Friday, August 12, 2011

Destin, Florida 2011

It is sad, but we hadn't taken a vacation all summer long, due to camps and work(both Dale and Brittney). Brittney has finished up her job and so we decided to finally squeeze a short vacation in. Many of our friends go to Destin, Florida for vacation, it is located in the panhandle of Florida, about 10 to 11 hours from our house. It would have only been 10 coming home, but we hit some construction in Louisiana, took the alternate route and still hit construction, but that is a whole other story. We have heard great thing about Destin, mainly its white sand and clear water, something the beaches here in Texas don't have. We arrived in Destin on Saturday, August 6th. As soon as we got to the hotel, we changed clothes and headed to the beach. To our surprise, a lot of algae was washing up on shore, the water was clear, just full of algae, but the sand was really soft and white. We were some what disappointed with the water, but there had been an algae bloom due to the warm temps and lack of rain. Each day we were there, the water got a little better. By Tuesday, our last day to spend on the beach, the algae was almost gone, you will see that in all the pictures I'm going to post and I'm going to post a lot, that is because we print the blog out into a book at the end of the year and I want lots of pictures in it! If the pictures I post aren't enough there are more on facebook.

AUGUST 6, 2011
Walking along the beach

Really white sand


We found Matthew's name written in algae.
I only got the Matt part since I would have had to stand in the water with my camera to get the whole Matthew

Marti trying to through Dale's back out


We set up camp on the beach 

Brittney comes to the beach to read

playing some frisbee

Jacob skim boarding

See the water is clear when all the algae isn't washing up.
You can see pieces of algae floating around.


Jacob boogie boarding

Marti boogie boarding

Dale just relaxing and floating around hanging onto the boogie board


Jacob's feet got sunburned

Matthew has his own Blvd in Destin

Dale saw this and we had to turn around and drive back to get a picture of me with the Vacuum Center sign.


The water was clear and the waves were big. By noon the red flags went up, we were still aloud to go in the water, just had to be careful. The big waves were so close to shore that you didn't even have to go out far to catch a big wave.

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