We spent our second morning on the island at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. This was sort of spur-of-the-moment because where we really wanted to go was the beach, but the skies looked pretty ominous, so we opted for the indoor activity instead. I didn’t take many pictures because I had other things to do, like trying to keep Benny awake in the rented umbrella stroller with the wonky wheels (fail!) and trying to keep up with the DLM who only wanted to do exactly everything his hero, my fourteen year old nephew, did. Whew.
The DISL Estuarium really is a must-visit on the island. See more pictures and details from our last trip here.
We spent the past week–Monday to Monday–on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama. Steady Eddie had a work conference in Mobile, so we finagled our schedule and budget to accommodate a family vacation, too. My parents, my sister, and my two nephews went along, and we had our first ever extended family vacation. This wasn’t our first trip to Dauphin Island; we spent almost a week there with friends last November, and we had been at least twice before that. It’s the perfect spot for a low-key, fun-in-the-sun getaway if you don’t mind very few tourist traps or conveniences. (For example, there are no fast food restaurants on the island and very few restaurants, periods. There isn’t even a regular grocery store!)
We rented a house just off Mobile Bay on the central/east end of the island. The Heron’s Nest was such a lovely place to spend the week!
The house is aptly named. This fellow visited the pine tree beside the house not long after we arrived:
We couldn’t have been happier with our rental. It was roomy enough for all eleven of us–with a bedroom to spare since my teen nephews opted to sleep in the living room. ;-) What made the house extra special, though, was the view from the sun room of Mobile Bay.
The (climate controlled!) sun room was the morning gathering place. Benny loved to look out the windows for the “big boats” with Papaw. Mamaw sat there every morning reading Great Expectations (she’s in my IRL bookclub, too). The girls found it to be the perfect place for lounging and reading. The nephews and the girls (with the DLM tagging along) spent hours at the table playing Rook and Settlers of Catan.
I’ll be sharing some of the sites we saw and fun things we did on Dauphin Island over the next few days. Click on the Dauphin Island tag if you’re interested in reading more from past trips.
This might just be my shortest Nightstand post to date. My entire month has been consumed with reading Great Expectations (when I haven’t been reading here and there on the internet). And guess what? I’m still not through. I’m within one hundred pages of the end, though, so there’s hope. :-)
Y’all, this summer is trickling through my fingers like the sand that is ground into the carpet of our van thanks to our recent beach trip. We made a summer “bucket” list way back when the days stretched before us in blissful, endless possibility. Then I lost the list. Then Lulu developed bronchitis, followed swiftly and relentlessly by pneumonia. Then the DLM broke his arm. And it rained. And rained. And rained some more.
So–summer–that brief interlude of time in which I plan to accomplish every thing I can’t (or don’t) do during our regular homeschool year (all the while providing my children with nonstop fun and enjoyment ) is quickly coming to a close. Both CBS and our homeschool co-op will resume meeting mid August, so I’m looking at about 3 1/2 weeks to do the following:
Take the children swimming 2-3 times a week, minimum. Summer means swimming to me, and my girls love it. We have relatives with pools who are more than willing for us to use theirs at will, so it’s just up to me to get us there.
The DLM and Papaw are enjoying one of a very few quiet moments at the beach last week. We took books along (of course), and the DLM picked George Shrinks from our favorite picture book anthology for Papaw to read to him.