“Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.“ ~ Anon.
This is a second response to the Photo Challenge GRIN from Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC. Also includes Fandango’s One Word Challenge CASH and Rag Tag Community’s Sunday Challenge Horses
Friday Lunchtime – Daughter Sophie said. “I wish we could take Evie to the seaside before the weather changes.” Unbelievable as it sounds, Evie had never been to the seaside.
Early Saturday Morning – Two cars, five adults, and three small children wearing big grins, set off for Bridlington and the East Coast of Yorkshire.
I prefer to drive, and especially to Bridlington, it’s a pleasant drive and the time passes quickly, plus it’s hilarious when you play I Spy with a four year old!
After a two hour journey, we arrived at the Park and Ride carpark. The large carpark is situated to the south of the town and overlooks a large expanse of beach where the tide never comes all the way in. The added bonus here is there are no amusements and no fairground rides. One can enjoy a peaceful day on the beach with no distractions!
The £5.00 car park fee includes a free journey there and back for five passengers on the park and ride bus into the town. Excellent value and saved us lots of CASH!
Zooming in on the beach below showed us that the tide was on its way out.
Conveniently placed at the edge of the carpark is a large new toilet block with showers, there is also a cafe and a shop.
I’ve been coming here since I was a child, and over the years have spent many happy hours on this beach with my own children and later my grandchildren. But since Evie was born four years ago, whenever the rest of us came over, Sophie and Evie were unable to join us.
From the carpark I used my long lens to zoom in on the town of Bridlington.
Big grins as Evie and her cousin William begin the walk down the slope to the beach
Uncle Joss takes Evie for her first paddle in the sea!
Another big grin just after the over-excited child threw herself face down into the water!
Click to enlarge – As they all played on the sand, building castles and moats (including son-in-law Alistair), Evie announced she could not believe she was playing on a real beach.
After a few hours on the beach, we decided to take advantage of the park and ride bus.
The town was exceptionally busy on what was likely to be our last day of pleasant, late summer weather. First, we took the children to see the boats in the harbour, and then we found a decent restaurant away from all the crowds where we enjoyed a mid-afternoon late lunch of fish and chips. You cannot go to the seaside without trying the local fish and chips, it’s almost mandatory!
Bridlington has the usual tacky sea front stalls and amusements, but that’s part of the seaside experience. We avoided going inside the amusement arcades, but we treated each of them to sticks of seaside rock to take home, something that would normally be banned from their diets.
Next up was the fairground and the rides that are designed for the younger ones.
Lots of grins from these three, including a pose from Evie after riding the stagecoach and HORSES!
We finished the afternoon with ice creams for everyone and a bag of doughnuts to share. Not being a fan of this sugary, oily treat, I declined. At the end of the afternoon, we took a leisurely walk back to the bus stop. After freshening up at the car park facilities, we were ready to set off on our two-hour journey home.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Grin from Weekly Prompts. Fandango’s One Word Challenge CASH and Rag Tag Community’s Sunday Prompt Horses.