We spent last weekend at the beach in Gulf Shores. The water was warmer than earlier this year and the air was hot making the water inviting. We had a couple of wildlife encounters this trip–something that usually escapes us, perhaps because five boys brings an accompanying noise that frightens away most wildlife. The first was within minutes of entering the water. A school of tiny fish swam all around us and a few small ones nibbled on our toes. While we were standing in the water talking, I was suddenly smacked in the arm and shoulder with considerable force. Adam reported it was a small group of large fish that jumped out of the water. They brushed by the boys also, creating a bit of excitement. Our time got cut short by a thunder-storm, so we headed out for lunch and spent the afternoon playing games. We made the traditional trip to the shark store and the octopus store. We went back out in the evening for a walk on the beach and collected shells and watched the birds.
The older boys enjoyed the water immensely, playing in the waves independently for the first time. Gabriel played with a bit of coaxing. Sebastian was quite content to sit and play in the sand while all of us played in the water. Our last day Adam did a bit of body surfing, which ended quickly when a couple of men came running down the shore yelling for everyone to get out of the water. He was already on the way in but turned to look back and saw a shark not far away. We did get back in the water, though I didn’t venture out quite so far. It was a beautiful day and hard to leave, but we eventually packed up and headed for home.