The 4th of July could possibly be my favorite holiday... even beating out Christmas. This year we celebrated with friends and family on the beaches of San Clemente. Some of our best friends from church live in a community that has access to a private section of the San Clemente shores. They were so gracious and allowed all of us to set up camp there in order to avoid the massive crowds everywhere else.
Below is the crew:
We enjoyed playing a few games, talking a lot, swimming a little, and looking for dogs a lot. Dogs you say? Yes, dogs. You see we are a dog loving group. Between us we have 2 golden retrievers and 2 bernese mountain dogs. The plan was to allow the dogs to have a party of their own in our back yard while we enjoyed the beach. We were then going to retrieve them during the fireworks to avoid any of them freaking out. Well, my mom was the last to arrive and was just dropping off the 4th dog at our house before she met us at the beach. Long story short... the gate was open and they were gone.
You may wonder how could such an awful thing happen on such a momentous holiday. Some may say Augie, the strong one, pulled the gate open. Others may say some "not so friendly" neighbors let them out. You can decide... as for me... I am going to keep a better eye on those dog hater neighbors of mine;)
Anyway, our dog, Gunner, probably led the way. I imagine him saying, "guys this is our chance...run this way... there is water... and birds... must. run. fast..." Well, his plan failed for him and his friend Bailey. Two different groups of people celebrating at 2 different houses down the street stopped them and held them captive. However, Augie ran the opposite direction and found himself about a mile away on the other side of a busy street enjoying the tennis courts and other amenities the boys and girls club offers. After hours of driving around and meeting several friendly neighbors, all 3 dogs where found!
We finished our day with a BBQ on the beach and we all enjoyed a beautiful fireworks show. This was Hudson's first full day on the beach and his first fireworks show. It was a lot of fun to have him with us this year and I can't wait for future 4th of July adventures we will have with him.
Below is a picture of Hudson hanging out with his grandma:
The 3 of us at the end of the day pretending like we were warm as the sun was beginning to set. Hudson was focusing on the funny hat in his eyes.