At the end of June we headed to Long Beach Island for a week of fun in the sun and sand. This is our second year renting a little beach bungalow on LBI and it was a blast! My kid is a beach bum and would be very happy to live by the sea. We daydreamed about living at the shore while we were there. We had almost perfect weather all week and only lost half a day on the beach due to some fierce thunderstorms.
On Father's Day, while daddio enjoyed a much deserved nap in the hammock, the kiddo and I went for a walk over to the local fishing pier. He was fascinated by the teens who were crabbing with lots of traps. They showed him some of the crabs they had caught. He wanted to go fishing so much, but I know nothing about it. I remembered that the house we rented had crab traps, so we went back to the house to fetch some equipment. I wasn't sure what we would catch, but thought he'd have fun trying. One of the girls there gave us some bait for the trap and we did catch one tiny little baby crab, but he fell out of the trap when we were pulling it up. We ended up with nothing, but had fun. Later in the week he took his dad back over to try again.
The obsession with fishing continued through the week. I finally bought the kiddo a small fishing net to use on the beach. We went to the bay to watch the sunset and he tried to catch something! That night he didn't get anything, but the next day on the beach he caught a little jelly fish (that was probably already dead.) He still talks about owning a fishing rod. This might become a new hobby!
One morning we headed to the Barnegat Lighthouse. The kiddo and I climbed the 217 steps up to the top to see the view of the island. Apparently my kid has developed a fear of heights! It was really amazing to see the view of the coast. Looking down I managed to catch a shadow of the lighthouse on the water below.
Digging on the beach was a fun activity! We dug lots of holes and made a few sandcastles. At the end of the week the kiddo even made a friend on the beach and they dug in the sand together. It was a fun week!