Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Gulf Coast Vacation

I start this post with a warning:  LOTS of PICTURES!  I am back from Spring Break vacation and I have a ton of pictures to share.  My family and I traveled to the Gulf Coast with a stop over in Natchez, Mississippi along the way.  I've wanted to visit Natchez ever since I began reading Greg Iles books.  Many of his stories are set in this quaint old river town, including Turning Angel (there really is a Turning Angel) and The Devil's Punch Bowl.

Casino Boat

Turning Angel
Our stay in Natchez was brief, but memorable.  We ate the best BBQ ever at The Pig Out BBQ!  We plan on revisiting this historic town again soon! 

We continued driving south and finally made it Orange Beach, Alabama.  We had a terrific time here and in nearby Navarre, Florida.  The beaches were gorgeous!

Boogie board!

Doug and Charlotte's award winning sandcastle!

Snorkeling for shells

The sand dollar Charlotte found!
The saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike is true!  It had been several years since I rode, but riding through the State Park was one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip!  We were surrounded by nature...some kind of scary.  We saw alligators and snakes!

There isn't a fence here!

I nearly ran over this snake on my bike!

The Karate Kid bird?
Besides seeing alligators in their habitat on the bike trail, we got to go to Alligator Alley where we all held a few "ankle biters!"

I also got the opportunity to do another activity I haven't been able to do for several years (due to my knee)!  We even got Charlotte on the course for her very first lesson!


Note the sunburn!

And of course there was a lot of eating on this trip!  Great shrimp, crab and even nachos!

Super Nachos at Tacky Jack's

Shrimp at Bubba's
I had such a wonderful time on our Spring Break trip.  It was hard leaving the sun and the sand and gorgeous water.  Now, back to reality and back to work!  The brightside to being back home?  I get to work on my batik Blueberry Hill quilt!  Stay tuned!

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Heather and Kathy said...

I am so glad you had a great time on vacation!! Love the pictures! I am planning to go to the museum outside of toronto that is an Anne of Green Gables museum. I love Anne of Green Gables. My mom introduced me to her. We even went to Prince Edward Island because that is where the book took place and where the author (my absolutely absolute favorite!) lived and wrote. It was an awesome vacation. I am not sure who is going with me, I am hoping maybe my friend, Kathy and her girls, but I am not sure at this time.

Anyways, I am sooooo glad you had a good time!


Fiona said...

Look like you had a great trip. Lovely photos, Angela. That new knee is certainly paying off!!

Ann said...

Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment on my ABC Wed post. Rock Chalk Jaywalk!!!!! Glad to hear you have a KU grad, we have several in our family. Your vacation looks awesome, I would love to go there. Wow you really got a sunburn ouch. I adore seafood-SIL in from New Orleans and I love to go and eat the wonderful seafood. Have a great weekend.

Alex and Cassandra said...

What a fun trip!! I've wanted to travel to that part of the country for a while. Looks so sweet :)

Cyndi said...

Hey Angi! It looks like you had a GREAT time on your trip, and I'm happy you got to enjoy the things you love doing. Personally, I think you can't beat the beaches along the Gulf Coast...of course, being from along the Gulf, I'm very partial! :o) And that's a cute photo of you holding the baby alligator....I see that they taped his mouth shut. Good thing...they can bite pretty hard at that size!

Can't wait to see your Blueberry Hill quilt!

Have a great weekend!



Linda said...

Oh it looks like you all had a wonderful day I would love to go down to that area. It looks like your new knee is holding up just fine...I loved all the pictures!!

Corrine said...

Wonderful photo tour, looks like everyone was having fun, good to play golf, but ouch what a sunburn!!! Don't know this mystery author, got to check him out. xox

Za faran said...

Looks like a great relaxing vacation! Lovely pictures. I loved the angel.

Theodora quilts said...

Hi Angela and what a wonderful trip you took so many interesting activities and places I am happy to see you had a nice time with family. theodora

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