Birch Bay Travel Blog› entry 2 of 2 › view all entries
July 4th, 2009 – by: aelder2259
After the breakfast dishes were washed and dried, we decided to drive down to the beach along the bay since the tide was going out. Clams were spitting left and right across the mud flats as people were digging them up. I wore my water shoes and waded into the water. The cold water felt really good on the bursitis in my left heel. It was fascinating to see so much sea life in the shallow water. There were periwinkles, hermit crabs, red rock crabs, and dungeness crabs (mostly tiny ones).
We headed back to camp after our morning walk through the water. Since the kids had awakened us so early, we both decided to take a nap. We ended up sleeping over two hours! We spent the rest of the afternoon eating fruit and reading the books we brought with us.
Around 5:30pm, we drove back to Birch Bay to my in-laws. Their friends, Doug and Julie, were cooking paella so we took along the oysters we hadn't eaten to add to the mix. Though it took a while to cook, the paella was really delicious. I skipped the peach pie since I had eaten a whoopie pie that Dave gave me earlier.
By the time we finished eating, it was starting to get dark and we could hear more and more fireworks being set off. We took our chairs across the road to have a front-row view at our end of the bay. As far around the bay as you could see...and even across the water to Vancouver, you could see fireworks. I discovered that my small Nikon camera had a setting for fireworks, so I was able to get some really cool photos. We watched for several hours before packing up and heading back to the campsite. We had to take the long way around since the main thoroughfare was blocked off by the police.
We fell asleep almost immediately and, thank god, the kids across from us kept it quiet the next day. All in all, we had a really nice trip and I got to spend some quality time with my husband without anyone competing for his attention.
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