The weather up here this week has not been great for swimming at the beach. Even when the sun come out, the temperature has not gone above 70, but that’s fine. We’ve been able to fine lots of other great things to do.

We started out the day yesterday with a quiet hike through the Audobon Sanctuary in Wellfleet before meeting up with Mary Richmond, a local artist, teacher and naturalist, for a class in nature drawing. This class was one of the best things we have done as a family ever.

My things and I proudly holding up our sketches.

My things and I proudly holding up our sketches.

The concept was simple: everyone was given a clipboard with a few sheets of paper, a sharpened pencil, and basic instructions to go out and draw any critters or plants that caught your eye. This was not a fine art class with the aim of improving your technique, but an invitation to sit together and observe the details to draw the best you can. For about an hour we wandered a small area of the Sanctuary and doodled frogs, bees, squirrels, baby toads, turtles, birds, and flowers.

We enjoyed this so much that we picked up the stuff to have our own family sketch kit on hand to bring with us for the rest of the trip. We each now have a small sketch book to carry along with a family pack of pencils, erasers, a sharpener, and one fine art pen. We’ll take this kit along with us today on our voyage to Martha;s Vineyard.

After lunch we held what Hubby has named the Kid Olympics. Down on Route 28 in Harwich, there’s a short stretch of road that offers up go-cart racing, bumper boats, and our favorite trampolines. We hit them in that order.

First up was the go-cart racing. Thing 1 was finally old enough and tall enough to drive her own cart, but Thing 2 had to ride shotgun with his Dad. I got my own slow-poke cart. The kids always love this, but it was especailly fun for Thing 1 who got to taste the freedom of driving herself around (and around and around in a big circle for several minutes).

I risked crashing to take this blurry photo of Hubby and Thing 2 just to share with you.

I risked crashing to take this blurry photo of Hubby and Thing 2 just to share with you.

Next up we hit the bumper boats at Grand Slam Entertainment. This is the first time we’ve caved and let the kids try these, and it was a blast. We were fortunate enough to catch a crowded time when most of the boats were in use, so it was a mad house free for all which added to the fun. This was a little pricey, but I give it two thumbs up for being so much fun.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 brace for impact.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 brace for impact.

Our last stop was at the trampolines. Two exhausted but exhilirated children barely managed 10 minutes of bouncing around, and there were few aerial displays. When they announced that our time was up, there was no complaining and begging for another round.

The Kid Olympics was a big hit.

The Kid Olympics was a big hit.

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