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August 17th - Daddycamp day sixteen

Today we took the Ferry ⛴ out to Rockaway Beach with Grandma and Grandpa, and met up with my sister Alexis and her kids Joey and Marilyn! I'd never been before, but I made up a treasure hunt for us to explore it: 

 We decided to explore Jacob Riis park rather than the boardwalk.  

We decided to explore Jacob Riis park rather than the boardwalk.  

And here was the fun facts I hid in envelopes for the kids:

 Proud to raise kids that know about Greek goddesses, Art Deco, Muckrakers, and The Ramones.  

Proud to raise kids that know about Greek goddesses, Art Deco, Muckrakers, and The Ramones.  

I put each clue into an envelope and hid them at spotswhen the kids weren't looking. Fortunately Rockaway Beach is not so crowded, so they managed to stay where I stashed them all day! (I had extras in case they didn't.) 

 Beach cool

Beach cool

I had thought we would spend the day exploring and not spend too much time in the water but YOU GUYS. THE WATER WAS SO MUCH FUN. The kids had never been in huge waves like they had at Rockaway, and watching them experience that was incredible.  

First time in waves like this 🌊 #morningfunmanifesto #daddycamp

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 Look at all this empty beach! It reminded me of the Little Fugitive.  

Look at all this empty beach! It reminded me of the Little Fugitive.  

We managed to find three of the four clues (never made it out to Fort Tilden), so I just gave them that clue. But we got to see the cool Art Deco architecture of the buildings on the beach, which were just lovely.  

 Very DeChirico, no? 

Very DeChirico, no? 

The ferries are cheap, the beach is free and not too packed, the food is excellent, the sights are fantastic, and the water is lovely... definitely highly recommended for summertime in NYC!