One of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs has always been "When the Coast is Clear" from the Floridays album. Since neither of us are really ocean swimmers nor do our complexions play well with long afternoons in the sun, Liz and I both seem to enjoy the beach more during the offseason, when "the tourist traps are empty."
When we saw the weather forecast for the North Carolina coast this weekend was highs in the low 70s, we threw the kids in the minivan and headed to the beach for the day on Saturday. We spent the afternoon out on the beach at Fort Fisher and then visited the NC Aquarium south of Wilmington. If this is what Global Warming is all about, it doesn't sound that bad! :)
It was Molly's first trip to the ocean, and the first one that Max can remember so it was quite an adventure. I've posted quite a few pictures from the trip over at Flickr.