Monday, May 20, 2013

First Trip, Day 3

Day three of our trip found Nate up and about before anyone else and wishing the camp stove were Outside so he could make coffee without waking anyone. I got up shortly after and we hung out outside and chatted for a while until the boys woke up, all three at once :) 
After breakfast and coffee we sat around on the benches chatting. Our conversation got into some pretty deep subjects and more than once Nate caught my eye and grinned. His expression said, This!

Eventually we meandered down to the beach. Everyone was pretty tired by now ( I told the boys the day before "Most trips we won't be 'going' this much" Good, they said :) ). 

Brannon was thrilled that the wind was just right for flying his kite.

Blaizen wanted to fly his mini kite too.

Kites are dangerous though!

Joshua is impressed by the height of Brannon's kite.

Success! Briefly...

Trying again...


Meanwhile... Joshua found a good place to start a fort.

Every time we go to the beach and Joshua gets down in the water he gets into his own world. It is fascinating to watch :)
He'll do a series of fighting stances
 Run from waves
 or not...
And whisper to himself the whole time...

Blaizen enjoying the water

Brannon's, um, innovative? way of holding his kite...

Nate's reaction...

Joshua fought a losing battle trying to get this piece of driftwood back into the sea...

The boys were ready to quit the beach after only and hour and a half. Brannon really wanted to go into town and look around at some shops. We went into a great little place full of antiques and a few handmade items. Lots of cool ship lanterns and steering wheels. And pirate flags :) We went into another shop that had some skateboards with Large wheels. All the boys were fascinated and discussed saving up for one together ($300 to $400 yikes!). 

After our long walk in town Papa made an unspecified detour which led to a playground :) Happy boys. 

We had quite and adventure looking for a place to eat dinner. Long story short we ended up back at the first place we'd seen, The Hungry Clam. I had glanced in the window and didn't see anything promising on the menu. The next place had nothing but beer-battered everything, not gonna work for gluten-free folks. On and on and back to The Hungry Clam. 
Joshua and I went inside and asked if their seafood only came battered. Nope, we can grill anything but the clams in the clam basket. We asked to see the ingredients in their clam chowder (wheat and soy). Then the lady behind the counter told us she had gluten-free bread and buns. Somehow I'd overlooked that on the menu board.
It was a very excited Joshua who ordered a grilled crab and shrimp melt on gluten-free bread :) All the food there we had was super yummy. And all the ladies serving and guys cooking were charmed when all our boys went up to the counter after eating and thanked them for dinner.

We were all very glad to climb in the bus and head for home. A little over halfway home Nate realized we hadn't taken any pictures with our bus. So we did.

Our first step toward our dream of long-term traveling with our kiddos was as wonderful as could be. So many times my heart and spirit were singing and overflowing with joy. There are lots of things to be figured out (like how to afford gas for our monster lol) but, one step at a time we will get there. :)


Emily McEntire said...

Looks like you guys had a blast!!

Sarah Schulz said...

Sarah, this is wonderful. Both your trip--may there be so many more you won't be able to count them!--and your blogging of it. I really enjoyed reading these three days, and look forward to sharing your travels vicariously.

Sarah Schulz

SarahS said...

Emily: it was Amazing :)

Sarah: glad you enjoyed reading it! And thank you for the blessing, that is what we are hoping for.

Momma Bug said...

Oh my WORD! What have I been missing?!!!
AJ will be totally jealous of that bus - it is awesome.
He is shopping double deckers lately :-D

So obviously we need to catch up. Your bus isn't planning to drive to Idaho any time soon is it?

I love you friend.
Think of you often and have meant to write. Maybe soon.

All my heart,

SarahS said...


Yes, it IS planning a drive to Idaho ;) hopefully soon!

Love you :)