Photos by MJ Klein
The day was perfect. The wind started out strong but died down to the perfect wind speed that was refreshing without being over-powering. We had everything we needed for a fantastic day at the beach – except guests.
Hui-chen awaits the arrival of the first guests
We arrived at noon in order to make sure that we were there before anyone else. Several people had asked what time we would be there and had indicated that they would be arriving early. Hui-chen and I were the only ones there for the first 2 hours.
We set up our camping table in the corner of the shelter, as there was no table space available. We drove 2 cars to the beach, and hauled 8 of our large chairs and 4 small ones, plus 2 coolers. We were really afraid that we wouldn’t have enough seating for everyone who said they were coming, so we did our best to bring as much as we could.
At the opposite end, we set up our grill, which we also brought. The wind was blowing from the right in this photo, so we wanted the grill set up so the wind would blow the smoke away. That’s our second cooler there (the red one). We had bought some ice from the place where we usually buy ice, near A-dong’s. Clean, edible ice is a must for any outdoor party!
I was expecting around 25 people, and one of the necessary items is fresh, clean water. People have to be able to wash their hands and utensils, plus a drinkable water supply is necessary as an alternative to beer or soft drinks. We brough 37 KG of fresh filtered water with us. That was 10 gallons. Notice the hand cleaner next to the water containers. My wife thinks of everything.
Around 2:00 PM I just couldn’t wait any longer so I grilled a small steak and ate it. With Mediterranean sea salt, and being cooked outdoors, it was really great.
Finally, the Yu family arrived! Here we see Olivia at the table.
We quickly got to work setting up the food and getting stuff on the grill. After all, the sun was going to start setting around 18:00 so we had less than 4 hours of enjoyable light.
Andre toasts everyone with a Leo beer. Hui-chen and I had brought a case of the famous Thai beer with us.
Becky and her boyfriend had invited a German couple to come with them. They all took a walk down the beach at low tide.
This is Becky and Brian on the left, with Alex and Vanessa from Germany on the right. We had quite a nice spread on the table!
In the late afternoon we put a tarp up to help shade the setting sun.
My wife manned the grill as she likes to do.
We had brought some of A-dong’s dried beef with us and that proved to be a huge hit with everyone. That’s the dried beef in the very center of the table.
This is a close-up of some of the meat. We had brought beef and pork steaks, and the Yu’s brought beef short ribs and some other nice cuts.
Andre holds up his can of Leo beer for the camera while we enjoy the setting sun.
Towards the end of the day, our friend TC dropped in.
TC brought his pocket trumpet and it was really great to hear him playing it for a few minutes. We didn’t have any arrangements for music though.
Andre shot some video.
This is one of my mobile phone shots, with TC and his friends down by the water.
Becky’s brother Jeff is shooting video of the ocean.
To everyone that had problems such as illness, we certainly understand that you couldn’t make it and there was nothing you could do about it. Health and family come first. To the rest of you who said you were going to come, and ended up doing something else or just didn’t feel like driving down to the beach, you missed a perfect day.
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