We spent the day at Parlee Beach in Shediac, New Brunswick and it was Athena’s idea of a dream beach. It offers a playground, soft sand, warm, shallow waters, life guards and bathrooms. Athena and I will be spending most of our three-week New Brunswick vacation at Parlee Beach because it doesn’t get any better than this.
As soon as we arrived, Athena took off her shoes and ran in the soft sand. It was clean with minimal rocks or seaweeds. The recent rain showers made it damp just below the surface and fantastic for sandcastles. We sat and played while looking out at the calm ocean.
When we did get in the water, it was extremely warm in comparison to the cold Pacific. As if that wasn’t enough to put a smile on our faces, it was shallow for hundreds of feet. Athena ran, splashed and played and I didn’t need to worry about her going out over her head.
Can you see how far out people are standing? It’s awesome for kids.
Athena’s favorite part of the morning was searching for crabs. They were tiny and didn’t bother us while playing. She liked watching them poke their heads out of the shell and placing them back in the water to scurry away. It’s encouraging to see how gentle she is with all life and how little fear she has for things that once scared me.
We stopped at the playground before heading home. It has swings, slides and a few climbing structures. I could see her eyes grow tired from all the fun and excitement but I wanted to stay as long as possible.
There’s no question that I love extreme adventure. Put my on the wing of a plane or upside down in a cockpit and I will glow with happiness but watching Athena play at the beach brings a different joy of joy into my life. It’s simple and beautiful. It’s impossible not to smile and feel complete when you’re watching your child laugh and play.
We have a few plans tomorrow including Resurgo Place and swimming at my brother’s pool, but I’m hoping to find time for the beach every day while we’re here.