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Heading back from the beach
Heading back from the beach

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Tuesday, August 4,  we finished our trip through Skyline Drive in Virginia and we parked back at Nicole and Karl’s in Maryland. Sully was excited to see his cousins and again.

Elena and Sully playing cars, bikes and sidewalk chalk on the porch at Nicole and Karl's

Elena and Sully playing cars, bikes and sidewalk chalk on the porch at Nicole and Karl’s

The next day we got ready to go on a road trip to the beach. We stayed at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.

Walking to the beach with Uncle Karl

Walking to the beach with Uncle Karl

The beach is right on the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape May, New Jersey

The beach is right on the Atlantic Ocean north of Rehoboth Beach. We dug a tiny pool for the kids to splash in because the waves were too big and intimidating for the little ones.

Baby Vera hung out on a blanket in the beach tent

Baby Vera hung out on a blanket in the beach tent

Karl, Nicole and Natalie swimming as a big ship sails up in to the Delaware Bay

Karl, Nicole and Natalie swimming as a big ship sails up into the Delaware Bay

Heading back from the beach

Heading back from the beach. The kiddos were very tired and needed to hitch a ride.

We parked our camper on a flat paved spot next to some pine trees and a fire pit

Kids love popcorn snacks

Sully and Elena loved playing inside the tent

Sully and Elena loved playing inside the tent

Elena playing outside her tent

Elena playing outside her tent

Elena, Natalie and Sully having snack time

Elena, Natalie and Sully having snack time

Nicole, Vera and Natalie

Nicole, Vera and Natalie

Walking to explore the guard towers

Walking to explore the World War II observation tower.

Cousins leading the way

Cousins leading the way

The observation tower

The observation tower

Looking out towards the ocean.

Looking out towards the ocean.

The towers were used for spotting enemy ships and subs that approached the coast. Using the relative bearings from two (or more) towers guns could be directed to fire on the target.

The towers were used for spotting enemy ships and subs that approached the coast. Using the relative bearings from two (or more) towers guns could be directed to fire on the target.

Natalie has baby and can travel

Natalie has baby and can travel

It was cool to get away from the vineyard at Nicole and Karl’s so we could all just kick back, relax and have fun. It was Nicole and Karl’s first time camping with kids, and they probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without our help and the fully stocked camper. The worst part of the trip was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes after dark while we were playing Rummy Cube after the kids went to bed.

We drove through Annapolis after the camp out and we stopped to visit our friends from San Diego, Rob and Fran (and Jade their dog) from S/V Oasis. We knew them we lived at Chula Vista Marina for a few months last year. We had a great night just hanging out on their Catalina Morgan 440, and enjoying a tour of their new marina. The next day we took a dinghy ride to downtown Annapolis and went to the Naval Academy.

The crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy

We visited the crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy

When we were leaving the Naval Academy Museum, Sully ran across the entrance to see Fran and tripped and banged his head on the hard marble floor. I scooped him up and we went outside because his crying was very loud. We pushed back his hair and saw a great big goose egg lump start to grow on his forehead. Ouch, he hit his head really hard! We started looking for somewhere that might have ice and asked a gate guard if they had any ice nearby. He said “Don’t worry, I’ll call the fire department, they have some ice packs.” We insisted that we didn’t need a firetruck for Sully, but he called and after a few minutes the academy’s base police (a Navy Master at Arms) showed up. She didn’t have an ice pack, but soon the fire truck arrived. They didn’t have an ice pack either. Finally an ambulance arrived (we really didn’t need all the attention!). The EMTs checked Sully out, gave him an ice pack for his forehead (which he refused to use!) and offered him a ride to the ER for further assessment. Fran is a nurse and we checked him for a concussion and he was fine so we politely declined. They took our information and the emergency team departed. We think Sully’s forehead swelled up so quickly because it was the same spot he hit and cut open when we were back in Ensenada, Mexico. We gave him some children’s ibuprofen, ate some lunch and he fell asleep at lunch. After his nap he was back to normal.

Dockside with Fran, Jade and Rob from S/V Oasis

Dockside saying “Bye” with Fran, Jade and Rob from S/V Oasis

After our visit with Fran and Rob we drove back to Nicole and Karl’s for the weekend. The next week Natalie and I had our first kid free trip ever planned. Sully was going to stay a few nights with my parents in Loganville, PA and Natalie I would go back to the beach with our friends Anna and Matt!

Anna’s parents have a cute beach house in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. We got to meet up for lunch with Chuck and Val before they left to go back to work in Philadelphia. It was great to hear that someone other than my Mom reads our blog!

Climbing on an abandoned gun turret on the beach near Cape May, NJ

Climbing on an abandoned gun turret on the beach near Cape May, NJ

On the beach with Matt and Anna with the Cape May Lighthouse in the background

On the beach with Matt and Anna with the Cape May Lighthouse in the background

Our first night we were treated to a spectacular sunset

Our first night we were treated to a spectacular sunset

And later a double rainbow

And later a double rainbow

We brought shade and got to relax

We brought shade and got to relax

Natalie got to sit back and relax and read.

Storms washed away lots of sand so the beach was small and nearly disappears at high tide

Hurricane Sandy washed away lots of sand so the beach was small and nearly disappears at high tide

24 crabs for dinner!

24 crabs for dinner!

Beach cruising on bikes

Beach cruising on bikes

Biking through town towards the beach

Biking through town towards the beach

Natalie, Matt and Anna on our bike ride

Natalie, Matt and Anna on our bike ride

We were serious beach cruising cyclists

We were serious beach cruising cyclists

The beautiful view from lunch out at Mike's Seafood

The beautiful view from lunch out at Mike’s Seafood

Anna and Natalie

Anna and Natalie

Fresh seafood for lunch

Fresh seafood for lunch

It was an awesome vacation hanging out with our friends at the beach kid free for a few days, but we were excited to get back to our little bear. While we were at the beach we didn’t have to worry about Sully because my parents sent picture texts to us showing him having tons of fun painting, playing and eating lots of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and ice cream!

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  1. I love seeing and hearing about your adventures! When Sully gets biggers, he will enjoy seeing and hearing all these things!

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