Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dauphin Island with Mimi and Poppy

That's right, my parents, Mimi and Poppy came to visit all the way from Kingwood, TX this past weekend, and Stonewall and Skywalker were THRILLED to see them! Mimi and Poppy always do lots of fun stuff with the kiddos! On Friday, we drove down to Dauphin Island, AL and visited the Sea Lab and Estuary, and Fort Gaines. We all had a blast, but it was Hot, and the boys were exhausted when we were through. We arrived at Dauphin Island just in time for lunch. I planned very poorly, and had not packed lunch for us, so we had to discover what the island had to offer. We ended up at a Dive called (I kid you not) the Crusty Crab. The service was aweful, the food was decent, but almost everything was fried. I ended up eating a grilled shrimp salad, which had grilled baby shrimp over salad greens and a vinigrette dressing, no too bad. Then, we were off to the Sea Lab: http://www.disl.org/. They had this big aquarium area to walk through with all sorts of indiginous species, as well as some imports from other areas. There were tough tanks for the kids, with shells, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, and snails. We really had a great time!

Here's Stonewall with a turtle.

Here's a pic of Skywalker on the left and Stonewall on the right trying on a diving helmet.

Since it was just across the street, we then visited Ft. Gaines. The boys really enjoyed it, they were lots of cannons lying around, and a real blacksmith was there giving demonstrations of
his craft. He was really amazing. He even made each of my boys a handmade square nail with a face on the head. We walked all around that Fort, looked at every nook and cranny, and pretended to fire every cannon. All in all, we had a great day! Stonewall and Skywalker were really sad to see Mimi and Poppy go back to Texas Sunday! But, I only had to remind them, that Rev's parents Bubbles and Big Daddy are going to be here next week!

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