Ever since my first visit with Hope over in Europe when she was 10 months old, we have had a Nana/Hopers day. That first day was magical, as we hiked through her storybook village in Bavaria with her in a backpack, and then we ventured into the surrounding hills following a trail until its end. The silence and beauty were spectacular.....and as I was taking it all in, Hope gave a little gasp of awe from her pack. This caused me to giggle, which caused her to laugh. Then there was just the two of us in the virgin woods of Germany laughing so hard I had to lean against a tree to keep my knees from buckling.
Since that day, everytime we're together we take advantage of our special day...sometimes planned, sometimes spontaneous. Sometimes they cost money, sometimes absolutly free of cost. And one is no better over the other. Each becomes a special memory neither of us wants to pass up.
So a spontaneous trip sprang up recently, as we took advantage of some time before the Mallards headed off to Missouri. With no destination in mind, we headed east and stopped at the pier at St. Augustine Beach. For the cost of .50 per person, we had an evening full of fun. Hanging on the pier watching the surfers with one giving us a lesson on reading the waves, scoping out the catch of a lone fisherman, playing in the splash park