We thought we'd take a local adventure and go to Rock Quarry beach, where I could get some surf in and Papa could get some baby bonding time with Wilder.
I used to pack my surfboard into my 4x4 Jeep Wrangler and go bounding down the back roads to surf on Kauai. Now, it's a little different. We jammed my surfboard into the Nissan Rogue with baby in the backseat and Papa in the front, so we could simultaneously practice letting her be in the back on her own, now that there are longer treks I have to make with baby solo. As seems to be standard for lots of babies, Wilder does not love the car ride unless she's passed out. She definitely loves the adventures we get to do once we get somewhere, but unless I time it just right, there's a lot of reaching around behind me to try to place her chupa (pacifier) in her mouth, turn on her shoosher (from Happiest Baby on the Block suggestion) and play techno music (she definitely takes after her dad on this one).
We looked around and wondered what to do. "Let's head over to the river!" I suggested, grateful that Rock Quarry beach is one of those on Kauai that has river water flowing into the sea, so there's an opportunity to play in both fresh and saltwater simultaneously. (Note: brackish water is NOT where you want to be to avoid sharks, but there's such a narrow channel between the two and a definitive separation that we weren't worried about spotting any fins. One of the things to be mindful of with river water on Kauai is leptospirosis, a bacteria that can exist in stagnant river water.)
All in all, a successful afternoon — it's always nice to get into nature, no matter how brief the time spent. And, it's even nicer with ohana (family).