Matt and I were determined that they should actually experience the ocean while we were there, though, so with a bit of prodding (and perhaps a bit of carrying of the Mika in particular), we made our way through the now dense white fog toward the roar of the ocean.
Mochi was actually pretty chill about the whole thing, which is surprising because she's typically a bit of a scaredy cat. Mika is usually the braver of the two.
There were plenty of pauses for reassuring pets from Matt and I as the grass line and hills completely vanished from view. It didn't take long for us to be surrounded entirely by fog and sand, with no indication of which way was which besides the tell tale sound of the ocean.
But we made it! Mika wasn't too keen on the sound of the waves and meowed very loudly while we were out there, but otherwise kept fairly calm. I didn't make her actually touch the water. I'm not that mean.
Matt and Mochi on the other hand... Mochi actually went out into the water. She didn't mind the cold salty water one bit. I think it kind of surprised her the first time the tide rolled over her little paws, but after that she just strolled through it like it was nothing.
Both were happy to start the trek back to the safety of the grass line and toward the parking lot though. They required very little encouragement, despite being completely exhausted by this point.
You can see how tired Mika is looking here. We walked quite a ways and the sand texture was probably a little more difficult to navigate than the pavement and grass they are used to back home.
But they made it back! The hills are coming into view. Love the sand texture and color in this shot.
The kitty paws in the sand were, of course, quite adorable. It was fun to look back and see their winding little paths.
All in all, a very successful trip with a good time had by all. The girls were good sports and seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. The trip was so stimulating it knocked them out for pretty much the rest of the weekend. Anyone familiar with Bengals will know that's no easy task.
So happy National Cat Day! Make sure to give your favorite feline a loving squeeze and an extra treat in celebration.