I took the kids down to the coast when the tide was out so we could see if we could spot anything cool.

It was absolutely freezing down there – this biting wind going on with the frigid water. It always makes me laugh when people think of California beaches as these Florida-esque ones because really, nothing could be further from the truth. Comparing a beach in Northern California with one in Northern Scotland might be more accurate.

Anyway, so there we went. Micah initially led the way, Mack was pissed off about something and refused to budge from the driftwood and snack supplies. Moxie was OFF. Micah got cold and went back to hang out with Mack (and the snack supplies) and Moxie just kept going. I had to drag her back to the snack supplies when I saw her little legs turning blue.

This is one of the things that I can’t stop being crazy about with her. I swoon over her drive to explore. She has every bit of curiosity that I ever did, but a lot more in the way of fearlessness. Frigid water won’t make her flinch if it looks interesting. Rocks make her happy if they are climbable. Sand, mud, dirt – all cool elements to her.

Here are some photos:

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Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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