Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beach Vacation

I just returned from my vacation with my daughters and grandchildren. It's been five years since my last "real" vacation, so I was ready! The change of scenery did my spirit a world of good, as they say down here in the South.



This was the view from our condo in Panama Beach.
We were on the 4th floor, and I opened the door
to the balcony first thing in the morning
to take in the awesomeness of the ocean.


The grandchildren loved catching the ocean waves,
building sand castles and hunting for seashells.
My oldest granddaughter (she'll be 8 in two weeks)
is like a fish. We couldn't keep her out of the water!
.



                                                                 
                                                                   Destin


Beach front restaurant in Destin. We ate shrimp, crab legs,
and Salmon. Yummy! The kids got pails and shovels
with their meals. It was an hour wait, but they had a playground
on the beach for the children and the scenery was definitely 
worth the wait.



We took a boat ride to see some dolphins. We saw a few, but
had to look really close. The boat ride was relaxing
and the ocean breezes were refreshing
after the summer heat.


The seagulls came and ate right from our hands.
The kids thought it was the coolest thing.


Shell Island


The view on the way back to shore. Gorgeous.



Pictures

Growing up in my era we didn't take a lot of pictures. Of course, there were the school pictures, which I dreaded, and Mom rarely bought...