Having grown up in a fishing village in Japan, where I could see the ocean from my bedroom window, I have a thing for beaches. I love the beach and it has been a dream of mine to live by the ocean. But, for now at least, God has placed us pretty far from any beach.
We are smack dab in the middle of the states in good old Kansas.
Some families like to go to Colorado for vacation. But I always want to go where I can go to sleep to the sound of surf!
Our son and his wife first discovered Dauphin Island when they went there with friends. It is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. Most people think we are saying Dolphin Island. No, it is Dauphin.
It used to be called Massacre Island (as there was a massacre there in 1699). It was changed and there is disagreement over the reason for the name of Dauphin but some say it was named after the French heir to the throne, Dauphina.
The island is connected to the mainland by this cool bridge!
Our first year that we decided to go, our plans were ruined by Katrina.
Homes were destroyed.
Part of the island was washed away.
The beaches were oil slicked.
Luckily, we had insurance and got our money back and we ended up going to Great Wolf Lodge as a family instead. Not quite the same. Ha! But almost as pricey!!
We booked a rental house last fall. Because the children are in school now, we could not get a house off-season as we did the last time we went. Off-season is a great time to go as prices are much cheaper.
Adam's called us as they were driving through town. Just as we drove down the on-ramp, they drove past us (see the mini-van) and we caravaned the 2 day trip down to the island. Josh's would meet us there but were going through Memphis and we were going through Dallas. Mindy was flying down.
Driving through Dallas was crazy!!!
I have no idea how people stand living in big cities!
Some guy nearly rear ended us. Squealing tires and smoke everywhere as he pulled across 3 lanes to take the off ramp where we were also getting off on. AWFUL!!
Many hours later, we arrived in Shreveport, Louisiana. We had booked a 2 bedroom suite at Homewood Suites. It was wonderful!!! Great service and wonderful hospitality!
We unpacked our coolers to keep things frozen and cool in the fridge overnight. We had packed all our food for the week. We each were assigned 2 nights to fix and prepare supper and Al and I purchased all the food.
We arrived early enough to go swimming before getting ready for bed.