On our first full day in Long Beach, Paul and I ate breakfast at the hotel, and then decided to explore. Long Beach has miles of paved bike paths along the beach, so we took out some of the beach cruisers our hotel provided and went on a ride.
One of the places I wanted to go to most in Long Beach was Cape Disappointment, specifically Dead Man's Cove, which has the little island with the one little tree in the middle of the cove. Despite the sign that said no beach access, we hiked down to the beach. It was so worth it. It was supposed to rain all day, but it only rained for about five minutes, when we were at the lighthouse. Then it totally cleared up and we had a really sunny evening.
We went into town and bought a really simple kite. Paul had a blast flying it around.
After hanging out on the beach for the rest of the day, Paul and I made a campfire and cooked tofurkey dogs wrapped in biscuit dough, made a can of beans, and roasted some s'mores. I took this picture of a bird sternum for Sam, with the wishbone still attached! Then it got dark out, the fire was burning low, and the stars came out. I've never seen stars like this in my life. There were finally enough stars to have something show up on the night sky setting of my camera. But this picture doesn't even show 1/50th of the stars that were out there. We were the only people on the beach, the hotel was hidden behind the dunes, it was pitch black dark out, and there were just a million stars everywhere. It was totally surreal, and a really lovely second day of vacation.