An excuse to visit McDonald's?
Yes, we have tried to keep the fast food to a minimum while on the this trip, as we are not big on it in Iceland (home of the 123% more expensive Big Mac). So, I would say to the kids' delight (except that they almost never ask to go there) we had lunch at Mickey D's today, primarily out of guilt.
The Saltwater Cowboys, who help guide the ponies during the swim, were available for photographs and autographs. This is the third year McDonald's (conveniently located smack next to the hotel) has sponsored the event and, well, the iced tea was freshly brewed. So, we waited patiently with the other folks, only had one rude person shove in front of us and saved the cowboys time by just having them pose with with the girls. With our luck (and travels yet to come) autographs might not last long.
After lunch on the 'veranda', we headed off to purchase necessary beach accoutrement. Sadly, it was far cheaper to buy than rent and hopefully, we will find a nice family to leave the chairs with when we leave. After all of that excitement, we had a few hours of sun and fun, one major wipeout for Cait on the boogie board and 3 bad "splashies" for Kelsey and myself. Apparently, it is much more fun to ride the waves with Dad! Of course, I was terribly sad to have quiet time to read on the beach in the SUN! I am still soooo loving the warmth.
We ended up with a trip to Steamer's for dinner. I had the Steamer (clams, shrimp, crabs & corn) and Cait opted for the kids version of all-you-can-eat snow crab. Yes, Peter and Kelsey ate too (a fried platter and kids clams) but had to leave us be after a while (slow crackers).
I have to say Cait most definitely received our money's worth for what she consumed. Wish I had a picture, but then the camera would have been destroyed by the salty, spicy Old Bay covering my hands as I enjoyed cracking open those blue crabs.
Oh, and dessert? Yeah, Mr. Whippy. Or as Kelsey pointed out, "Mr. Whippy is Mr. Crowded!" Almost couldn't find a spot, but we persevered. And now off to bed so we can catch the
5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., (oh, well, we'll get there by) 8:00 a.m. shuttle to the pony swim.