"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

VA beach (part 2)

So the hostages were released and part two finally showed up.

Here I am biking it down the path that runs parallel to the ocean and conveniently offers restaurants and bars along the way.Every few blocks, really cool structures like these beach balls were situated and I swear I didn't notice the "Do Not Climb on Artwork" signs until after I did a running jump up to the biggest ball.Now, it wouldn't be prudent if I showed you all the bar photos we partook in but I will share the most respectable one... I'm sorry if that's not respectable enough for you but I will state my disclaimer now that this in no way accurately portrays an unschooling life nor do I condone this type of behavior.
Okay- the next day, I made it into the ocean. If you can make out that speck in the center, it is me. My god, I love an ocean I can swim in that doesn't make getting numb a requirement.
Later, I finally got a shot of these signs that I adored. Never seen anything like it... If it's really illegal to swear, I'd be in big trouble if I lived here.
So there you have it. No museums, cival war re-enactments or amusement parks for us. Just good old fashioned partying. And yes, it took me two weeks to recuperate.

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