After surviving our first night camping (barely), it was time to explore Kalaloch beach and the nearby rainforest. Even though we live near the ocean, sandy beaches free of seaweed, sharp shells, and rocks was something new. So was weather warm enough to stay on the beach for more than 15 minutes. Yeah!
After patiently waiting for Jason to untangle the kites (I'm not kidding about being patient - it took about half an hour)...
...it wasn't hard to get the kites in the air.
What was hard was making sure the kites didn't pick the girls up and carry them off. It was windy!
Enjoying the surf...
...and realizing it's faster than a three-year-old.
Isabelle worked hard to become a Junior Ranger. Here she is taking the oath to protect the national parks...
...and receiving her badge.
Another hike, this time into the Hoh Rainforest.
On most of our hikes the girls ran, danced, and leaped through the forest while Jason and I plodded deliberately behind. Maddy did have one moment where she refused to go any farther...
...but she quickly came around...
...when posing was involved.
The beach at sunset.
Waking up to another sunny day. Just like Mama with her coffee, the girls couldn't start their day without a hot chocolate boost.
After learning all about tide pools at a ranger talk, they identified lots of animals at low tide.
Dancing down the beach.
Once Maddy saw Isabelle's shiny gold ranger badge she realized becoming a junior ranger was a dream she'd had her entire life. We made it come true.
Last day at the beach!
After all these beach pictures you might think I like the beach. Nope, not so much. I did love watching the girls play and the waves crashing on the shore. The ocean is beautiful - it's just all that sand (in all the wrong places) that bugs me! Not pictured?: Stripping the girls down behind the tent while Jason held a towel (for privacy) and I used water from the tea kettle to clean the sand off my two very gritty girls. Let's not even talk about the pounds of sand in Maddy's hair. It was a nightmare I need not relive for a very long time.
What was my favorite part of camping? - Not having to do the dishes!
Next up: We escape the dirt! Can I get an Amen?!