|Dash and Granny on a typical late-June day at the beach in Dublin|
Dash can swim, after a fashion, but is very leery of getting his face wet. I hope the extra buoyancy of the salt water will be a pleasant surprise, and that the odd splashlet from a wave won't be a huge tragedy. They both have "floatie" jackets that they wear at the pool part of the time, which gives me a greater sense of security. On the other hand, I wouldn't want anyone floatie-ing away from us - the no-boundaries ocean will be a bit of a shock on that front.
So I wanted to ask you, what should we bring? We're renting a condo for the week, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, which I've wanted to visit ever since I saw it on a map. Beyond some very basic sandbox buckets and spades, all we have are swimsuits and a few towels. Do I need to beg/borrow/steal a shade tent or canopy-thingy, and if so what sort is best? Should we bring the kids' bikes or scooters along? What sort of toys are good for the beach, that I might not think of?
|A less-typical Dublin beach day; don't be deceived - the water was freezing|