In the summer, it can be very crowded and James doesn't have any sense of personal space. He immediately tries to interact with strangers and attempts to steal their food or personal belongings. He can get grouchy and overly warm, and we have to worry about protecting him from the sun.
Jones Beach, Field 2 goes on forever before reaching the ocean.
In the spring, a baseball hat is the only protection he needs because he's already bundled up against the ocean breeze. The beach is a huge empty sandbox where he can run free without his parents telling him to be careful or climb down from this or that.
We took him in April to run around Field 2 after our trip to The Cradle of Aviation, and we took him again in May and checked out Field 6.
Watching James write in the sand
Asserting his independence, April
Playing tag with Dada, April
James likes getting caught, April
Sand makes for a good place to fall, April
He loves Jones Beach!
After our trip in April, he started asking me to go back to the beach. I am a complete pushover for any displays of language, so as soon as we could we took him back in May to Field 6. There were tons of seagulls there that day and that led him over to the ocean. Once he was there he was fascinated by the breaking waves and foam on the sand. He doesn't really understand the concept of being washed away into the ocean, so Kevin stood by ready to pluck him to safety. As this was repeated a number of times, James decided that being rescued from the waves was the most fun game ever.
Kevin and James on Field 6, May
Looking at the ocean
Touching the ocean foam
One of many rescues from the waves
Loving this game!
Beach glamour shot