Monday, May 18, 2009

We were so very lucky to be able to take a trip to Destin, Fl. last week. Destin is definitely one of my very favorite places to go. We are able to make it there in one days drive. It is so strange to be able to leave my house in the woods and hills of Missouri in the morning and enjoy a glass of wine on the beach by sunset. 12 hours of nonstop driving is not for everyone and I think we might break it up next time, but it is possible.

Here you can see why they call it the Emerald Coast. The water is so clear and green.

The Dolphins swim right by you and jump through the water. Simply breathtaking. Rose and I unknowingly swam with a very large Manaray. Scary.

I was able to spend Mother's Day at an Art Show close by.

So many interesting exhibits. We purchased some jewelry made of varnished Origami.

We found a little magic shop here and my son went crazy. It reminded him of Pee Wee's big Adventure which he loves! He picked out this fake cigar and couldn't wait to use it on someone.

We decided to cool off with some fresh oysters at the Acme bar. Anthony tested out his gag cigar. It went over very well.

As we chatted it up with the bartender, Steve Trotter, we found out that he was on Johnny Carson {see pic on mirror behind the bar} for being the youngest man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrow. Unbelievable! And after looking it up on the Internet, we found out he was also voted one of the ten sexiest men in the WORLD by Mademoiselle in the 80's! Hee hee ;)

We also took a Kayak ride over to a little island with a playground. I am trying so hard here to take this pic without flipping us over.

This is the island and playground.

A talking pirate bird.

One last sunset. Now we have to start saving money in our piggy bank again.
Thanks again Diane and Bob!


Heidi said...

I love Florida! Your pictures were beautiful! It is amazing to me that you can be there in 12 hours from Missouri. It takes me 8 hours to drive through Georgia alone!

Sonia ;) said...


Those were awesome pictures...The kids looked so happy...and the big chair was adorable..Glad you got to get away...Your daughters face on the chair is priceless.. LOL

Sonia ;)

Silke said...

What great photos! Looks like you had a great trip - thanks for sharing!! :) Silke

Julie said...

What a beautiful trip. After looking at all of those lovely pictures I wish I had come too! Love that beautiful water! X

Jenny said...

Looks like fun. You all look so cute on that big chair! I have been a horrible blogger, lately. Got lots on my plate and mind..

Cya round!

Snowbrush said...

Oops, I somehow put this on an older entry, so I deleted it from there, and am moving it here.

12 hours--wow! You guys must have driven like hell to get there in even that amount of time. Surely, you live in southeastern Missouri. I'm glad you had a safe and happy trip. Great photos!