That’s right folks, we hit the beach today and it was really nice. But let me give you some details that makes this trip even more remarkable.
First we had to wake up before dawn!
Look how sleepy these kids are!
We had to get on the road by 5:00 a.m., because the drive to Jaco Beach was at least 105 minutes away (if there is no traffic) and we are only allowed 3 hours at the beach today (5 – 8 a.m. each weekday). The beaches are closed over the weekend and we are restricted from driving on Wednesdays, so today was our day and we took it!
We left our private property in pretty good time! Well done kids! 👍🏻 Not bad for 3 sleepy-heads.
We enjoyed the peaceful drive towards the coast, especially the beautiful sky!
But as we grew closer to the beach we were going to go surfing at, I noticed the air temperature, as well as the time. Traffic had been more congested than ever before because all are allowed on the road at 5:00 a.m., and that includes semi-trucks and work trucks.
And the thought of entering pretty cold water on a cool morning at the beach didn’t sound fun to me.
But much to my surprise, the water was delightfully the right temperature. We all enjoyed it very much.
As everyone else jumped into the water, I stayed near our stuff on the beach. I didn’t know if it was high tide or not . . . and it was. Thankfully I was there just in time to get our stuff to high ground (loosing flip flops is no fun!). But I didn’t mind holding back. I enjoyed watching everyone have a blast in the ocean!
Especially when this one boogie boarded his way from an ocean wave, all the way to my toes on the shore, 🏄 🌊 and I was able to capture it real time with my phone camera.
And when this one finally caught the wave she had been patiently waiting for!!! Way to go GingerSnap! Sadly, I had put away my phone when Curly Cook caught her wave too! But we all know she did! Way to go cutie!
Then just like that, it was time to clean up and go!
The beach went from active and alive . . .
To a ghost town in under 20 minutes after 8 a.m. We didn’t hurry away, but stuck around at an “off-beach” picnic table to eat our breakfast of Grandma Wardle’s zucchini bread and oranges, while a man from Uruguay 🇺🇾 made the kids memory bracelets of our time at the beach that day.
I was thankful that we weren’t prohibited from buying trinkets. I normally dissuade trinket purchasing, but today it felt needful. I’m grateful we could partake!
As our family discussed on the drive home, if the trip had been worth the early morning rise time, over 90 minute drive, and only 45 minute play time in the water, they all agreed it had been.
I for one was grateful to see my most favorite landscape of all . . . cloud filled blue skies, with cascading green, teeming with life, flowing over the rolling hills and mountain ranges on our way back home to Heredia.
It was also great fun to read these tall tales on our way home!!! We HIGHLY recommend this fun book! It is a joy to listen to, as well as read out loud!