Beach Bears

After a good breakfast, the family packed the car and headed down the road. BP’s excitement rose as they drew closer to Gatlinburg. She was going to help pick a new friend to join the family. She didn’t know who her new friend would be, but she knew that the moment she saw her, she would recognize her.

CB

CB

The car stopped at Byrne’s Woodcrafters in Gatlinburg, TN, and BP eagerly jumped out of the car and ran to her former home, a wooden box near the store window. Several bears were sitting inside the box. One of the bears was jumping up and down with excitement. The little tan and white bear was trembling. BP knew in an instance that the little bear was going to be her new best friend.

After adopting the little bear, the family discussed names with her. “How about “Little Beach”, since we are heading for the beach?” said Stu. “That’s good,” Missy agreed. The little bear whispered in BP’s ear, “I love cinnamon. Do we have any?” “I don’t know, but you just gave me an idea!” exclaimed BP. “How about ‘Little Cinnamon Beach” for a name. She just told me she loves cinnamon, and her fur is cinnamony-coloured.” Everyone agreed that “Little Cinnamon Beach” was a perfect name for the new bear. Of course, they immediately started calling her, “CB”.

Bear paw swimming pool

Bear paw swimming pool

The bear pair chattered away while the family traveled on to their next stop at the Hampton Inn in Matthews, NC. It was a comfy room, and it had a jacuzzi! The window looked out on a pretty field as well as the hotel swimming pool. CB thought, “I’m going to like being a part of this family. You know…that swimming pool almost looks like a bear paw with the deck chairs being the toes. Hehehehehe.”

“You’re right!” said BP, gazing down at the pool. “But, it sure has a lot of toes!”

Everyone woke well rested the next morning, and soon they were on their way to the beach!!!

Sand, surf, and fun! The girls were really excited. Neither one of them had ever been to the beach before today. They were not sure what would happen during the week, but they knew that they would enjoy themselves.

As they grew nearer the sea, the soil became more sandy and the air a little more salty. Soon the car stopped at the rental check-in site. Missy and Stu got out of the car for a few minutes.

Beautiful ocean view from the deck

Beautiful ocean view from the deck

“Should we get out too?” asked CB. “No, we’ll wait right here,” said BP. “They’ll be back in a few minutes, and then we’ll go to the cabin.”Check-in went smoothly, and the couple were back in the car driving to the cottage.

BP and CB could see the sea between the houses as they drove along E. Beach Drive. “All the houses are on stilts!” exclaimed BP. “That’s because the tide can get very high. The houses are on stilts so they won’t flood,” explained Missy.

The family pulled into the driveway, and while Missy & Stu unpacked the car, the girls ran to the balcony looking out at the sea.

Oak Island beach

Oak Island beach

“Oh! I’m going to like this place!” squealed CB. “Me, too!” agreed BP, “Let’s go help unpack, then we can go out on the beach.” “Okay.” So the girls helped unpack the car and put everything away. Soon they were outside walking around in the sand.

Our beach

Our beach

A Storm is Coming

“A hurricane? Are you sure that’s what you heard?” asked CB. BP quickly told her that Stu’s Dad told everyone that a hurricane was heading towards the beach and would be there the next day!
CB looking out the window said, “It does look a little choppy out there. Are you really sure it’s going to get bad?”

CB's view of the ocean

CB's view of the ocean

BP ran to ask Missy and Stu. She was told that hurricane was not very big and was far out to sea, so the wind would blow a lot and the surf would rise, but there was no danger.

Missy was working on a puzzle in the living room, so CB and BP decided to help. They also wanted to be near someone, just in case.

Working on the puzzle

Working on the puzzle

Dad came into the room and wanted to turn on the Weather Channel to listen to the storm reports. He soon discovered that cable was not working in this half of the cabin, so he went to the other side to check. “We had better secure everything just in case,” said Dad when he returned. “It should hit some time tonight!” Dad went over to the TV and changed the channel to the local Oak Island broadcast.

The mechanical voice began talking about local government news, then it began to list the nearby beaches and the height of the surf. “Oak Island, Seas 1 foot.” BP whispered to CB, “that isn’t very high.” “I guess we needn’t worry, then,” CB whispered back.

Sitting with Stu on the deck

Sitting with Stu on the deck

The morning progressed, and the girls had fun working on the puzzle and taking a walk along the beach. “It is so pretty here!” said BP, and CB agreed with her. “Look there’s Stu. Let’s go sit with him on the deck for a while.” The girls ran up to the cabin and plopped down next to Stu. “Are you girls having fun?” he asked. “Lots! Thanks for bring us!” said BP. “We wouldn’t have come without you,” he said. They all sat for a while and enjoyed the sounds of the surf and the birds.

<p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-size: large;”><strong><em>Seize Three Feet</em></strong></span></p>

Bear feathers galore!

Bear feathers galore!

After lunch, Stu and Missy took the girls to Walmart to pick up a few things. The girls decided to go the the crafts section and they found something WONDERFUL! A huge bag of multicolored FEATHERS! “WOW, have you ever seen so many Bear feathers at once!” shouted CB. “No,” said BP. “We have to get them!” BP and CB grabbed a bag and soon the pair were heading back to the cabin with their find. They soon had the bag ripped open and were squealing with delight! The girls took turns diving into the feathers and bouncing on the bed.

Stu came in to take a nap, so the girls went out to the living room. The TV was still droning on about local events. The announcer mentioned Oak Island again, but then said something very strange! “Oak Island, seize three feet.” The girls looked at each other and then out the window.

“There are people out there, so I guess we can do it,” said BP, “but I don’t think they will like it.” She and CB sat down and thought about it. Several minutes later, they heard it again! “Oak Island, seize three feet.” BP started giggling and soon CB joined her. As the afternoon lengthened, every time the announcer said, “Oak Island, seized three feet,” the girls would giggle to themselves.

Missy and Stu came into the living around 4 and heard the girls giggling. “What’s going on?” asked Missy. “You’ll see,” said CB, then she grinned at BP. About 10 minutes later, the announcer said, “Oak Island,” and the girls joined in saying, “seize three feet.” At the same moment they grabbed three of their feet and began laughing. “What are you girls talking about?”, asked Missy looking at Stu. “I think they’ve finally cracked up.”

The girls told them that every 15 minutes or so, the TV announcer would say, “Oak Island, seize three feet,” and the girls would do so. They said they thought everyone should join in on the fun! “You realize that he is talking about the surf height and is saying ‘seas, three feet’?” asked Missy. “Sure!” said BP, “but it is fun this way.”

Evening at the beach

Evening at the beach


Missy and Stu decided to join in on the fun with the girls. When Mom and Dad came in later to check on the progress of dinner, they found all four-CB, BP, Stu, and Missy-saying with the announcer, “Seize three feet” and laughing. Mom asked Missy what was up, but Missy was laughing so hard she couldn’t talk. BP explained the joke and for the rest of the evening, Mom joined in with the laughter.

Later that night, the family made sure that no loose items were left out on the deck or around the cabin. The sound of the surf could be heard louder than earlier that day. The wind was picking up and blowing harder. BP and CB took a quick stroll down to the water’s edge to look at the waves. “I think Missy and Stu are right about not worrying,” said BP. CB agreed with her, and both bears ran up to the cabin to go to bed.

After the Storm (cont.)