Vacation: Pensacola Beach

We took our first real family vacation this past week at Pensacola Beach with my sister’s family. We had a blast at Portofino Island Resort, and will definitely consider going back in the future. A few memories from the trip:

  • drove up to Dallas on Saturday before waking at 4 a.m. and left Sunday at 5 a.m. Took I-20 to Jackson, then to Mobile, on to Pensacola
  • night-time crab hunting
  • Zane did not like walking on sand at first, but warmed up to it
  • the little pool and pop-up angled tent were both great ideas for the beach
  • majority of beach time was spent looking for sea shells in the very clear surf a few feet deep by everyone except me, I typically just hung around them in the water
  • we left our sunscreen in the car, so Instead of going to get it, Kenn convinced us to use some free stuff he got at work. My family lathered up with it, and when we got back we were all red, especially me. We looked at the sunscreen bottle, which stated “to remove, rinse with water”
  • kids and adults throwing a ball in pool, the wife getting hit in the head by the adults and them not acknowledging what happened until I brought it to their attention
  • Kenn, Connor, and I took out a kayak a 200-300 yards off shore and found a big group of (20-30) dolphins playing. A few got within about 40 feet of us
  • 100 yards off shore Kenn and I jumped off the kayaks with goggles and he got stung by a jelly fish
  • saw a huge sting ray (small dinner table in size) about 150 yards off shore, scared the crap out of us
  • hiked through some very rough woods and sand to fish with Case on bay side
  • Case and I woke up early to fish on gulf side but caught nothing. The next morning we tried the bay side on a kayak and got nothing either. We were using frozen shrimp, cut bait, and squid; wish we would have tried live bait
  • we ate every meal at the condo except our last dinner, it was impressive that we did not give in to spending money at restaurants
  • saw the Blue Angels practice at the Naval Aviation Museum, which was awesome, but lunch fiasco was not fun
  • went to the U.S.S. Alabama on the way back, which in itself was cool, but we also saw a few USAF PJs practicing their skills by climbing and pulling dummies up to the top of the ship
  • the entire trip cost about $1900