Monday, July 2, 2007

We're back!

Wow, what an amazing trip! And so nice to get away from all the rain that seems to be hanging on to the area. Actually, it rained 3 quarters of the drive down... and when it cleared, the sky was amazing.

As usual something goes a little haywire on our trips, and this trip was no different... except that it happened before we could even get on the road! Daddio always checks the tires before we head out, and fills them up to a higher pressure for long trips. This requires our little air compressor (I should mention that this thing is, oh, 10-12 years old)... anyway after working on only one tire, Daddio realized that the compressor had drained the car battery... COMPLETELY. After waking all our neighbors for a brief survey at 7 am to see if they had jumper cables we could barrow, we finally had to have OnStar send someone out to jump the battery!

I had to take a picture of this, for insurance purposes... I mean seriously, they sent a Geo Metro (2 door hatch) to jump the Yukon XL... when that little thing burst into flames, I wanted to make sure they understood the situation.

Thankfully that only took 20 minutes (for them to arrive), and we were able to get underway... or so we thought. As you can see in the picture it wasn't raining... when we got to the gas station to finish the tire job, there came a down poor... oh and the air thingy there was all jacked up... so we went in search of another gas station. We ended up sitting under the awning and using our air compressor (with the car running this time) for about a half an hour, due to the rain and the air machine just out in the weather. Then we were off, with no further delays... except the crummy traffic we were trying to avoid by leaving at 7:00 instead of 8:30.

After getting our keys from the realtor, unloading the car, we were off to the grocery store for a weeks worth of supplies... then home again home again! Then off to the BEACH!

This was by far our best trip down, the house was great, the water and beach amazing, and the wildlife... we saw things up close that you usally only see in the zoo or on TV. We photographed wild sea turtles down on the jetty, we had to experiences with a stingray right in the water where we were playing, and this years shells were really neat. Thanks to the new camera we were able to catch every scene and bring it home with us to relive over and over again!

Here's a smattering of what we saw and did!


4andcounting said...

Looks like lots of fun. I'm beginning to think a beach vacation is just what we need to plan for, next year. So don't be surprised if I start bugging you for more information. ;)

Matilda said...

Yeah! You're home!!!

That beach house looks awesome! Love the pictures of the boys. They must have had a blast!

underthewillow said...

why can't I see the pictures? (i'm whining, I'm sorry) :) Is it cuz we have an iMac?

I'm glad you're back, too! :) Sounds like you all had fun!

littlebit said...

Your condo looks like the one I had envisioned for our weekend beach stay. I'm sure by the time you got to the store you were pooped. I would've thrown myself into the ocean and floated like a jellyfish. Actually that's what I did do after scrubbing our condo top to bottom. We will just take advantage of living an hour from the beach and make little day trips out there for now; those are refreshing. Glad you are home safe and sound.

underthewillow said...

Oh, thanks for sending me the link! The pictures are GREAT! And that beach house looks so cute! What a great idea. It's what we did for our honeymoon in Lake Tahoe and I don't know why I never thought of it for a family trip. You should blog about planning a trip like this. (Otherwise you might have me bugging ya, too.) :)

Steph B said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a great time. I would also be interested in more info about this vaca spot... =) Thanks for sharing the pics!