|Mother's Day at the marina|
We spent our mornings playing in the sand,
and the water,
and being silly,
and our afternoons at the pool,
|Ella finally got brave enough to try |
swimming without her floaties!
or at the condo enjoying snacks.
In the evenings we hunted for critters,
|We found crabs, snails, and clams and studied them |
for a while before setting them free each evening.
|Ella says these are mole crabs. |
I'm not going to question my little naturalist.
and taking lots of evening strolls.
We drove down to Fort Morgan one afternoon, and found a stretch of deserted beach.
Well, deserted except for this guy,
and some barnacles,
and some Alabama beach mice, which we didn't see, but found their homes near little piles of sea oats.
(The Alabama beach mouse is endangered, so we tried our best not to disturb their areas.)
Even though we're talking about camping and visiting different places on future vacations, I will always feel that pull to spend time at the beach. There's just something about it. Despite a few bumps during the trip (tired, cranky kids, and I'm trying to forget that I was told this was "the worst vacation ever"), we all had a wonderful time and are looking forward to going back. Whenever that might be.
|a sand sculpture create by one of our neighbors|