Tuesday, October 18, 2011

{Beach: How to}

We hit up the beach this past weekend knowing that soon the beach trips will be fewer and farther between now that the cold weather should be coming soon.There are a few things that make our beach going experiences the best they can be:You must have shovels. Shovels provide hours of digging entertainment.Shovels also come in handy when you need to dig a "sand crib" for your wandering toddler. Usually the pit is wider and deeper than what is shown in the picture but I took the picture before it was completed.Good waves. Waves are beautiful to watch, soothing to hear and fun to play in, ride on and swim through.Shell hunting is a favorite past time for our little ones. Just be sure and bring a container that seals to keep them in or they go all over your car. Also, make sure to rinse them and let them sit in the sun for a few days so they don't smell fishy.Exploring nearby tide pools and rocks is a must.Be sure and spend a lot of time looking around in the tide pools...lots of ocean life can be spotted.Bringing the right food to munch on is key for a prime beach experience.

Fresh french bread, buttery croissants, chocolate bars (melted on the bread, the French way to eat it, is a favorite), cookies, strawberries, pineapple, chips, chilled water and soda...all these things are a must when at the beach.

If you have a lot of guys tagging along be sure and bring more then less since the menfolk tend to gather around the food and munch a lot.Of course the best thing to have with you at the beach to make it a wonderful time is friends and/or family.We love the beach. Wanna come next time?


McKelle said...

We just got back from California. First time to the beach for my kids. They LOVED it. I soon discovered that going to the beach is a lot of work...especially the clean up.

{Erica} said...

Yes the clean up! We have it down though.

We keep little brushes in the back of the car and brush the sand off legs and feet. Baby powder also helps get the fine sand off...but we rarely need to use it.

It took us about 3 trips to the beach to really get an idea how to pack things, what to take and what was needed.

Still so worth it right?!

Sarah said...

I can not think of a better way to spend the day. I LOVE the beach! There is something so calming about being right by the waves, in the sunshine, just relaxing. It looks like you guys had the perfect beach day. The big shovels are GENIUS. They will definitely be going on my list of must-haves at the beach. Where did you find yours?

Also, the brushes to brush off the sand - also genius. I usually just use baby powder and towels. The brushes would work WAY better! You one smart lady ;)

Jo(ke) said...

Love this post. Love the beach.

Stephanie said...

We love the beach too. Although my kids aren't crazy about the waves yet. We usually end up at the mother's beach in Huntington Harbor. It feels like we spent half the summer there this year. Do you mind sharing what beach you go to? It looks like a good mix of waves and rocks. :-)

{Erica} said...

Stephanie -
Is the mothers beach you're talkng about Corona Del Mar? We've been there a couple of times and loved it but there were a TON of kids running all over the place...and sometimes I just don't want that :)

We try and hit up a different beach every time we go but we do go back to our favorites and this beach is one of them.

The waves are usually MASSIVE though...just to warn you.

This particular beach visit we went to Aliso beach in Laguna Beach. We also like Treasure Island beach as well (less waves more kid friendly waves wise).

{natalie} said...

oh i love the beach. my fav to bring is a good book and a sand chair. park myself right at the water's edge so I can watch my kids swim and tan all day. delightful. looks like a great day.

Stephanie said...

The mother's beach we go to is in Huntington Beach, it's a park there in the Harbor.

I don't think we've been to that beach in Laguna, thanks for sharing!