Christmas Jumpers & a Day Trip to Dauphin Island

Both sets of parents and my brother came to visit for Christmas.  It was busy but nice to see them.  Even though we Skype them almost every week, it’s much better to see them in person and give them a good old hug.  It was our first time cooking for them all and it actually went pretty well.  I only burnt the pigs in blankets!  All the men donned Christmas jumpers and Sam had an extra special hat.

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I love this photo… no-one is looking!

Dauphin Island Daytrip

Saturday meant a day trip with our cooler full of ice and drinks.  We had decided to try another beach out, to the south of us, on Dauphin Island.  Not to be confused with Dolphin, which I keep saying by accident!  Dauphin Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles from Mobile Bay.  Again, we are very lucky to have this luxury on our doorstep!

The main road ran from East to West…or West to East, depending on which way you were travelling!  The majority of houses were built on stilts to factor in any flooding in stormy weather.  The widest part of the island was 1.75 miles wide, so everything could be damaged should the sea come in far enough.  Scary thought eh!  We drove past Fort Gaines and noted it down for a visit when are parents are across from the UK at Christmas.  Cars were lined up waiting to board the ferry across the bay to Orange Beach.

We drove to the farthest point west, parked up and headed to the beach.  Once Labor Day passes, we’ve been told that the beaches don’t really get busy.  A few families were scattered along the coast, all far enough apart to have a private area.  Unfortunately for us, there were hundreds of sandflies flying around and within seconds we were covered.  I ran back to the car and proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes picking them out of my hair :-0

P is for Pensacola, Penny and Pelicans

On Sunday we headed to Pensacola in Florida.  I still can’t believe that Florida is only an hour away from us!  We tried to research a few activities before we went as we have a habit of going to places and wandering around aimlessly!  Adam really wanted to go on the beach and I had a found a Geocache trail that we could start!

Geocaching is another secret passion of mine.  I’m not an expert, we have only found 47….some people have found over 2000!  If you click here you will find out a bit more.  I had done Geocaching back in the UK and we had even introduced it to the kids in my class.  I had my class Geocaching on a school trip and it was even incorporated into an INSET day!  The trail I had found involved 5 different smaller trails.  If you found certain amounts of Geocaches, you got different commemorative bracelets….IF you did them all you received a special coin!  Many people think that Geocaching is a little bit sad 😦 … however, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!  There is something strangely rewarding about finding hidden tubs around the World!

On our small and unsuccessful Geocaching trip (we only found 3), we came across a Pensacola Pelican and a Pensacola Penny Butterfly!

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