We live really close to the beach but we don't really go that often. There are a variety of reasons for this but none of them are really good. This time Dennis had a brilliant idea. "Instead of trekking all the way out to the ocean, let's take a quick trip to the Indian River," he proposed.
The Indian River (a lagoon system that forms the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) is a great place to launch our paddleboard, goof around with a borrowed kayak, and practice setting up our new Buc's canopy. It was a perfect day with little commitment or crowds to complicate matters. Best of all, it was a day of discovery for the kids. Not only did they enjoy experimenting with the things we brought, they also made some of their own discoveries while playing in the water. By far the coolest thing they brought up from the bottom of the sand was a teeny tiny horseshoe crab. They wanted to take it home and keep it but of course we convinced them that this was its home and should remain in the Indian River.