Yesterday we arrived in Avalon, New Jersey to bright sunny skies and very warm temps. The perfect beach day if there ever was one. I have very fond memories of Avalon as I vacationed here as a child with my Dad.
Wonderful memories of crabbing, biking and exploring Avalon. I so looked forward to sharing this magical place with my kids and hoped that it hadn’t changed much since last I’ve been here. And I needn’t have worried because it didn’t change a bit…
This beachfront family resort is the shortest walk you can imagine to one of the prettiest beaches on the East Coast. And please remember that a New Englander is saying this. As much as I love our beaches in Massachusetts, I actually love the Jersey shore beaches even more. But we’ll keep that between you and me.
Why do I favor the beaches here? Let me count the ways…
First of all, the water’s warmer here. Our water up in New England stays too chilly for my liking the entire summer. Also, the beaches here feel like heaven when I step on them. Super fine powdery sand that is not only easier to walk on, but fun to make sandcastles with because there aren’t any rocks in it. Well, not as many as we have back home anyway.
So, this is the perfect sand to build with and I’m not the only one who feels that way. Matter of fact, Joey brought in the king of castle building, Matt The Sandman, to give us a demonstration on how to build the perfect sandcastle.
And while this event was geared more towards younger kids, my son Michael was completely into the sand sculpting lesson. This really should come as no surprise considering his keen interest in art. It certainly helped that Matt’s lesson was a bit above the littlest one’s heads because Michael learned a lot in short order.
Now, Michael knew that he wasn’t going to get a bit of peace from his sisters if he didn’t start them off with their own castles first. So, being the excellent big brother that he is, he got them started with their own creations. Once they were happily slinging sand every which way, he set off to master his newfound skills.
Matt noticed that Michael was meticulously working away, so he came over to give Michael some one-on-one sand sculpting tips. Which of course Michael thoroughly appreciated. There’s something about two artists communicating. They get each other in ways that us non-artistic folk do not.
At the beginning of his presentation, Matt gave every family a set of his award winning sand sculpting tools. And these tools really did make a difference which you can tell just by looking at Michael’s castle.
After an hour and a half, Michael was pretty satisfied with his creation. But then this happened…
The tide started to come in. Lesson learned. Build your sandcastle well away from the waterfront.
I was a little hesitant to bring Michael along on this trip. Mostly because I knew that most of the kids coming to this shindig were going to be much younger. But I have to tell you, our morning with Matt The Sandman was so worth the trip. Especially for Michael. I was so glad that he enjoyed it.
The rest of our day got sort of washed out due to the rain, but it still worked out just fine. The kids were pretty zonked after the sandcastle class, so we headed back to the room for a siesta for them and work time for me.
Once the skies cleared, we spent a couple hours at the hotel pool and then off we went for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.
A very low-key evening with my kids which was actually quite nice. We don’t get much low-key anything in our lives lately, so we really appreciated this quiet time together.
Tomorrow has us traveling home and preparing for the start of school. And while this trip was truly too short, it was still very precious. And now another generation has fond memories of Avalon, New Jersey.