Tuesday, July 27, 2010

beaching with the hamptons

yesterday jeremy and i drove up to cape cod to meet up with his aunt, uncle and cousins. it was a beautiful day for a drive and an even more beautiful day to spend at the beach. we met up with them inhyannis and drove to yarmouth to find a couple of different beaches.

we spent the day combing the shore for shells, soaking up the sun, and catching up. i hadn't seen the hamptons since may 2009 and jeremy just saw them very briefly when he was driving here from la in august.

we ate at the skipper where we all had wonderful fish and seafood meals (except paigey - she got the meal voted most likely to catch fancy crabs). i had a massive fish taco that looked like it could eat me, but i sure showed it who was boss.

it was a fabulous day with perfect weather. we couldn't have asked for a better day off or better people to spend it with.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

all rained out

yesterday for our day off we decided to go to the beach. we went to ocean beach park, a place my dad visited as a child. it wasnt terribly sunny as we were driving over there, but there was only a very small chance of rain so we figured the sun would come out eventually.  after paying $14 for parking and finding a spot, clouds started rolling in. dark clouds. we stayed for a few more minutes trying to decide if we should pack up and go or see if it blew around us. the rest of the beachgoers packed up and were out of there. we decided to follow suit and as we were trekking back to the parking lot a couple of rain drops started to hit us. then a couple more. then we were caught in a torrential downpour. by the time we made it to the car we were drenched. we could barely even see to drive home. after drying off, jeremy decided to go get a board to put up a shelf in my closet. after we changed into regular clothes and started doing other things, the sun came out and it was a beautiful afternoon. figures. we will have to go back to ocean beach another time. a sunnier time.

but at least now i have a place to store things in my closet! :D

Thursday, July 15, 2010

we found a beach!

everyone here seems to bring an umbrella to sit under at the beach which seems to me to be the opposite reason of why anyone would go but...

there is a state park not too far from our house with a great beach. for a weekday during the summer it wasn't too crowded. having mondays off means we don't have to fight the weekend crowds which is nice. soaking up the sun, listening the the waves lap against the shore... just what a body needs after spending the weekend dealing with one drama after another.

soooo if you are looking for us anytime over the next several weeks and it is a monday, check rocky neck state park beach. :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fourth of July

last sunday we spent the evening at the mystic seaport. they opened their doors to the community. there was live music and we could explore the grounds to our hearts' content.

we finally got to see some tall ships, one of which they are restoring (and you can watch the restoration work) to be as close to the original as possible.

there is a cute little village (cowtown style) representative of the villages that were all along the coast in ports during the 18th century. the whole seaport is of course on the water so we sat and watched the boats drive by and the swans swim around. it was lovely.

after leaving the seaport we wanted to do something else patriotic so we found a great little sushi restaurant and ate raw fish til we just about exploded. great sushi specials on sunday nights!

Monday, July 5, 2010

training post 2: all work and no play...

during training we spent a lot of time learning and working and on duty (we carry pagers when we are working or on duty overnight in case of emergency and have to be on site during those times), but not all time was work time. we managed to spend some time at the various beaches around kittery and down the nh coast. one weekend we spent some time at various beaches, examing creature in tide pools and soaking up a little vitamin c, then met ryan and stephanie in hampton beach and drove up to maine and went out to eat. it was great. we sat outside by the water and ate fish and watched the sunset. could life get any better? 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

memorial day drive

on memorial day jeremy and i decided to drive up the coast of maine and check out some of the local beaches.  beaches here are not like those in california (which prolly doesnt shock anyone). there is lots of rocks, and most of the ones with sand are manmade. maine has lots of lighthouses too.

this is the cape neddick lighthouse. it was constructed in 1879 and had a bell in it to warn sailors of the rocky point. it is on a little island several yards off the coast, so to get to the ligthhouse itself there is a little cable car that goes across. it looked really rickety and im glad they werent letting the general public try it out.
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i hope that lighthouse keeper got hazard pay! it is fully automated now so people rarely use that cable car.

it was a gorgeous day and so cool to see a diffferent part of the coast. the best part is the highway that follows the coast is rt 1 and the freeway in ca is the 1 so if you squinted it felt like we were back in la. the ocean actually smells different up here - cleaner - imagine that. :)