The Beach

Even though we have been living in a boat, on the water, for three months now, it was only here in Monterey that we finally managed to go the beach.

Don’t get me wrong, there were beaches along the way. Beautiful ones. But some were full with rocks and/or kelp, in other cases the weather didn’t cooperate. Besides, the water was just too cold … it just didn’t happen.

This all changed last weekend when we were biking along Monterey’s waterfront and found this beach a few miles from the marina. It was a warm, sunny day, and the beach was half full with tourists on the sand and surfers in the water. We were not prepared to stay in it right there and then, but made sure we would come back as soon as conditions permitted.

A few days later we made it. Properly packed for the day, including our brand-new foldable beach chairs, off we went to spend our first “day on the beach” of this voyage.

Boy, we missed this
A proper beach, on a proper day
The same swell that held us longer in Monterey, also created beautiful large breakers on the beach
The same swell that held us longer in Monterey, also created beautiful large breakers on the beach
What is not suitable for sailors can be a dream for surfers
What is not suitable for sailors can be a dream for surfers
We have all been longing for a "day on the beach", especially the kids
We have all been longing for a “day on the beach”, especially the kids
Each of them enjoying it his/her own way
Each of them enjoying it his/her own way

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Raquel stayed in the water for as long as she could stand the temperature
Raquel stayed in the water for as long as she could stand the temperature
We also used for the first time the foldable beach chairs we had bought in Seattle
We also used for the first time the foldable beach chairs we had bought in Seattle
Obviously we also took Paulo's soccer ball
Obviously we also took Paulo’s soccer ball (the same that was saved by Adriana back in Crescent City)
Eventually a kid came to play with him
It didn’t take long for another kid to come play with him

 

We enjoyed our day-on-the-beach so much that we went for a second round. This time the weather wasn’t so warm, but we still had a good time.

Another day, partially cloudy skies, less, swell, a slightly different visual
The surfer watching Raquel, who watches the surfer surf by
This playful dog came and begged for us to throw her the frisbee ...
This playful dog came and begged us to throw her the frisbee …
To which the kids obliged immediately
To which the kids obliged immediately

 

We also saw a wedding on the beach, watched a variety of sea birds, and had seagulls steal a pack of doritos from inside our bag – twice (the first time we were able to get it back. The second time, the seagulls outsmarted us).

Eventually the skies got well overcast, in anticipation of a cold front approaching. It was time to pack and get back home:

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A series of cold fronts has been parading across the Pacific and started hitting this portion of the coast yesterday (wednesday), with wet weather expected to last at least until early next week – meaning we still have a couple more days left in Monterey. Good thing we are enjoying it here.

Have a nice end of the week!

 

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