Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beach Bums

The AF has a beach recreation area south of Boston. We booked months in advance, and this weekend was finally the big beach event. The area is called Fourth Cliff. Originally it was an Army coastal artillery station, and part of the WWII Boston Harbor Coastal Defenses. Today it's a sleepy beach cottage/recreation area. As you would guess - the kids loved it.

The Cliff is really a point where a river dumps into the Bay. The real beach area is more on the river side of the camp. It was nothing like the white sandy beaches of Destin, Florida, but it had something else. The rocky shore and tidal pools offered some wildlife adventures for the whole family. We stayed for a couple of nights and surprisingly only got a little bit of sunburn. Most of the kids have my complexion. Cory on the other hand has his mom's skin and turns a rich brown when out in the sun.

Here are some of the highlights:

Swimming in the surf

The tidal pools offered critters up close and personal.

Sea Stars

We saw lots of aquatic hermit crabs and sand dollars galore...but no pictures - oops.

Of course we had to help the kids build a sand castle. (bonus points if you can name the vessel used to create the front gates of our castle)

There are many many more pics, but we'll save some for later posts.

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