Exploring: Breezy Point Beach
So, Sunday morning, we ventured out of Old Town for another beach adventure. This time, heading farther south along the Chesapeake Bay to Breezy Point Beach. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees with a little wind, morning sun glistening off the water, warm sand was between our toes. As you can see, we didn’t have to fight for a good spot to set up camp.
Good thing we brought the wagon…why do we always take so much stuff?
Ethan got to work with his toys. He was covered head to toe in sand after about five seconds. The beach was gravelly with lots of shell pieces scattered throughout. Gentle waves lapped the shore, reaching The Peanut’s feet from time to time making him squeal in delight.
Dad jumped in to help build some sand castles—which were mostly big piles of sand—but Ethan thought they rocked. Boys just have to dig, don’t they?
I’d read online that the beaches of Calvert County were known for their abundance of fossils, namely shark teeth. Apparently this is due to the cliffs along the coast line—they are host to millions of years worth of fossil fun. Not being a fossil expert in the slightest, see this site for more info…it’s actually really fascinating! We met a couple that had travelled here from New Jersey just for the fossil hunting.
After about two minutes of searching through the gravel and sand, Stu had his first shark tooth. Then another. And another and another. Clearly, he missed his calling as a fossil hunter.
Ethan happily searched for rocks and shells, collecting them in his bucket as he wandered down the beach. I took the opportunity to kick back with my iPhone Kindle app and the sun.
When we were all sufficiently warm, we hit the waves. Ethan was surprisingly happy to get in the “Wawa”—usually he’s a little nervous about getting in the Bay past ankle depth. The water was fabulously refreshing and we had a great view of the boats.
See the big net? It’s to catch jellyfish or “sea nettles”. Yup, I was shocked to hear this too. But it was clear in my research that jellyfish are all over the Chesapeake Bay between May and October…basically the whole swimming season. Great.
I was kind of freaked out and didn’t want Ethan getting stung. How horrible would that be? So I checked this neat-o forecasting site (yes, they can forecast jellyfish!) to see our area had a low probability of jellyfish nuisances on Sunday. Whew! So while our trip certainly wasn’t ruined in the least, there were some jellies in sight. The nets help, but aren’t perfect.
I couldn’t find a picture of an actual sea nettle online, so I made sure to take some. Not too scary, right? But apparently they can sting so I packed some baking soda just in case (it’s what is recommended for stings). They ranged from three to eight inches wide and were really easy to spot in the water and on the beach.
When beach got busier (though still very quaint and quiet) around 11am and though everyone was in the water, no stings were reported. I guess jellies are just something we’ll have to get used to because they definitely a part of the Bay experience! And they ARE kinda cool.
Ethan didn’t even notice the jellies. He just got as sandy as humanly possible. Sand was in his peanut butter and jelly, his snack, his teeth, and hair. He didn’t care. But I did…as a sand-freak, I was glad the beach provided plenty of sprayers for cleaning off at the end of our stay.
Other amenities at Breezy Point Beach include a playground, very clean restrooms, snack shack, convenience stores, and plenty of very close parking. There is a camp ground too, so maybe we’ll be back for an overnight when The Peanut is a little older!
Ethan stayed away for about 10 seconds once his butt hit the car seat. The sun wore us all out. Good thing it only too 45 minutes to get home.
Breezy Point rocked. We will be back!