Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Dale Girls go to OCEAN BEACH!!!

(if i was making a flyer for ocean beach, i would have put a picture of, oh say,
THE BEACH on it. but that's just me being picky.
the clock and the flag are very nice too)

I grew up in Connecticut, as I have mentioned before. Ocean Beach was 15 minutes away, so of course we went there all the time. Especially in August, when the air temperature sometimes soared into the low 80's and the water was so warm, we could swim for 4 or 5 minutes before frostbite set in.

In fact, I still have a little blue, hand-knit wool bathing suit that was passed down from one Dale sister to another, to another, and to another. It appears on various sisters in all of our photo albums.

(yes, it's really wool. i have the hives to prove it.)

If you ever get the chance to visit Ocean Beach, you definitely should.

Here are some tips:

1. Watch closely out the front window of the car. As soon as you see anything that might possibly be the ocean, yell into your dad's ear "I SEE THE WATER!!!!!" First one to yell is the winner. Extra points if you get him to swear.

2. Dig a hole in the sand. If you dig long enough, water will appear in the bottom of the hole. This means you are very close to China.

3. If your sister is being annoying, put her in the hole and tell her they eat cry-babies in China. That will shut her up.

4. Try the clam fritters. They're amazing.

5. Bring a wool bathing suit. I wasn't kidding about the frostbite.



The Retired One said...

Tooo funny! I could say the same for swimming in our beautiful Lake Superior. The news said the water temp is a whopping 58 degrees. And yes, they are swimming in it as I speak. Here, no wool swimsuits needed...many people swim in their shorts and tops.

Fran Hill said...

That is the TRENDIEST swimming wear I have ever seen. I demand immediately that we see a picture of you in it.

Lesley said...

Retired One: I much prefer our pool water here in Texas. It probably averages about 90 degrees in the summer. (yes, that's the water temperature!) Love it.

Fran: I'll see if I can find a picture - of course, I would be about 2 years old. Today that little suit would fit on my left foot.

Lily said...

You are so funny! I can hear your dad swearing...

We had the coolest July EVER on record. Now I'm sick again and the pool is 88 degrees! Life isn't fair.


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