You never really know who is out there in the online community reading a blog. I mean we know who the official Followers are or the folks that leave comments frequently, but we don’t know exactly who the non-following readers are. Well, we met one on Saturday in Long Beach.
Saturday morning Bruce was outside the motorhome with Annie and the girls while I was trying to write out a blog post. He called to me to come on outside for a minute. I went out and he was talking to a nice looking woman who immediately came to greet me with a handshake. She said, “I read your blog. We saw you guys drive in yesterday and I thought your RV looked familiar. Then I saw your license plate cover with Pismo Beach on it and I knew! It was confirmed when I saw your husband out with Annie.”
Her husband walked up then and they introduced themselves as Al and Debbie. They live in Washington also. Debbie said she enjoyed reading my blog and knew all about us spending the summer in Tumwater with the girls. We chatted for a few more minutes and then they went on their way.
I am still amazed at the power of the internet and the social networking that can bring us all together with some common interests. So, thanks Al and Debbie for reading my blog and letting me know you enjoyed it. (I mean at least she didn’t say my blog stunk or anything like that)
OK, now for our Sunday activities. Yesterday was our final day to stay and play at the beach. The girls wanted to go out to the sand again so we said, ‘why not?’ We took Annie with us this time and she enjoyed being out there. She seems to like to stand and watch the waves or check out the birds on the sand.
The weather was OK but not super warm so I made sure the girls wore sweatshirts down to the beach. Mackenzie is still not completely over her cold. It has been a doozy. They were still just happy to have some fun by the water.
Asking if they can get wet. Please, Papa?
We told them that they could not get completely wet. The water was icy cold (as they found out) and the air wasn’t that warm either. I didn’t care if they splashed around a bit but getting soaked was not an option on this day.
Zoey is deep in thought.
It was a beautiful day even though it was a bit cool. Bruce decided to walk Annie back to the motorhome and return with the car. You can 4-wheel on this part of Long Beach. The girls played in the sand for a while longer while Bruce was getting the car.
After a drive down the beach and back we returned to the motorhome for lunch. We had plans Sunday afternoon to drive down to the Cape Disappointment State Park and meet our blogging buddies Carol and Dave. Carol and Dave each write their own blogs. We first met them in Astoria, Oregon in early June. They are absolutely the nicest folks you could ever meet and we were happy to learn they were camping so close to our area. This gave us an opportunity for another visit.
We got to their campsite and it was really a dandy. It had full hook-ups, complete with 50 amp. service in a lovely wooded area with nearby beach access. They greeted us warmly and made the Grands feel right at home. Carol gave Zoey and Mackenzie a tour of their new Bounder motorhome. Carol and Dave had gone out to the Kite Festival in Long Beach the day before and picked out these 2 flicker light things for the girls to play with and wear. How sweet was that for them to think of these 2 kids? We chatted with them for about 2 hours and then it was time to get the 2 monkeys back to our campsite so they could ride bikes and wear themselves out some more.
We said our goodbyes to Carol and Dave and thanked them for the nice gifts. I know we will meet with them again someday in the future and we look forward to that very much.
Here are the Grands with their flicker light necklaces on.
This morning it was time to leave our beach vacation behind us. Zoey and Mackenzie each voted for a return trip to the beach at some point in the future. We seconded that vote! We got back to Tumwater and settled into our usual spot. Stephanie came on her way home from work to pick the girls up and away they went.
Bruce and I are now listening to the quiet around us. It is nice and peaceful. Tomorrow morning we begin the babysitting routine at 5:30 am again. 16 more days and we’ll be heading down to Pismo Beach. I hope you enjoyed our visit to Long Beach.