Thursday, December 13, 2012
Enjoyable beach time
The arrival of some cold temperatures this week made me long for another week at the beach.
The family’s annual trip to the Alabama coast Thanksgiving week was once again a fabulous break from the day-to-day work and school routine.
There was a slight change this year. Andy did not accompany us. He wanted to come to Holly Springs (from the University of Southern Mississippi), sleep late every day and visit with friends.
We missed him, of course, but we didn’t push it.
So, Pam, Erin and I left early on Tuesday morning (after finishing up that week’s newspaper). We got there just before check-in time at one of our usual condominiums, Sugar Beach. Emma joined us later that evening (after finishing up her pre-Thanksgiving classes and work at USM).
First on our agenda was seafood. We decided on one of our all-time favorites, The Shrimp Basket. There was no wait, which is typically the case this time of the year, and the food did not disappoint. I tried something different, mahi mahi tacos. They were wonderful. And oh yes, we did start with some oysters on the half shell.
Back at the condo, we grabbed our flashlights and enjoyed a great late-night stroll along the beach. We could see the lights of a fishing boat in the distance.
The temperatures were wonderful – reaching the 70s every day we were there and only going down into the 50s at night. It was probably the best weather we’ve ever had on the beach for our Thanksgiving vacation.
We were all back on the beach Thursday before lunch. Erin and I just had to get in the water – despite it being a bit cold in late November.
One of the interesting sites this year was the stingrays constantly jumping out of the water. They got very close to the shore. We’d never seen that much activity from the stingrays before.
Erin, our 10-year-old, has always claimed she’s been deprived of certain things, since she’s our “late-in-life” child. She’d never eaten at Lambert’s. So she made our choice for lunch on Wednesday. The country cooking was good and she got to do what every one at Lambert’s likes to do – catch a roll. It is known as “the home of the throwed rolls.” We had leftovers to eat on later at the condo.
Our next stop was Adventure Island, where we had lots of fun, spending an hour or more in the arcade. There were some new games this year and the four of us racked up lots of tickets – enough for Erin to spend about 15 minutes deciding what prizes she wanted.
On Thanksgiving Day, we swayed from the typical turkey. Instead, we had shrimp and crab cakes. But we did have the usual fixings – green bean casserole, dressing with cranberry sauce, rolls and so on. And Pam fixed what may be our last Twinkie pie for dessert.
We watched some football, a special Thanksgiving tradition for our family.
We did plenty of resting. I enjoyed sitting on the balcony of the condo, reading some on my iPad and enjoying the slight breeze. We worked in some card playing, more time on the beach and Erin spent time each day swimming in the heated pool.
Erin and I cut our stay a bit short to go to Jackson for the Class AA state championship football game. But it was indeed another beach trip to cherish.
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