On Monday, the day we actually did go to the beach, it was sunny but red flag was flying (meaning don't go in the water), so we played on the beach in the sand. And, we got lucky for an hour or so they changed the flag to yellow so we could get in the ocean for a little bit. But that was the only time it wasn’t red the whole vacation.
Some beach fun pics...
(Brendan as a stick-figure in the sand)
(Joe and the boys playing in the waves for the brief time we were allowed in the water)
We tried fishing off the pier that evening...
(the boys try to give their "mean pirate look", but they are too cute to look mean)
Wednesday we went to “Fudpuckers” which is a bar/grill type place, but they also have “Gator Beach” there, where there are a bunch of small alligators and such, and we got our picture taken holding one of the alligators. (and then we had an alligator tail appetizer in the restaurant, which was yummy).
(It was SO windy, thus the funky blown-over high hairdo of mine! haha)
(I love this pic- Brendan just looks like he's having so much fun...so carefree and happy!)
After that we went to another nature area and went on a nature trail through a wooded area that ended up at a lake. Definitely no swimming there either, but for different reasons...
On one of the rainy days we went by a place called the Gulfarium. It was kind-of expensive, but really neat! They had dolphin and sea lion shows, and the building wrapped around the dolphin pool, and there were windows all around so that you could see the dolphins swimming under water.
Here's a little video clip of a part of the dolphin show...
On our last day even though it was windy and rainy, we were determined to go to the beach no matter what. So we put on ponchos for some rainy day beach pictures, walking in the sand and seashell searching.
So, while we were bummed out by the weather and water conditions/red flags, we did manage to still have a lot of fun too!