Pandabonium and K took me to the beach on Sunday. I hadn't been there since last year (see Beach Blanket Momo to read about that trip and see more pictures). When we left home, I sat on Pandabonium's lap and looked out the windows of the car, just to make sure we were really on our way. Then I curled up on the floor for the rest of the trip.
The beach park, Kashimanada, isn't really very far and we were there in less than 30 minutes. Kashimanada Park has a big grassy area near the road, plus a parking lot, restrooms, and a farmers market. There are some other buildings that can be used for nature talks or meetings. They don't allow cars, motor scooters or bicycles within the park, but dogs are welcome (woof!).
The smell of the salty ocean air excited my senses and I needed to "5-4-4" (go shi shi) - it means pee - as soon as we arrived and so bolted out the door as soon as it was open. Pandabonium was not at all happy about that and worried I might get hit by a car, but I made it to the grass strip on the edge of the parking lot. Then I let him put me on the leash and we headed for the beach which is down a long path paved to look like brick. There was a marching band practicing music and formations on the lawn.
At the beach level, the park runs up and down the coast, with a nice grass area in the middle and long elevated boardwalks that go through pines. I like the grass best, as the ocean is really loud and scary, but they took me down to the beach first. There is a walkway there and lots of people were playing in the sand, fishing, or just enjoying the fresh air and watching the ocean.
They wanted to walk me along the sand, but I didn't want to be that close to the water. I was pulling as hard as I could and K had to hang on to the leash with both hands to hold me back. Finally they gave up and took me back up to the grassy area.
There were lots of people there with young kids who were playing on the big "flying saucer" and slide or rolling down the steep part of the grass hill. We went up to the wooden watch tower and sat on the bench there watching the waves and people. Some of the kids came up to see me.
This is me on the flying saucer last year, but since there were kids playing on it this time, I stayed off of it. In 1803, a woman in strange clothing came ashore here in a mysterious circular craft. You can read all about it in "Alien Encounter!" on this blog.
The sun felt warm, but the air was cool and there was a little breeze blowing up the coast. Sea gulls were flying up and down the beach, occasionally swooping down to the water or sand, perhaps to pick up a sand crab to eat.
Pandabonium and K shared some pretzel sticks with me. They brought my water dish so I could have a drink. One boy and his mom were playing a game of catch with a Frisbee. He looked like he was having fun, but I was more interested in the pretzels.
Well, when the pretzel sticks ran out I was ready to do something else. The sun was starting to go behind the tree tops and Panda loaned K his windbreaker since she was feeling a chill.
We decided it was time to head for home. On the way back to the car we saw lot of dogs on their way to the beach or just playing on the grass at the park entrance. Some of them looked kind of scary and I didn't want to walk past them, so K and Pandabonium took turns holding me the rest of the way. The marching band was still practicing, reminding Pandabonium of his high school years. Back in the car, I once again sat on Pandabonium's lap until we got out on the road, then curled up on the floor. It had been a fun afternoon, but just then I was looking forward to home, dinner and a good rest.