No vacation trip to the water is complete without some time just relaxing on a beach. So on our summer excursion to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area, we ventured away from the bay and headed towards the Atlantic Ocean.
In times past, our family, with our offspring in tow, vacationed on the Atlantic seaboard in New Jersey and Outer Banks, North Carolina, and also a few times in Ocean City, Maryland. So Papa and I wanted to spend a couple of days somewhere different than those spots.
We chose to drive northeast from the Chesapeake and landed in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The only item on our itinerary was to unwind on the sandy shore, listening to the rhythmic lull of ocean waves.
As fickle weather would have it, rain and overcast skies also arrived when we did, but we took a leisurely drive up the coast a bit and then found a quiet place to have an early dinner.
The next morning, despite the sunshine greeting us, we donned sweatshirts since the rain swept in a cool front and took a brisk, long morning walk near the rushing waves.
The temperature definitely deterred a lot of folks, but after our walk, we decided to brave the windy, cooler day anyway. Camped under an umbrella on beach chairs with books to read, water to drink, snacks to eat, and sunscreen since I tend to get sunburned and that happens easily on an overcast day, we still relished a beach day.
The only attempt we made at going into the water was just to get our feet wet. Why? Because it continued being downright chilly and a brisk wind kept it that way all day long.
I’m certain I provided a crazy sight sitting under an umbrella dressed in capris and tee-shirt instead of a swim suit, with a hooded sweatshirt zipped up and hood tied around my head, AND a floppy hat, eventually wrapping my beach towel around my legs. I’m not usually cold but I certainly was that day! (No pictures of that, thank goodness!)
Luckily, there weren’t many people braving the elements that day anyway, but honestly, I didn’t care what I looked like.
Both Papa and I were just happy as clams enjoying a quiet, relaxing day on the beach.
“Nothing soothes the soul like a day by the ocean.” ~ Unknown