Saturday, July 24, 2010
Island Beach State Park
On Thursday I packed up the car and dragged both of my children back to the beach.
My mother in law is in town for her annual visit, so we met up with her and my sister in law, niece and nephew for another day of sand and surf.
Island Beach State Park is only a few minutes from my home.
It was closed the prior week due to an abnormal amount of shark sightings.
We were allowed in the water which was great, because it was as warm as ocean water could possibly be, and there was a sand bar that went out for a good 1/2 a mile, which meant the water was only waist deep.
The water was also crystal clear, which was nice and made me feel a little better to be able to see what was swimming around me.
We spent the day jumping waves with my daughter and niece but did feel a little creepy as helicopters scanned over the water and pairs of lifeguards rowed up and down the coastline just out past the swimmers.
I watched Jaws wayyyyyy too many times to not be wary about the ocean.
In fact, 2 years ago on our vacation in Emerald Isle, NC there was a minor shark attack while we were there about a mile up the beach from us.
Hell, as a kid after seeing Jaws I was even scared of going into our swimming pool at night by myself!
A few times my son headed out past everyone else and as soon as he would turn around I would wave him back in.
I told him not to be the furthest one out there...let someone else get eaten first, right?