an afternoon at the ocean – with pictures!

It was a perfect day here in the San Francisco Bay area today.  Absolutely perfect.  It was one of those amazingly clear days where you could look across the Bay and almost be able to count the windows on the buildings.  There was a slight breeze blowing, the temperature was in the mid-70’s — a perfect October day in northern California.

So, after a good trip to the chiropractor’s this morning and some time out in the beautiful weather, I came home and announced that we needed a family day at the beach.  Lyd didn’t have school today thanks to Christopher Columbus landing somewhere in the Carribean in 1492 (which gave me a chance to teach her the “Christopher Columb-o” song!), and we have all been in need of a little getaway, especially my hard-working JJ.  Granted, we only got away for a few hours, but still, it was better than nothing.

There was not even the faintest hint of clouds at the beach today; it was just perfect.  Lyd was beside herself with joy, chasing birds, digging in the sand, and running in circles.  Curious J was very curious at first, not sure what to make of all the sand.  She tasted it a few times before I could catch her.  But she seemed more intrigued with grabbing a handful of sand and then watching it fall from her fingers.  That kept her entertained for quite some time.

After spending about an hour and a half at the beach and filling our ears with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, we ended our short jaunt to the ocean with a trip to Barbara’s Fishtrap.  It’s a local dive with hardly any signage, but there never seems to be a shortage of customers.  We got there around 4:45pm for an early supper hoping to beat the crowds, and the place was already half-full.  Curious J was sleeping in her carseat when we arrived, so we carried her in her seat and she slept under our table until she woke up.  (She’s really outgrown the infant carrier, and I’ve been meaning to move her up to the bigger seat, but today it worked out well that she was still in the carrier!)  When she woke up, I realized that my meal of linguini with olive oil and herbs topped with fish, clams, scallops, calamari, and prawns was a good meal for her, too.  She sat in a high chair at the table, and I gave her cut-up linguini which she stuffed into her mouth by the handful (think Cookie Monster, and you’ve got the idea!).  She also readily ate the small chunks whitefish that I fed her.  I even shared a few bites of my favorite seafood with her — scallops.  She didn’t mind it, but she seemed to like the fish better.  Lyd ordered prawns and chips off the kids menu, and enjoyed dipping her deep-fried prawns in my parmesan cheese.  JJ ordered homemade clam chowder, fish & chips, and a Heinekken.  It was all delicious.  I must be getting older; I’m starting to finally like the taste of beer.

Tired and happy, we headed back east and drove over the Big Hill to the other side of the peninsula as we watched the full, white moon gleaming in the twilight sky on our way home.

It was a very good day.  I don’t normally do family pictures, but here are a few.

view of San Francisco from near our house

view of San Francisco from near our house

Curious J

Curious J

my girls

my girls

the Pacific Ocean & Lyd

the Pacific Ocean & Lyd

Curious J and I watching a seagull who wanted our snack

Curious J and I watching a seagull who wanted our snack

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