Beach Trip

In an effort to update the blog, I’ve been going back through pictures I’ve taken over the past few months. The first set of pictures that I have been working through were from a trip to the beach that Josh and I took back in October (we went October 18th-19th). =]

This was our second-ever road trip to take by ourselves, and the first where we actually stayed overnight. We had so much fun!

We drove down to Gulf Shores, Al, on a beautiful Friday afternoon, just as the sun was setting over the beautiful farmland area we call home:


heading down I-65…SOUTHWARD BOUND!

After a fairly uneventful drive, we found our hotel and settled in for the night. We knew we wanted to be able to get up and see the sunrise on the beach the next morning, so after finishing a few projects I still had lingering for my job, we went right to bed. Early to bed, early to rise, ya know! =]

It was well worth it. Despite the rainy weather, it was absolutely beautiful, and the extra winds blowing through due to the impending storm made the ocean look even more incredible as the waves crashed their way to shore.

After we watched the sunrise, we headed back to the hotel to grab some breakfast and pack our things, as we would be coming home after we finished sight-seeing in the afternoon.

Once we were packed up and ready to go, we decided to go and visit Fort Morgan. We had visited there when we were much younger, but it was definitely a “must-do” for this trip.

We passed this sign on the way:


LOL!

It was amazing to go through the fort and really observe and learn about it’s history. We did pick an interesting day to go, however. There was a photography school out of Birmingham that sent several of their students to go and have a photography workshop at the fort, so around every corner, there was a photographer (or two!) hiding, working away on their perfect shot! That was a lot of fun and made for some funny moments with the other tourists there. =]

The curators at Fort Morgan let you explore through anything that hasn’t been chained off, which is a lot of fun.

After we explored the actual fort, we went inside the Fort Morgan museum, which has been built just outside of the fort itself. They have tons of really neat exhibits in there:

When we had looked through the museum, we decided it would be fun to do some letter boxing. I remembered there being a letter box hidden at Fort Morgan back in 2004, so I thought it would be interesting to see if it was still there. I went to the letter boxing website and found the clues, and PRESTO! It WAS still there!

We had a lot of fun with that letterbox, so we thought it would be fun to do another one. This one was supposed to be hidden in a local park, around a nature center picnic area. We had to pay to get into the park, so we figured we would go ahead and visit the nature center that was included with the park admission. (We never did find the box. =[)

After we looked around the nature exhibit, we went out to see the lake there:

After we were finished observing the lake, it was time to go back to the beach. We wanted to spend a couple of hours there that afternoon just enjoying the ocean.


the storm was really starting to come in now…


our “spot”. Nice set-up, eh? =]


a sand fort that Josh made


bottling up some sand and ocean water to take home

After spending some time on the beach, it was time to start making our way home. We made a stop for a quick photo op:


The big shark at Souvenir City. You have to have your picture made there if you visit Gulf Shores!

The last stop of the day before heading home was Lambert’s Cafe in Foley, AL:

We love the place, for obvious reasons. =D

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. Josh and I enjoyed some really wonderful conversations and just enjoyed the time. We are trying to decide where to go next, and this time, we’ll take a few siblings in tow. Nashville, anyone? =]

3 thoughts on “Beach Trip

  1. Looks like you had fun! My family enjoys going to the beach, as well. We went to South Carolina in Sept. to an island called Edisto Island.

    God bless!

    His Princess,
    Bekah

  2. I’ll bet it was beautiful! My grandmother used to visit some of the beaches in South Carolina and the pictures she brought back were absolutely lovely. =] Thank you for visiting my blog!

    ~Courtney

  3. Looks like so much fun! I love taking trips with my brother Jonathan. It’s always so fun :-) That fort looks so neat! Have you ever been to fort Pulaski in Georgia and fort Sumter in South Carolina? We went in 2012, and it was very interesting.

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