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NATURALLY, KIDS: HUNT FOR FOSSILS AND BONES

Our neighbors always inspire us with their outdoor adventures. Where I overflow with curiosity, I lack in outdoor survival skills. Thankfully when we set out on this adventure, our neighbors gave us a few tips – wear tennies and watch the tide.

For years, I’ve wanted to explore a sea cave on the sea edge of the Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, CA. Ever since seeing Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.  I instinctually knew that Elliott retired to California.

This summer, our neighbors came home with this…

Big Boned

…proof that large creatures, dragons even, live off our coasts.

After guilt tactics that Mommy always does what the kids want to do and now it’s my turn, promises of adventure, and one of possibly the best pretzels ever at Nelson’s, my kids finally agreed to help me hunt for Elliott.

Arriving at the trailhead, their pace quickened.

Suddenly the jaded teenager leads the pack

Suddenly the jaded teenager leads the pack

The seawalls growing higher around us opened revealing a little cove.

Immediately the kids were submerged in the beauty of nature and the magic of the adventure.

Lauren, my rock collector, hunted for a treasured memento.

Please Mom, may I keep it?

Please Mom, may I keep it?

We opted to look for smaller ones.

What treasures the cove held

What treasures the cove held

Carson found one with a chain link fence in it. Knowing it came from the top of the cliffs chilled us. Lauren found unique rock formations.

Aliens or humans

Aliens or humans

The kids skipped a few.

Skip it

WTF: With True Force – skipping rocks!

The day surpassed Carson’s relaxation goal.

Recalibrating from hectic  Middle School days

Recalibrating from hectic Middle School days

The cave called us up the cliffs.

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

We stood at the open mouth.

Bom bombom bombombom bombombom... We love you too

Bom bombom bombombom bombombom…
We love you too

The tide warned us to stay out – but, Carson leaped in.

A squishy shoe for the hike back is worth this view!

A squishy shoe for the hike back is worth this view!

The tide pushed him into the cave!

Mom, it's open way up in back...

Mom, it’s open way up in back…

We gals vowed to return another time when the tide retreats.

Lauren secretly hoped he was moving in

Lauren secretly hoped he was moving in

After catching their breath in a cave and promising to not resist as hard next time I get a hair-brained idea,

We'll never doubt you again! Mark their words...

We’ll never doubt you again!
Mark their words…

we hiked back to civilization in search of cool refreshments.

Manhattan Beach Creamery:  They custom make magic there!

Manhattan Beach Creamery:
They custom make magic there!

 

With a name like that, curiosity wins, although the kids opted for standard options. While they weren’t thrilled with the flavor, it was all part satisfying our appetite for adventure!

Never met a flavor I didn't like... 'til now.

Never met a flavor I didn’t like…
’til now.

We will return to the cave and explore deeper with head lamps!  Plus we want to wander down another trail to take us closer to the bone yard.

Now, the kids can’t wait to see where we explore next.

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SOMETHING ABOUT NOTHING

I wake up daily at 6am, intentionally or not. Today, being a rare morning with no children nor commitments, I set my alarm later.  At 8am I awoke relishing how great it felt to still be in bed.  I closed my eyes just for a moment to wake up slowly and when I did, it was noon!  As a teen I loved sleeping in, but now I hate wasting half my day.  I planned to hit the beach today and knowing I’d missed half my prime tanning hours caused some reconsideration.

Up and at ’em lazy butt!

I debated whether I should clean house today and relax tomorrow but knowing myself and that I only had half a day tomorrow before picking up the kids, watching the clock wouldn’t be relaxing.  I also hesitated since I would be forced to a new beach due to weekend crowds at my favorites.

After a trip to 7-11 for sustenance, I was on my way!  Once I was in the car, radio blasting with the windows down, I remembered how much I loved heading to the beach all day with good friends!

Today, I didn’t bring friends.  My goal was to relax, read a book and get a tan dark enough that I don’t have to wear stockings at work. When I arrived, the sea of people and sunshades mixed with the sea!  I walked far enough to find breaks in the crowd and found my people – a gal with her kindle.  I set up my stuff, checked-in on Facebook vowing to not leave until I’d read every page, and cracked open the book!

My little window of paradise
The only unobstructed view that I saw!

The 210-page book, “The Necklace” took me nearly 4 hours to read in between dodging beach balls, flipping over regularly to tan evenly, and staring at sailboats. It felt good to do nothing yet accomplish something! For me, finishing a book in one sitting is a rare accomplishment!  Reading the book made me feel a part of a rare sorority so I left feeling like I spent the day with great girlfriends – or maybe I just spent time allowing myself to be with me and enjoyed the company.  I’ll do a full write-up to talk you into reading it too!