Hubby had the thought a few weeks ago to pack up the kids and the dogs on Saturday the 11th for a family day trip. With his schedule, weekend days off only turn up about every 6 weeks, so little family days need to be planned ahead of time. He also thought it would be nice for me to get my mind off of some thoughts that have been occupying my mind this week (I’ve shared these thoughts with a few of you; I should get my answer tomorrow.) It is a rare day indeed that all four of us can spend the day together, so we grabbed a few supplies, leashed the dogs and headed back down to the Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center, which I told you about in this post.
The beach at the visitor’s center is one of the few on the Cape that seems to be dog friendly. Daphne and Teddy had never experienced an ocean beach before so we were curious to see how they would react.
We kept them on 16-ft. retractable leashes for a couple reasons: Teddy is not known for listening all that well when called, and we wanted to be certain they were not bothering anyone else who decided to enjoy this windy, but sunny and bright day. Unfortunately, these are the only shots I have of the dogs near the water. Due to my failure to 1) zero out my camera from shooting in early evening light the day before and 2) realize the camera was not in P mode, I took about the first dozen shots of the day in bright sunshine on shutter priority mode with the shutter set for 1/20 of a second! Most of my shots of the dogs are whited out blurs of gold, black and tan fur. In the bright sunshine and my excitement to see the dogs first experience at the beach, I failed to notice the display screen in front of my face. So frustrating! I realized what I had done when I went to take a picture of a crashing wave and wanted a quick shutter speed for stop action. It didn’t occur to me to check the shots I’d already taken when I realized my mistake. Daphne and Teddy were not overly enchanted with the beach this day, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten many more shots of them playing anyway. It was high tide, quite windy, and their first time, so I think they may have been more nervous than excited about their surroundings. After the beach, we took a nice long walk along the canal to help use up the energy of dogs that had been traveling in a car for 2 hours.
During our walk, I saw some interesting sights along the way, so I was constantly stopping to take pictures and then catch up with the rest of the family.
Boat of flowers at the Sandwich Marina
Strange swirling vortex of water
I don’t know if this little flag was placed yesterday or not, but I thought it appropriate on 9/11.
A crowd of cormorants
After a good long walk and a stop for ice cream while visiting with my mother, it was time to get back in the car and head home. The car is hubby’s Chevy Suburban, which provided leg room for the kids and a place for tired pooches to sleep their way home:
There are a few more pictures from our day on my Flickr page, if you want to have a look. Go ahead, give it a click! 🙂