We made a short trip to Huntsville today to see the US Space and Rocket Center. The kids have wanted to go for a very long time. Ironically, we picked today thinking it would be a generic weekday and not very crowded, but we later discovered that it was the first day for a major Star Wars exhibit (the website even had a count-down running with the number of hours until the exhibit opened this morning). It also turned out to be graduation day for a ton of kids doing Space Camp, so all of them and their families were in the park, too. Fortunately the place is huge, and we weren’t going to the Star Wars thing (I swear) so crowds weren’t a problem.
Archive for June, 2010
We’ve seen this place all week and finally decided to eat here. What an amazing atmosphere. We had a table outside overlooking the beach just as the sun was setting. There was a perfect breeze. Some of the karaoke left a little to be desired, but stayed for a long time just enjoying our nice dinner on the water. (all the pictures were from when we were waiting to be seated)
We spent all morning at a place called Gulf World, not too far from our condo. I was a little concerned about whether it would be worth all the time we had to invest in it, but it really was a great place. They had a bunch of shows, several of which were really great (and one of which was a real dud). There was also a large animal exhibit area with lots of different things to see, including some cool sea turtles and some playful dolphins that kept throwing their toy at us.
We took a “three hour tour” to a place called Shell Island. It stormed while we rode out there, but then it cleared and we had an awesome time on the island. The kids found tons of shells and even a few whole sand dollars. It was so great because there were almost no other people around us, especially once we went looking for shells.
We went to a place called Pier Park for dinner, then walked home along the beach. It was unbelievably beautiful outside and there was an awesome breeze. We watched the sun set from the pier. The sun was the most amazing color of orange, but I just couldn’t capture it at all with this little camera. We won’t forget it, though.
The kids were so sweet after we went swimming tonight and they couldn’t wait until tomorrow for me to open my Father’s Day presents (Jake actually gave me his last week because he was so excited — thanks, buddy!). I took the first two pictures below, then Lauren took over as the photographer. She was so excited about it and did a great job, just like she did at the wedding a few months ago: