It’s getting hot in Maui. And with my house having one wall made up of ceiling to floor windows, it gets downright miserable during the afternoon with the sun directly hitting our entire living space. However, living on beautiful Maui and just 5 minutes away from the beach, many afternoons we head to the shore to cool off and get out the afternoon energy.
Yesterday we headed to the beach, found an uncrowded spot and jumped into the ocean. The kids were playing, jumping over waves, building sand castles, corn-dogging* each other , then rinsing off in the warm Pacific waters. It was a damn near perfect afternoon.
Then a large group of tourists and their kids came towards us, the kids in the water, the parents walking along side them on the beach. The current was rather strong and was taking the kids on a ride down the shore. We said hello and we all continued to play. They floated on down the shore and I held onto Leah’s hands, helping her dodge the small waves. It was then that I saw IT…
I immediately grabbed the kids and told them we were DONE. I wrapped them up in their towels and told them we were outta there! I couldn’t move fast enough. I was highly grossed out and disturbed.
Now, in full disclosure I do have to share that our dog was with us, chasing a tennis ball, swimming with us in the water. But at no time did he go to the bathroom. And a bit too much information here, this floater wasn’t his shade…yes, I pick up his sh*t and know all to well what his particular scat looks like. This was no dog scat. That’s all I’m saying.
The kids didn’t want to leave the beach. They begged me to let them play in the sand for a bit. And although I wanted to find shower that resembled a HASMAT operation, I didn’t want to return to our oven of a home. I agreed. We stayed. They played OUT OF THE WATER and I tweeted the above message. (it was met with equal parts of pee-in-your-pants laughter and make-me-want-to-throw-up tweets)
A good 20 minutes passed. People came and swam where I saw THE FLOATER. It had traveled with the current to who knows where. It was out of sight. If I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes I, myself wouldn’t know better. For all I knew this thing had been making an appearance all day and we were just it’s last stop on the shore.
I sat there with the kids playing in the sand, my husband surfing and the brutally hot Lahaina sun beating down on me. I was sweating once again, almost hotter than when we had arrived. With no floater in sight and the current having brought new water to my portion of the beach, I debated…
Do I go in for a quick dunk to cool off?
Do I sweat it out, knowing that a floater was seen in the last 30 minutes and NO WAY and I going back into that sea?!
What would YOU do?
*Corn-Dogging at the beach: When you get wet in the water and then immediately roll around in the sand, so as to cover yourself from head to toe like a corn dog.