|Hayden, 7, at Owens Beach, Pt. Defiance, WA. The gray? Rain. Sheets of.|
When in Washington (the state), going to the beach may look different than going to the beach in other locations.
For instance, one may need to wear a winter hat at our beaches.
|Hayden, Audrey, and Khloe sporting layers, hats (including winter), and beach tools.|
You will get wet. With rain more than salt water.
Barnacles and tiny crabs abound.
Picnics are held under shelter. Or you eat wet food.
|Picnics under shelter keep the food dry.|
Sand will be discovered in odd and stayed-in-the-van-how-did-sand-get-there places.
You will bring too many things in order to plan for any type of weather.
|Gage, 1. The same beach and same age when Hayden first went to the beach.|
Laundry and deep cleaning will be necessary once you get home.
|He who wanted to throw himself into the water. Or eat sand. It was hands-on-Gage for one adult at all times.|
Umbrellas are often in use.
|Can you see the little feathery barnacles? The openings are ones that are feeding.|
Water sandals are the perfect shoe. Waterproof and protective against stones.
Seals will wonder what you are doing. Bald eagles will soar, seagulls will annoy, ferries will pass, squirrels will steal, raccoons will beg, deer will graze.
|Looking at wildlife.|
Strangers are kind. They may even bring a new crab specimen and seaweed clump for investigation.
|Our barnacle and crab observation project.|
You can still get sunburned if it's raining and cold.
If you want to go to the beach, go. Sunny or rainy, windy or stormy, the beach is a wonderful destination. Just know that our beaches will not resemble southern beaches (most of the time). The water will not be warm. Body extremities will turn blue. Noses will run.
But it will be the beach.
|The group - minus the photographer who quickly unwrapped the camera for a quick shot.|