The rest of our trip was spent at Charlie's family beach house near Essex, MA. Juniper took to the sea instantly, despite the frigid water temperatures and cool air, two things this Florida girl considers unacceptable for wading of any sort. My daughter, however, loved it, begging to go into the "bath" over and over again, though teeth chattered and lips turned purple. She splashed around in the water and stomped across the sand, gathering all manner of sea treasures and memories.
While the breezy, cool air, soft sunlight, and much relaxation were completely enjoyable, nothing beats watching your little girl fall in love with the ocean for the very first time.