Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dumped On

Yesterday we waited inside the house until we got the slightest glimmer of hope of blue skies. We instantly bolted out the door to the beach, Jaydn's friend Trey in tow. If you remember our old blog entry for Airport Beach, well, we liked it so much we decided to go again.

This walk is not difficult, but not a cakewalk, either. Especially with small kids. With two of them, we had to take our time getting to the beach, while walking over and around huge blowholes formed in volcanic rocks by the unruly ocean waves below.

It took us about 30 minutes to walk to the beach. We scarcely were there for 20 minutes when we noticed a very big, very dark group of rain clouds that filled the sky just to the east of us. Within 5 minutes of noticing the clouds they were on top of us, and we had to leave. We were literally poured on during the entire 30 minute journey back to the car (which actually took longer this time, for obvious reasons). We thought we could beat the Samoan rain. We thought we had picked the opportune moment to hit the beach; that if rain came, we'd tough it out. We were wrong.

We've since agreed that next time we attempt to outsmart the rain, we should go somewhere we can park a little bit closer. Thus ended our shortest beach trip yet in American Samoa.