Skip to content

Exploring: Mother’s Day at North Beach, MD

2012 May 15
by Becky

I have a HUGE list of places I’d like to visit while living on the East Coast. I mean, I could name cities and towns and attractions all day long. So every time we have a free weekend day with no plans, we try to go explore. Now that the weather is BEAUTIFUL, it’s really easy to just pack up and go.

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

An area I find very intriguing is the Chesapeake Bay. The little towns surrounding the massive body of water are calling my name. I’m drawn to the Bay lifestyle with it’s beaches, crabs, boats, fishing, and boardwalks. Just the fact that it’s an estuary interests me. You get the fun of a beach without the salt water!

An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.

I’ve been working on a map of locations to visit (it’s hard to not just make this whole map one big red marker, but I have to be reasonable…can’t see it all!) and am thrilled each time we cross one off the list.

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

As you can see, it’s going to take a while to complete this goal.

So this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, I requested a beach day to begin crossing some of these places off our list. We set Chesapeake Beach in our sights! After only a 40ish minute drive, we had our toes in the sand of  the quaint little North Beach in the middle of a darling bayside town. A friendly local offered us some free guest passes (score!) but beach passes usually go for $5 per person over 2 years old. Those are some nice people livin’ there in North Beach!

Since it’s not quite busy season yet, there were no crowds…just open beach with a few families enjoying the day. The weather was perfect and Ethan was in heaven.

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

I showed him how to find shells, which he though were super cool. Between shells and the extremely tame ducks floating just feet from the waters edge, he was a very happy boy.

Assuming the water would be too cold, we didn’t even bring our suits. But it was so warm out that the water felt great…I think I could have gone for a swim. Ethan was fine as he can just wear his Bum Genius diaper. He’s a little scared of the splashing “waves” (they were VERY small ones) so he doesn’t get in the water much yet.

Ethan was dying to play on this incredible pirate ship jungle gym but it was too big and too hot for his little tootsies. We thought it was a great addition to a family beach though!

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

And even though we were hot and sweaty, unshaven (Stu), and hair a mess (me) I propped up the camera and took a little family shot. Hey, it’s real life here, something Ethan can look back and on and say, “My family wasn’t always clean or fresh smelling, but we sure had fun.”

The beach was fully equipped with showers, changing rooms, and the works to get Little Man de-sanded (it was EVERYWHERE) and ready for the ride home. We were so impressed with the tranquility of this little town…it was so clean and friendly, somewhere we’ll be returning to often.

chesapeake bay, chesapeake beach, chesapeake trip, trips from DC, day trips from DC, chesapeake family beach, family beach trip

Any suggestions for where we should go on our next Chesapeake Bay exploration? 

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Grandma Johnson permalink
    May 16, 2012

    I love the pictures of your trip to North Beach!! Ethan looks like he is having a blast!! What fun he must have had finding shells and unknown goodies on the beach.

    I especially love the family photo!!
    What wonderful memories you are making for your family.

    I love your blog!!

  2. Kristan permalink
    May 16, 2012

    Looks beautiful!! Glad you had a great Mother’s Day!!

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    May 16, 2012

    What a great day. Can’t wait to visit a few of your red or blue dotted locations. So many super places to visit and explore. You’ve got the right idea, just keep chipping away.

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

CommentLuv badge