Saturday, July 4, 2009

To The Beach

I can remember when I was a child Papa telling me that the older you got the faster time flew. This year is going by so fast, just a blur. Wasn't it just Christmas? I must really be old now.
Once we started to get ready for the beach, the dogs reacted with their usual enthusiasm. Bubbles was just a bundle of energy as seen here...
Max ran happily all over the house gathering his santas to put in his crate. You just can't travel without the seven santas!
The drive is long but as everyone gets older it's a much quieter ride. We left the house at 4:30 am, so the kids slept the first 3-4 hours. Michael actually slept the majority of the trip. Of course Bubbles feels she has to pant the entire 7 hours. That's OK as long as she doesn't make any other noises we're doing pretty good.
Finally, after all the hours on the road, we arrive in the tropics. Our greeting party was glad to see us.
We didn't want to waste a minute. As soon as we unloaded the car and ran to the market we went straight to the beach, it was such a gorgeous day.
After 6pm the dogs are allowed to go on the beach and after such a long ride they really deserved it. Max loves to dig in the sand.
There isn't much that Bubbles loves more than a walk on the beach. It's too bad they have to stay on leashes now days. Years ago there weren't many dogs on the beach and I would occasionally let them off. Now there are dogs everywhere so it really isn't a good idea. They love it anyway.
Michael and Bubbles
Michael's hair is longer than Sarah's now.
This trip we did several touristy things we don't normally do. We always go to the track and ride the go carts, that's a family tradition.
Action shots!
Sarah passing me. I was a little slow driving and taking pictures at the same time.
Mike and I raced on the slick track. Sarah took photos for us.
Another night we went to Fudpucker's for dinner. They have quite the setup there, what a money maker. While waiting for our table we visited the alligator area.
The huge gift shop was full of your typical Gulf Coast tourist fare and also the world famous Fudpucker's T-shirts, but it also had some unique items such as this Nascar parmesan dispenser.
Downstairs in the alligator area we met alligator Al who was there to answer any questions about alligators you could possibly imagine. Al would let you take a photo of is friend but to have your pic made with him was an additional fee.
So Michael, being thrifty as he is, found a chepaer gator he could hold and have his photo made with.
The little gator's mom was mad about that so Michael ended up having to wrestler her. Michael won, btw.
Ah, the simple things in life. It was very hot and humid so the kids were thrilled to find some fans to stand in front of for a few minutes.

Sarah found a penny smashing machine and made one for Joe since he has a colletion of them from all over the counry.
I think I found this years Christmas card photo! What do you think?

A couple of days later we went to Big Kahuna's water park fo a day of fun. It was great and I only almost killed myself twice, so that's pretty good by my klutsy standards.

The yellow slides were the most fun.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing, I love water parks!