18 Miles On the Bikes At the Beach

I can't remember the last time that we, who are very much a 'beachy' family, went to the beach.  (It was a couple of weeks ago at the end of August; good thing I write this blog so I can just look it up, right?) We got so into traveling to trails and other places … Continue reading

The End of the Trail

Out on the bike trail in Jersey horse country (as in, where people have properties with super tasteful and extra large McMansions + an equally tasteful barn for the horse(s) ), there were no dogs. And the weather was so lovely, high 70s, not humid, with a steady, strong wind (courtesy of the now 100-miles-or-some-such-out-to-see … Continue reading

Late in the Season

We went to the beach yesterday, for the first time in almost one and a half weeks—a bit of a long hiatus for a beachy sort of family. We'd skipped going last weekend as there tends to be a lot of traffic on the Garden State Parkway on Saturday and Sunday mornings; while Jim knows … Continue reading

No Need To Pass the Kleenex

Monday we (or at least two-thirds of our tight team o’ three) were on the water: and in the water: We are very lucky to have a friend down at the beach who is letting us leave our kayak in his yard. Our kayak is a bit on the bulky side and it’s not so … Continue reading

Barney and Alphabert

The ocean was just as Charlie loves it yesterday: Active. The waves were rough with lots of foam, and big and trough-y, so you could see the water pulling up into a peak and then crashing down, but the crash came slowly and full of froth. Not the sort of water for babes-in-arms and excited … Continue reading

Some Explaining To Do

Charlie, Jim told me, missed me on Friday while I was in New York. He enjoyed the bike rides and walk and the burrito but, after going up to bed around 10pm, he came back down and insisted on staying on the old blue couch, which is where I found him, sound asleep, when I … Continue reading

Territory Band

No cars were moving more than a few inches at a time when we pulled onto the Garden State Parkway on Saturday at noon so Jim drew on his local knowledge of New Jersey roadways and we went from this 2-digit state road to a 1-digit state road (where we sighted a McDonalds whose PlayPlace … Continue reading

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Tether

The beach is one of the few places where we find ourselves simply standing and looking. Most of all we're looking at Charlie and calculating how soon it will be before he drifts towards the lifeguards' orange flag and we have to call on him to get out of the water, and point him towards … Continue reading

At the Beach, Now and Then

At one point yesterday, all three of us were in the ocean.  Jim was the farthest out where there was a sudden mountain of waves—it was low tide and there was a long stretch of shallow cool water—Charlie was a bit further in (though he'd been out where Jim was or past it when we'd … Continue reading

Stick With It

 Terribly slow traffic on the Garden State Parkway Sunday meant that it took us almost three hours to get to the beach and so, when Charlie asked for a towel after swimming for some 12 minutes, Jim and I hemmed and hawed. It's a pattern we've seen in Charlie before, from the time he was … Continue reading

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