sat in the sand and cried. Fast forward four years and it's a whole different ball game. My children are bursting with excitement. They are squealing and running and screaming and laughing, sitting in the sand, trying to ride the waves, digging for clams, etc. The epitome of joy. Unfortunately the surf is a bit on the rough side and J took a tumble in the waves with his boogie board. A few scrapes and a sore back, but he got right back in the water later today. If I could figure out a way to keep my kids' skin from getting sand/salt rash, we'd be much happier campers!
We played at an awesome indoor putt putt place today, enjoyed some ice cream, shopped for t-shirts (and new flip flops for me since mine BROKE while I was walking around the store), then had a great dinner with a friend of mine and her daughter who drove down from Dover. We attempted to fly a kite tonight, and saw a boy catch a skate (sting-ray type fish) while fishing on the beach!
So far we couldn't ask for a better time at the beach. It's supposed to storm tonight, but by tomorrow morning clear skies and smooth sailing until we leave on Friday.
Life's a beach.