One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to spend more time outdoors. Well, I'm doing pretty good so far this year, thanks to Flat Stanely. Rather than sit at my desk and read CNN.com, I went out three days last week to take Flat Stanley to the Mission, Bubblegum Alley and out for sushi. And, this past Saturday, mom and I took Flat Stanley to Avila Beach (one of the places I had on my Thursday Thirteen list which I actually managed to accomplish).
It was a beautiful day - sunny and kinda warm! I got pictures of Flat Stanley at the beach, on Avila Pier, in front of "Beach Regulation" and "Shark Warning" signs, and at the newly opened Avila Beach Marine Institute. They actually had quite a bit of exhibits up already including a touch pool, small aquariums with fish, an octopus, starfish, and a sea cucumber in them, and true-to-life tide measure. The main lobby had information on abalone fishing, sharks, displays of vintage diving equipment, and a table with microscopes where you could look at what micro organisms live in the water. It was really very fascinating!
After walking around and getting pictures, mom and I had lunch at The Custom House. I had the Sunburst sandwich (Turkey, Avocado, Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Melted Jack Cheese) with cottage cheese, and mom had the French dip sandwich and a salad. Both meals were really good, but huge, and we ended up taking half our sandwiches home for dinner. After lunch, we sat on the concrete steps by the pier and watched the waves rolling in, then, when we'd had our fill, we came back home.
Yesterday I printed Flat Stanley's pictures and put together a box with the pictures, some postcards, news papers from Avila Beach and Atascadero (I didn't include SLO's paper because they tend to print articles/opinion letters with profanity in them), a bottle of sand and some shells and a few other little knick-knacks. I mailed him out this evening, and he should arrive back home soon. I really hope the kids enjoy Flat Stanley's adventure at the beach!