Hitting the Beach!

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

We woke up this mornin surprising early for a Saturday sleep-in. By the time 9:00 rolled around, we were ready to begin the day!

Before heading out to the beach, we started our Camfel devotional. Camfel requires every team to complete a weekly devotion. Our study will be in Exodus, about the Israelites--who are they, and why do we care, and so forth. It looks to be pretty good! We'll enjoy it.

We packed a backpack, and walked a half-mile across the island to the shore, where we had explored a little bit the night before. But now with a warm sun and plenty of other beach-goers, this place was hopping.

We started our beach day by buying lunch. We each bought a $5 slice of pizza. Five dollars! But listen to this--the slice was so big, neither of us could finish it! The whole pizza is probably three feet in diameter, and we tried to eat an eighth of it.

Full and content, we moved on to Wacky Golf, a mini golf course that was closed last night, but apparently pretty popular. And it was kinda cool. The course is actually spread out over five rooftops, which is unique. The holes are kinda simple, and the obstacles are kinda old-fashioned and run down, but they added to the classic putt-putt charm. It was entertaining, and we enjoyed it.

Victorious, we descended back down to the boardwalk. We bought some ice cream, and took it out to the beach. Last night, we bought a beach towel anticipating its use today. Sure enough, we spread it out and staked our sandy claim. Kelsey talked on the phone with her friend Kasey. I walked down the surfline and explored. This beach is actually very nice! We took some pictures. We'll have them up as soon as we can. There were some very interesting things that washed up on the shore, which made for some cool beachcombing. Live starfish, smooth pebbles, tons of large clam shells. I think I even found a jellyfish. But as I was trying to rinse it clean, it got swept away by a wave. And since it was clear as glass, I couldn't find it again. Bummer.

Kelsey and I tossed a frisbee around, but soon felt ourselves getting dehydrated. So we packed up our stuff and went to buy some lemonade.

We sipped our drinks and headed to the arcades. There were several along the boardwalk, but we decided that one of them was the best, based on our exploration the night before. We set aside a certain amount of money, and played it out on several types of arcade games. We had a lot of fun just playing. Tickets and winnings were irrelevant. In fact, we gave our tickets to some families with kids who would actually be excited to purchase some of the cheap plastic junk they had as prizes.

But one cool thing we did! When we were walking down the boardwalk, we stopped to watch some people play a carnival game. You know, one of those classic betting games where you bet on wedges of a wheel, and if the arrow lands on that wedge, you get a prize. Yeah. Well, the lady we were watching bet on one wedge (one-sixth) of the wheel, and the arrow landed on it. Meanwhile, there is an outer arrow and an outer wheel that determines what you win. The best odds are in winning either a $5 or $10 gift card to Wawa (a large local gas-station/convenient store chain). But twelve individual spokes of the wheel rendered Visa gift cards. And only one of those gift cards was a $500 Visa gift card---which this lady won! It was so cool! We watched it live and in person.
At the end of day, we returned to that game to try our luck. We put ten dollars down, calling consecutive two of the six wedges. We spun the wheel, which slowed down to a stop right in the middle of our called third! Winners! We watched the outer wheel, then, slow down. We figured at this point, we would at least get half our money back, if not all or more.
The outer arrow JUST flipped past a $100 gift card into the next spoke, a $10 Wawa card.

But hey! We did get our money back. It was fun. And now it's a cool story to tell.

All in all, we had a great day at the beach. It was a nice vacation weekend, a nice break from the ordinary.

 

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Keep an eye open in the next few days for more pictures to be uploaded, even ones from a couple weeks ago.

 
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