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Exploring: A Day At the Beach

2011 September 5
by Becky

After saying for over a week that we needed to plan something fun to do Labor Day weekend, all we came up with was having a picnic on the National Mall.

So when Stu popped out of bed Sunday morning and announced his idea of going to the beach, I was sold. I’ve been excited about a beach trip since we found out we were moving here. Within 20 minutes Ethan was fed, we were packed, and the road trip was underway. We just headed East.

The drive through Maryland and Delaware was beautiful…farm land, roadside stands, and breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay. It took about 2.5 hours to reach the first beach town, Rehoboth.

We wasted no time getting Ethan to his first beach experience. He was covered with sand in about two minutes.

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We were on constant “sand in mouth” patrol, but the thumb eventually made it’s way in there, covered with sand. Ethan didn’t seem to mind one bit. He LOVED digging in the sand. He has recently started ‘scooting’, so there was a lot of that too.

We couldn’t do any swimming because the waves were really crashing. But we dipped the feet and let Ethan splash in the wet sand. He seemed more interested in the sand anyway. All the digging and splashing made the little man very hungry.

After hanging around on the beach for a while, we took a walk on the boardwalk and the charming streets just off the main drag. We stopped for salt water taffy and wandered through a few shops. While busy and fairly touristy, Rehoboth was not over crowded and overall a very nice experience.

Next up we will be exploring more of the Chesapeake Bay towns, as well as the more southern Delaware beaches. We’d love to find something a little more secluded.

If anyone has recommendations, please send them our way! (Or if anyone has a boat and/or house on the water somewhere, we’d just LOVE to join you for a weekend sometime soon).


5 Responses
  1. September 5, 2011

    I grew up wondering why people had to drive hours to get to the beach–this just reminded me of that. We lived across the street from lake michigan and then I moved to Milwaukee which is also on lake michigan, so there have always been many beaches within walking distance. I love the look of an east coast ocean beach town, though. Salt water taffy, yum!

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      September 9, 2011

      We lived in Chicago for a while when I was little and went up the street to Lake Michigan all the time! It really felt like you were at an ocean…those lakes are amazing! Would love to vacation at the Great Lakes sometime in the next few years. Until then, we are exploring the East Coast :)

  2. Joe Schon permalink
    September 5, 2011

    Great Blog today.
    And I love the Voboril Family at he Beach picture at the top.
    You are a seriously good photographer……….as well as totally interesting Blogger.
    Of course I’m prejudiced.

    And we enjoyed the Skype today too.

    Love ya!

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    September 5, 2011

    What a great adventure!! Life on the East coast is wonderful with many more adventures to come.

  4. Amy Voboril Kohlhepp permalink
    September 11, 2011

    Ethan has officially dipped his feet in the ocean and eaten sand! YEA! So exciting! Maybe next year the cousins will both be eating sand and swimming in the ocean, instead it will be the pacific :)

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