My family and I decided to check out the beach on base on the 4th of July. I had heard it was pretty good, so it's something I've been looking forward to for a while.
Camp Lejeune has something like 11 miles of beachfront, some of which is training area, but a lot of which is recreational area. There are separate sides for officers and enlisted. Lifeguards on duty, areas for fishing, a store with food and supplies, restrooms, showers, and cabins that you can rent beachfront. I hear the vacation houses are really reasonable too, something like $30 a night. Plus, you get to avoid the summer tourist traffic on Emerald Isle.
We drove 2 cars, so we had to get a visitors pass for my family's car. License, registration, and insurance are required for that...which turned out to be a good thing because my stepdad was driving around with an insurance card that was out of date. Got that fixed :)
Then we headed on down to the beach. I got a kick out of these signs along the way. Anywhere else this would be a joke:
Yeah, that's right...tank crossing!
Anyway, got to the beach, put up a tent so we had a shaded area, grabbed some food and ate lunch then I sat back and let her grandparents play with her on the beach. She got whammed by a few waves but rather than being scared or deterred, she thought it was hilarious.
Bella, Papa and I only stayed a few hours before Bella had a meltdown and needed to go back to some non-sandy surroundings to take a nap. It was plenty for me. We were there long enough for me to remember why I don't like the beach...sand sand and more sand. UGH. We're going to be doing sandy laundry for a while. But Bella got her requisite summer trip to the beach, so I guess it was worthwhile. Here she is 'jumping' some waves with her grandma.