Day 12 - Happy 4th from Silver Strand

We started off our day by going to Westport for some real grocery shopping. We had heard from one of the neighbors that Lidl has great prices, so off we went. We had fun shopping, and since by the time we finished it was after lunch time, I let the munchkins split a chocolate chip muffin before we got back in the car.

 Happy kids

Happy kids

I think I should mention that we are both getting very good at driving this stick car on the "wrong" side of the road. Hopefully I am not jinxing us. On the drive back the rain stopped and we had plenty of beautiful sunshine. 

Once we put all the grocery shopping away we decided that since it was a beautiful day we should head to the Silver Strand beach which is about 6 km from the house. The road to get to Silver Strand is even narrower than the roads around the house, and there were some sheep that were just hanging out on the side of the road. Keep in mind that this is meant to be a 2 lane road! 

 The road to Silver Strand

The road to Silver Strand

Once we arrived, we were completely wowed by the scenery. There is a long sandy beach, about a 5 min walk, before you even get to the water. We have heard that the water comes up and covers the entire sandy area when the tide comes in, and some people who park too close have even had their cars swept away. 

At first we were all alone on the beach before just a handful of people arrived. Although it was a bit chilly, we had a great time running around, writing and playing in the sand.

 Happy 4th of July from Silver Strand

Happy 4th of July from Silver Strand

We came across quite a few purple jellyfish in the sand. Apparently the purple jellyfish don't sting, but we stayed clear of them anyways, although I'm not sure if they are even alive if they are out of the water.

 Purple Jellyfish

Purple Jellyfish

A bit further down there are some small pools that have formed in the sand and the water in them was actually fairly warm.

 The small pools/streams on the beach

The small pools/streams on the beach

Kian had a blast running from puddle to puddle and splashing around. He even fell down a couple of times but didn't mind it one bit, despite the cold winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean.

 Kian with Batman in one hand and Robin in the other having fun in the small pools

Kian with Batman in one hand and Robin in the other having fun in the small pools

Meanwhile a bit further away from the water, Hannah was having a great time with her sand toys, although she was not so jazzed about the wind.

 Hannah holding on to her hood

Hannah holding on to her hood

 Hannah playing with sand. She can be entertained with sand and rocks for a long time :) 

Hannah playing with sand. She can be entertained with sand and rocks for a long time :) 

I also had fun on the beach and took advantage of the hard sand to do a few yoga poses by the water. 

 My attempt at the wheel. It still needs work!

My attempt at the wheel. It still needs work!

The two Supermen returned from splashing in the pools and posed for a photo.

 It's bird. It's a plane. It's Superman...wait there are 2 of them :)

It's bird. It's a plane. It's Superman...wait there are 2 of them :)

We all put on our flip flops and ventured down the beach to climb up a small hill for an even better view of the ocean.  Before there were some sheep up there, but they came down long enough for our photo.

 Views from the top of the hill

Views from the top of the hill

 Munchkins and Mommy (Would you believe the sheep can climb up here? We had to look out for sheep poop!)

Munchkins and Mommy (Would you believe the sheep can climb up here? We had to look out for sheep poop!)

 The 120 degree panorama view from the top of the hill

The 120 degree panorama view from the top of the hill

Hannah and I hiked back down the hill and once we got past the pools and back on the beach, I took a picture of the Supermen. If you look carefully you can see both of them on top of the hill. 

 Supermen on the hill

Supermen on the hill

Shortly after, as it was getting closer to dinner time, we started to head back to the car. On the walk back Hannah had a blast collecting seashells. We kept hearing her say, "Guys wait wait wait" as she would stop to pick up a new seashell. 

 Hannah showing one of her collected seashells

Hannah showing one of her collected seashells

Once home, Hannah washed all of her sandy seashells.

 A small part of Hannah's seashell collection

A small part of Hannah's seashell collection

We all had tomato soup with bread for dinner. We were too hungry to take any pictures.