Isle of Palms – Friday

by Bingle on Jun.17, 2007, under Family Matters

Karen got the girls up early to try to go boogie-boarding while the tide was coming in. They were out there for almost two hours, right through high tide. Luckily for them, the high tide wasn’t nearly as high as it had been the night before. The high tide the night before had scattered all of the built up sticks from the edge of the dune away, making the step down to the beach about a foot and a half. It had also deposited a palm tree (likely one of the ones we had seen) a couple of feet away from our path.

We tried making a trip out to “Bird Island” after lunch, but the tide was still too high and it was drizzling and the wind was making it a bit too chilly, so we turned back and decided we’d make a second attempt closer to when the tide would be at its lowest. Karen, Rich, Ashley, Amber, Alyssa, Chris, Tony, Anita, and Amber ended up making the trip. We found several more (deceased) sand dollars, a couple of empty whelk shells, and another (living) starfish. Ashley and Amber took turns holding the starfish on its back while everyone took the opportunity to feel its hundreds of little legs which were frantically waving back and forth.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty lazy. The memory books were finished, a couple of games of Blokus were played, and the packing of the vehicles began in earnest. We need to have the keys back to the rental agency by 10 a.m., so everyone is getting a pretty early start in the morning.

We finished off the evening with games of “Up and Down the River”, Rummy, and Formula De. The Formula De race ended up only being one lap instead of two as it was getting pretty late and Ashley was already falling asleep at the table between turns.

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