When I found out we were being stationed at Fort Bragg, I thought of all the fun beach vacations we'd be having. I didn't really think about having them without Gunnar though. As summer approached I started getting anxious and overwhelmed by the idea of taking two small kids to the beach by myself. How could I keep track of them both? What if one of them runs off? Or worse, runs into the ocean and drowns or something like that. I started thinking I should buy some of those swimming vest and make sure the kids were attached to me at all times. Gee, do I maybe overthink things?? A lot??
Well yesterday (with barely any planning at all), I loaded the kids in the car and we headed to the coast. It's about 2 and a half hours from Fort Bragg which is really nothing to us. The kids are getting pretty used to spending way longer in the car.
I had to pick a beach that had bathrooms and other general amenities. Logistically it's just a lot of work getting the kids dressed, SPF'd and ready to hit the beach, and even more work to get them de-sanded, re-diapered and ready for the ride home.
We went to Fort Fisher, part of North Carolina Parks and Rec. It was beautiful!! I really think we found a great spot. I think the kids agree. We'll definitely be making more spontaneous beach trips this summer. The only thing that would make it even more fun would to have Gunnar here with us.