Hey, guess what? I'm finally take some time to blog about my vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. So, without further delay, here's how our trip went down:
Day One: Friday, June 15th - We left home about 6:30 am and caravaned with my brother's family south to Alabama. Late afternoon we arrived at my uncle's house in Huntsville where we would be spending the night to split up the 15hr drive and visit with them.
Day Two: Saturday, June 16th - We finished the trip south and arrived in Gulf Shores (Orange Beach) later afternoon. Our condo that we booked online DID NOT meet our expectation so with the help of the property management, we found another condo to suit our needs. The problem was we would not be able to check into the new place until the following day. Knowing we wanted to spend as little time as possible in the condo, we headed out to eat while they sent a special cleaning crew in to re-clean the unit.
Day Three: Sunday, June 17th - Knowing the new condo wouldn't be available until mid afternoon, we did what all vacationers do....we headed for the pool. The weather was perfect so it was the right choice. We did NOTHING but lounge and swim until it was time to move. Upon entering the new condo, we were more than pleasantly surprised. It was AMAZING. Way beyond what we expected. Everyone (9 of us in our group) was over-the-top thrilled. After our shock of the new place wore off, we once again got into our bathing suits and hit the beach (we were gulf front) and the pool. Since it was Father's Day, we went out to dinner and celebrated when we got back.
Days Four, Five,Six and Seven: June 18th thru 21st - Honestly, these days of our vacation were spent relaxing. Our biggest decisions of these days was whether or not we would go beach side or go pool side. Oh yeah, and where would we go eat dinner. We enjoyed the gulf and the pool and split our time between both. I just can't put into words how peaceful and relaxing this was. We did manage to hit up some of the souvenir shops which was super fun too.
Day Eight: June 22nd - This was a sad, sad day. It was the day we left. Rather than split the trip home in two days, we made the drive straight through. It was a long day, but we were glad to get home and have 2 days before our work week started.
It may seem to some like this was a boring vacation, but let me tell you, it was EXACTLY what we all needed. A bunch of nothing. We are so happy with the way the week turned out that we can't wait to do it again. It was an unbelievable fun time.
I have a ton of pictures, but I think I will save those for another post within the next few days. I can't wait to share them with you. I love looking at them and have done so over and over again since we've been home. I smile real big when I do. Gosh, it was such a memorable time.