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

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

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

In Which We Rent a Cargo Van

 Because we've been wanting to bring the kayak back to the beach and, at one of his lectures about On the Irish Waterfront, Jim met a man who has a house down there and who very kindly said we could leave the kayak in his yard.  Due to the length and bulk of our kayak, … Continue reading

Sunshowers and Starlight

After a rainy beach Saturday, we went back down the Garden State Parkway just around noon on Sunday. The weather forecast promised sunshine and meteorologists were right. They just didn't mention that sometimes it would be raining—even pouring—at the same time as the sun was beaming down.  This happened both as we drove down and … Continue reading

Another Beach Post, A Different Ride

Looking back over the past week's posts, we've been going a lot to the beach—last Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and, yes, yesterday, Saturday. Guess we're making up for not going the previous weekend. And, too, starting last winter, we got into the habit of weekend beach trips, let there be snow or not. Needless to … Continue reading

Greece Trip Prep

 In one week, I'm going to Greece with 12 undergraduates, one colleague, and one former student who is fluent in modern (demotic) Greek. We'll be gone till March 20th. Can I say the following enough: yikes     am I really doing this?     !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    how can I do this?      how … Continue reading

Greece Trip Prep

 In one week, I'm going to Greece with 12 undergraduates, one colleague, and one former student who is fluent in modern (demotic) Greek. We'll be gone till March 20th. Can I say the following enough: yikes     am I really doing this?     !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    how can I do this?      how … Continue reading

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