Our First Trip to Bluff Point

A homeschool family that we rarely get to see was coming up near our end of the state and we were all excited to meet up with them and spend time together at the beach on Friday.

We headed to Bluff Point State Park and settled back with our book on CD for a long car ride.  The boys were in good spirits and the sun ended up making an appearance, even though the forecast had called for mostly cloudy skies with chances of rain and thunderstorms.

We had never been to Bluff Point and were not sure what we would find; other than the ocean! 

I had no idea it was almost an hour walk out to the bluff and the beach that abuts the bluff or else we probably would have packed even less than we did.

  • We brought our lunches (in a backpack cooler)
  • A blanket to sit on
  • Three towels for the boys
  • A few pails
  • A shovel 
  • A fishing net.  
After walking for 20 min. the boys were ready to mutiny and tried to pass off their load onto me.  I explained that we were all tired and hot but we SHOULD be there soon.  I felt bad that they were miserable but I reminded them that we always have a long walk from the car to the beach.

If we weren't so focused on meeting our friends, the weight of all the stuff in our arms, and seeing the beach we would have really enjoyed a leisurely stroll up to the bluff.

We had the woods on one side of us and a marsh on the other.  We did enjoy watching the planes land and take off from a small nearby airport.  We saw a few unusual trees and noticed some waterfowl too.  But, we were so happy to finally see the sun tent of our friends and the beach.

Bluff point does not have nice sandy beaches, but there is a beach made up of small stones and shells.  It was difficult to walk on and kind of hurt our feet but we were determined to have fun-- and we did!

The boys had a great time digging holes in the beach, searching for shells, catching crabs in our buckets, walking on the rocks, and visiting with their friends.  They played all sorts of imaginary games with one another and enjoyed being out in the fresh air and sunshine.

hunting for critters in the rocks

I've got to find this book for us!  I loved looking through it

Ian found so many tiny crabs!

One of the crabs

Alec and Evan spent most of the day talking.

Alec decided to explore the rocks; but would not step one foot in the ocean

catching seaweed

It was almost hypnotic to watch the seaweed moving in the water

We found a large piece of driftwood and it became a pirate's plank,
a surfboard, and a few other things by the end of the day

Tossing the football; Ian learned a few new techniques for throwing it more accurately

We saw lots of planes overhead all day and compared them to one another

Digging holes; trying to make a damn at the beach

one of the shells we found; pretty neat to see inside the whole thing

They reached groundwater and we observed all the layers of sediment on the beach

Lots of different colors

They kept digging deeper and tried to get the water out of it using a bucket

Ian shows me a crab, close up

Alec loved that the marsh had a savanna look to it

The airport


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