Day 4 – Luann and I began our last full day by getting up early to watch the sunrise over the beach. Luann snapped about 90 pictures of the event. We had breakfast, and the plan for the day was just lounge around, do whatever, and do any pre-packing for tomorrow’s trip home.
There was lots of beach time. Everyone was out looking for shells and generally having fun in the water. Brad and Stephanie took off in the buggy to “see what was out there” – they took a drive along the beach to some place they’d never been able to get to (not having had the dune buggy previously). After several hours they came rushing back with a huge box full of amazing shells. They said that they’d found a spot where it looked like no one had ever been to, and everywhere you looked there were tons of shells. Big shells, like you get in the shops and pay lots of money for, just lying around. Tons of sand dollars too. We were all naturally very excited … until they mentioned that it was only accessible during low-tide. Well, low tide was over and the next low tide wouldn’t be until 2am. After that, the next low tide would be after we had already left for home the next day.
After some discussion, several of us decided we didn’t care too much about sleep and would rather go driving out into the middle of the ocean in the middle of the night in the pitch black and try to find some shells! Call us crazy, but we were determined. Those who stayed behind went to bed with the little ones (after they all got a much needed bath), and the rest of us teamed up on various 4-wheelers and headed off into the unknown.
Several points here. Point #1 – i have never driven a 4-wheeler before, so i had to have a quick crash-course on how to turn it on, how to shift gears, etc.. Quite a way to start – several hours of almost pitch black next to the ocean on wet sand. Fun times
Point #2 – Of the three vehicles, one of them didn’t have lights. They drove in the middle and used the headlights from the other two 4wheelers. Point #3 – did i mention we were driving for about an hour along the beach? We were way beyond where any cabanas had been built. There wasn’t a single light anywhere that the eye could see. Total, complete, pitch black. The moon was far from rising, and the ocean was going out, but all around us. My mom kept worrying about getting stuck in the sand and swallowed by the sea. Not entirely out of the realm of possibility…
We didn’t get stuck in the sand (well, the big arctic cat did once, but we pushed it out), and the ocean was going OUT, not IN so we didn’t get surrounded by ocean. About 1 in the morning we finally decided that we weren’t going to find the spot. They’d have to come back the next trip and map it out during the day.
However, things were not completely lost. We did find a wonderful spot full of crabs and sand dollars, so everyone got their fill of shells. I was having a blast being out in the middle of nothing in the middle of the night on a wild and crazy adventure. I only wished it would have lasted longer, but we had to start heading back before the tide turned and we really did get stuck.
This was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. If this had been all we did the entire time, it would have been worth it.