John woke up yesterday wanting to get away. His suggestion: a day trip to Block Island. I was immediately on board. We checked the ferry schedule online and realized we only had an hour and half until the next one departed. That is the same amount of time it takes us to get there so we hustled. I threw bathing suits, towels, snacks and a few sand toys into a bag and we were off. Anticipation was high in the car as we didn't have a minute to even stop at a red light. It came down to the wire but we were the second to last people to board the ferry and on our way! With water surrounding me on all sides, I began to relax.
The weather was spectacular! Brilliant blue skies, just the right amount of fluffy white clouds and a slow breeze coming off the ocean. We staked out a spot on the beach and remained there for the majority of the day. Camryn jumped the waves while Dylan body surfed. We built sand castles and watched kids doing impressive tricks on their skim boards. A highlight was definitely our frozen drinks that John and I managed to sip while watching the kids in lounge chairs!!!
We stayed until the tide washed away our sandcastles and soaked our towels. We paid, yes paid, for a cold two minute shower that didn't even remove a fraction of the sand, changed into our dry clothes and headed to town for dinner. We dined outside on delicious seafood and ended the day with homemade ice cream. We headed to the ferry with full bellies and droopy eyes, as the days excitement started to take its toll. We started to get an uneasy feeling when we realized we were the only people in line for the ferry that was supposed depart in ten minutes. That's when John noticed the posted schedule. Apparently, I had looked at the weekend schedule rather than the weekday one and we had missed the last ferry!
I was shocked at my careless mistake and panic started to sink in when I realized we had no where to stay. Finding vacancy in a hotel on Block Island in August was not going to be an easy feat. John hit the main strip walking into hotels while I called some I found on my phone. Honestly, what did we do before I-phones? Anyway, we both came up with nothing. It was getting darker and the kids were getting sleepier and we were running out of options.