This weekend the boys and I crashed my dad and stepmom’s vacation on Florida’s Emerald Coast. A three hour car ride through southern Alabama to Destin seemed like a small price to pay for this:
Sugary, soft white sand reflects the sun so that the Gulf is a beautiful combination of aquamarine and blue and sea green. The water is so clear that the waves look like glass just before they break. And, bonus!, the waves are generally gentle and warm. It’s a perfect beach recipe for tiny people (and their parents).
Both boys loved standing in the waves as much as digging in the sand where the tide lapped the edge of the beach. Walden was thrilled to discover the joy of bobbing in the waves just past the break. Thankfully the water was shallow for quite a way, so we felt adventurous but actually quite safe.
We rescued a beached flying fish, fed cracker crumbs to sea gulls and experimented with wet sand and waves. It was a perfect quick getaway, and I’m sure we’ll get back to the Emerald Coast again.
Are there any remarkably beautiful places to visit near where you live? I’d love to hear about them!