Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer Vacacay p3: Interlude 1

Beach house!
The forecast for today said it was going to be cloudy all day with a good chance of rain. Combine that with some slight muscle soreness from yesterday, and we decided it would be wise to take it kind of easy today.  As such, we opted to stroll up and down the beach a bit.

This was the first time in our two-and-a-half days that we actually made it down to the beach, and it was pretty nice.  The breeze coming in off of the Pacific was refreshing, even invigorating.  The sand itself was very fine near the foliage, but fairly packed nearer the water, making the strolling pretty easy once we got away from the house.

Turning right, we made our way northward, keeping the ocean on our left and the treeline on our right.  There were a few spots where the surf was still running up the beach pretty well, making our trip almost adventurous.
Graceful as a lame gazelle!

Luckily for me, the boys were there to keep me grounded.

Srsly dad... are we there yet?
Dad, we need to talk about all this walking...

The sky gave us glimpses of blue, so we had hopes that there would be some sunshine today.

Tide pools and blue sky!

Unfortunately, that was the most blue we saw today.  Shortly after we got back to the house, it started sprinkling, and turned into an almost-honest rain.

The only solution was a board game.  We had purchased a game called "Cash n' Guns" a couple of weeks ago but hadn't had a chance to play it.  The boys thought it would be a good idea to pack it with us.  Their forethought gave us a pretty fun half-hour.

Nobody saw nothin', see?
It's a game where each player takes on the role of a robber, and they've (collectively) scored a huge heist.  The robbers go through the process of splitting up the loot over 8 rounds, only they manage to pull guns on each other every round.  You get to choose whether or not you actually shoot or just fake shoot someone every round, except that you *have* to shoot at least 3 of 8 rounds.  You can also choose whether or not to dodge the potential gunshots, in which case you can't grab any loot that round.  People that don't get shot and don't dodge get to share the loot.  The person with the most loot after 8 rounds wins.  Any guesses on the final scores?  Or at least who won?

If you guessed Tanya, then Gabriel slightly edging out Garrett, with me bringing up the rear in a distant 4th, then you should buy some lottery tickets tonight as well. :-)

Tanya and I wanted to have dinner in town at another well-rated seafood place.  However, neither boy could be convinced to join us, so... Mac 'n Cheese round 2 for them!  Meanwhile, Tanya and I went to Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport.  Tanya had the Fishwives Stew, and I had the Seared King Salmon.  Both were very good, but most importantly, we had two desserts: a homemade Lemon Cookie Ice Cream and a Shortbread Parfait.  If you are in the area and *don't* try the Lemon Cookie Ice Cream, YOU ARE A FOOL!  That ice cream makes me want to buy an ice cream maker and grow a Meyer lemon tree.

The other thing I spent a bunch of time doing today was trying to wrap my head around the Firefly RPG rules so that the boys and I can do an Episode sometime this week.  Nerdy adventures await, people!  However, tomorrow we'll be back to the active schedule, so you'll probably have to wait until Thursday for outer space adventures...

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