Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Family Anniversary on the Bay

Our wedding anniversary isn't really a romantic occasion, it's more of a family event.  That's because my husband and I didn't get married until our son was almost one year old, so I carried him at the wedding instead of a bouquet.

And then, when we finally saved enough money for our dream honeymoon to France and Italy, we took our son with us.

So now my son talks about how 'we' had a wedding.  And 'we' went on a honeymoon.  And when May 27th rolls around, he calls it 'our anniversary'.  I think it's pretty cute.  My husband and I always go on a romantic date to celebrate the day we met, but the wedding anniversary is definitely a family holiday!

This past weekend was our wedding anniversary, and my husband surprised my son and I with a sail on Monterey Bay.  We were so excited!  We live near the bay, visit its shores at least once a day, but my son and I had never actually been out on the water.  So on Saturday we headed for the harbor, boarded a catamaran, and sailed out to sea for a fun adventure!

Now, since this is a romance author blog, I'll just mention that the handsome crew members made me wonder if I should write a story about sailors!  Or harbor patrol officers!  I tried to get a photo of this gentleman, but he zoomed by a bit too fast for me.  But he had a romance-novel hero aura about him for sure!

Anyway, I cannot recommend an anniversary boat-adventure highly enough. We had so much fun! We loved seeing our town from the water.

And The Boardwalk is always fun to see from any angle.

And the critters!  We were hoping to see the humpback whales and orcas that live in the bay, but I think they were hiding out due to the choppy water.  We did find sea lions by the wharf and swimming alongside the boat.

And we sailed by an otter, who looked a little upset that we'd interrupted his meal.  Can you spot the shell in his paws?

Although we see pelicans in our neighborhood every day, it's usually from a distance.  It was amazing to see them swoop right over the boat!

We couldn't have asked for a better anniversary celebration.  As we chugged past the lighthouse and into the harbor, all we could think about was when we could head out onto the bay again!

Whether it's for an anniversary or just for fun, what kinds of adventures do you enjoy with the people you love?


dstoutholcomb said...

we've had so many anniversaries with the kids, too.

Love your photos! Happy Anniversary!


Claire McEwen said...

Thanks so much, Denise! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has family anniversaries. I feel like there's a bit of pressure to go out and be really romantic, but I love celebrating with our kiddo!
~ Claire

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