Summering in South Alabama

School is about to start.  Actually we homeschool year-round so our vacation just started…yesterday.  We relaxed.  I took a nap.

Schools here in Baldwin County start the 10th, I’m told. 

We’re taking the entire month of August off.  We’ll be driving to the beach with little to no traffic; we’ll be in museums with little crowds;  the stores won’t be as crowded and they’ll have their end of year sales that we can shop.

Most of all, we’ll finally get to see what this area is like.  We moved here Memorial Day weekend and after emptying boxes for 2 weeks settled back to school.  We’ve taken time out for tennis team practice, swimming on Wednesday’s with the homeschool club I joined, and meeting up with friends in the afternoons once math, Latin and reading assignments were complete.  Now we have all day to explore. 

I’m hoping to get to: 5 Rivers, Bon Secour, Gulf Shores, Ft Morgan, Orange Beach, the Battleship, Dauphin Island, Weeks Bay Estuary, Foley Outlets, the Mardi Gras museum, Ft Conde and other cool places.  I want to drive to Pensacola to check out the dinosaur/creation museum I’ve heard about.  We’ll collect seaweed for our marine tank; follow the Alabama birding trail; head over to FL and do some of the birding trail in that Panhandle; go letterboxing in Baldwin County (seems a great trail of clues and boxes would start in Daphne and end at Ft Morgan); go  fishing.  Of course, Wednesday’s we’ll still swim with the homeschool club and we’ll head to the Exploreum for a science class.  Next week we’ll vacation in New Orleans (Gary’s birthday wish).  We haven’t been there in years; definitely pre-Katrina. 

And, I’ll write about everything we’ve been doing so stay tuned.