We had one last hurrah for the summer.
A road trip, not too far away.
To the city of Carpinteria for some beach camping.
It was my girl's first time ever camping besides the backyard,
our first time camping as a family,
and my first time camping right across from the beach.
They were all pretty excited, Piper included.
Our adventures took us a short walk/bike ride away to the dog friendly beach.
And guess what, it was Piper's first time seeing the ocean.
It was pretty cool for everyone.
Relaxing and downright beautiful.
And then my adventurous boy doing what boys do
started jumping from those rocks, running around
and doing it again. I just said, "You probably shouldn't
be doing that, because you don't know what's under the
water there." He assured me it was fine.
And a moment later was screaming "crab, giant crab!"
with blood gushing from his ankle.
And I suspected he probably stepped on a sting ray.
This child has one of the highest pain thresholds.
He broke his arm clear through both bones without crying.
But he was writhing in pain and barely able to walk from this.
Fortunately we got him to the lifeguard headquarters
where they got the hot water ready and confirmed it was a sting ray wound.
We all learned a little science lesson that day.
The lifeguards informed us that the poison in the sting,
(which is really more of a deep puncture wound by the way)
is a protein and putting it in hot water cooks it like an egg,
it coagulates and is drawn out.
And so for two hours they kept him there.
They let him shower and eat some cake.
Because his bravery called for some kind of treat, poor kid.
They said a fifteen year old girl earlier that day
was going into shock and throwing up from the pain.
And described it as being similar or worse than childbirth.
So he now knows about
the stingray shuffle.
And I think he also learned a hard lesson
that when Mom cautions about something,
she just might have good reason.
The pulling out of the poison took until
sunset, so we got to enjoy it from
the lifeguard station.
And then the view from our camp.
After dinner, the night called for s'mores.
And what they called the roasting wars to find the perfect 'golden delicious.'
The next day, my husband so graciously made a
starbucks run to go with breakfast.
It kind of helps that everything is walking distance away.
Despite not sleeping so super well
due to the family of five racoons climbing up and down the
tree above our heads and the nearby train causing our dog to howl
her head off, we still had a fabulous time.
The kids loved the park just a few steps away.
And I loved the walk through town.
Especially the fun antique shops!
A used book store was calling all of our names.
Each kid got to pick a book, at the price
of a dollar an inch.
I almost forgot to mention,
Piper's favorite part,
There were plenty just waiting to torment her.
Then we ventured for another trip to the ocean.
My son said he would not go in.
But eventually he did.
And all was well.
And last, but not least the day rounded out perfectly with a gorgeous sunset.
God did not disappoint.
All in all, it was a really beautiful
first time family camping experience
and a wonderful way to say goodbye to summer.