We’ve had some hot ones the last couple of days. I’m not usually a beach person but the last 2 days have been spent at the there. It was 30 on Sunday and I’ve been dying for Brendan to see the beaches around here in Victoria. I can’t swim and I’m scared of water but the sights are beautiful and Brendan being a beach babe, I knew he would like it.
One of his biggest gripes about moving to Victoria from the Central Coast (it’s all beaches there) is the lack of water we live around and also the weather. I will admit the weather in Melbourne is usually shit. Everyone gets excited at 25 degrees here. But apparently that’s the normal heat in places other. So of course soon as I heard we got a hot day I was like “let’s go to the beach!”
We don’t live that far from The Great Ocean Road and all the nice places leading up to it. So technically we’re about a 30 minute drive to a decent beach. If we drive the other way we got closer ones. We got two 15 minutes away but nothing as good as the other way. So we went to Torquay and hung out there for the day.
Yesterday was another scorcher. Hit 37 degrees. We both worked but at 6pm it was still 34 degrees out so I was like “HEY! LET’S GO FOR ANOTHER 50 MINUTE DRIVE TO THE BEACH AND THIS TIME LET’S BRING THE BOYS!”
This marked our first official family outing. Lucky I bought all the things you need to put in the backseat for dogs. Harnesses, plugs, dog hammock. It’s been years since they’ve been in a car and it’s been even longer since they were at the beach. The heat really didn’t help the drive there though. At one point I thought Vader was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. I thought the car would be a welcoming relief for them, Vader especially but it was like the car made it worse. For the entire 50 minute drive he was heaving so bad and at one point I looked to the back seat and saw him laying on his side. He appeared exhausted and was drooling so much. Oh my god, I kept telling him to chill out and gave him treats until we got to the beach. I was doing anything to keep his mind off the heat.
“Just chill. Calm down. Don’t die! We got a big surprise for you and you’re going to love it. We’re almost there! Trust me, it’s worth it!”
We got there though eventually and it really was worth it. The look on the boys faces was priceless. Ollie particularly. I forgot how much he loved the water. Soon as he saw the ocean he ran towards it as if he was a seal (which is what we call him… either seal or a loaf of bread). It was great though. He galloped around and skipped and he had this huge smile on his face. He was fearless as well. Running right into the ocean. He wasn’t afraid of getting water on his face.
Vader on the other hand was a little more hesitant. Despite Ollie and his best efforts to coax him in, even skipping to him and trying to lead the way Vader was taking a more cautionary approach and preferred to get a little wet but rather watch Ollie from the side.
We stayed there for about 2 hours. It was time to go once the boys started shaking. It wasn’t cold but I think it was enough. Good news was it tired them out so bad there was no noise or anything the hour drive home. Instead they sat there silently. I guess reminiscing on how great their little trip was.
When I got up this morning they were still sleeping. They slept all day and even now at 10pm they are still resting. So looks like they need more beach outings.
Looks like Melbourne needs to have better weather.
Looks like I need to get more bikinis.
Looks like I also need to lose some damn weight.