Since the birth of our little on in 2013, we’ve not had a vacation. First world problem for sure, but it’s still there. Not only have we not really been able to do it, I’ve been missing a big piece of my “brain puzzle”: The Beach.
The ocean does something to me and I’m not quite sure how to explain it. It’s the closest I get to true mental relaxation and focus, brings me to that point where I can clear my mind. It could be 10 degrees and snowing and I’d still go out on the beach for a stroll. Another important factor was missing for me though, and I’m glad we finally caught up with it.
We had a very serious conversation a long time ago about the importance of sharing what we love with our little one. To gift upon her the knowledge and the experiences and especially the existence of places that feed into who we are. So since we had been unable to take a trip to my favorite spot, I hadn’t been able to share it with Emma.
My kid had never been to the beach, experienced real sand, or the ocean. This was a deep need. So as soon as my lovely wife suggested we finally take that trip this year, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.
The travel to Ocean City Maryland wasn’t bad, about 4 and 1/2 hours. We had taken a long trip before for a wedding down in Arlington within the last year, so we had already “broken her in” to what a long drive entails. The hotel was fun and the weather was perfect for us, and by “perfect for us” I mean: 65-70 degrees every day, on the verge of rain almost constantly, heavy fog for 4 of the 5 days, and 25-30 degree water. For some reason we both really enjoy that “Northern Ireland/Northern France” type weather where you can wear a light sweatshirt at all times.
It was perfect. We were lazy when it was appropriate, indulged in snacks whenever we pleased, wore comfy clothing the entire trip, got the kiddo’s feet into the ocean (which on day 3 she became afraid of for some reason, despite loving it the day before), and she got to play in the sand the likes of which she hadn’t previously. She had a blast and we got to relax all at the same time. If you are familiar with the island and are thinking “did you go to Assateague Island” the answer is no. I’m crazy allergic to horses and we were mega content with being by the boardwalk and just spending quality time together.
Special shout-out to Backshore Brewing Company on the Boardwalk. Holy shit that beer is delicious, and Mary was fun company as we talked about how crazy our kids can be. I promise a full review soon!
We may not do it that often, but when we do, we do it right. This is one of those things I’ve been looking forward to the most as a Dad, being able to take trips with the little one and show her new things. Give her experiences of the world to expand her horizons etc etc. I’m not sure where we’ll go next, but the travel bug that my wife and I share has resurfaced and given us another big 0l’ bite.