Exploring: Mother’s Day at North Beach, MD
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Any suggestions for where we should go on our next Chesapeake Bay exploration?