As a former military family, we always look forward to getting on base and/or learning about the Armed Services history.
Right off of Elgin Air Force Base, is the Department of the Air Force Armament Museum, which has a whole lot of history.
The kids, especially the two little ones, were impressed with all the ammunition and the size of all the planes.
The kids were dying to touch something, so we were glad to see that they could play in a cockpit simulator.
We learned a ton and were grateful that the kids were so in to it too!
And the kicker to all of this is that it is open to the general public and admission is free!
Before starting this post, can we just tell you we love this picture!!!
We have been to Destin before, but this was over 8 years. It was so long ago that our now beautiful teenage girls…
were two beautiful toddlers!
One of the perks of camping in Florida State Parks, as well as having a State Park Pass, is that it gets you on some of the most beautiful, clean, and secluded beaches. Once again, we had a beach basically to ourselves, save a few joggers and a few seagulls.
Because the wind was pretty low, we were able to spend a few hours on the beach, allowing the kids to build a “sand pool”… (they were very proud of their work and we were very proud at how they worked together, i.e. Madison and Mackenzie shaped the structure and got water, while Macey and Gig-up were in charge of getting wet sand and dry sand respectively)
…and for Daddy to bury Gig-up…
…and Mommy made sure to get all the good photos!
This is what a Florida vacation is all about!
Sorta by accident, we stumbled upon a taffy shop. So of course, we made sure to stop in.
And, on down to a souvenir shop to pick up a few stickers and a Christmas ornament for our Christmas Travel Tree.
It pretty much rained all while I was hooking the RV up, during the entire drive, (but since it was a short one, it really wasn’t that bad), and the rest of the evening.
We drove along the scenic 30-A and saw some magnificent homes on the way to our campground.
After unhooking, we got comfy and found something to do inside.
PCB, the spring break destination of high schoolers and college kids across the country. Thankfully, it’s January and we could visit the city without the throngs of crowds.
Yet again, we started our day of sight-seeing with a mandatory trip to Walmart. But this Walmart was special…it had a whole section dedicated to Airbrushing!!
And of course, picked up a new poker chip from Harley, as well as some snacks. They had a lounge for its patrons. Pretty cool! The kids said that this is their favorite Harley so far.
For a family that did not start going to Dave & Busters at all until about 2.5 years ago in Galveston, we sure love it now.
And we picked up quite a haul!
This particular D&B was right along S. Pier Park Drive, so we got a little exercise in walking down the strip towards the pier and beach.
Collecting some Kilwin’s…
…and beef jerky on the way…
…before making it to the beach!
We worked up quite an appetite after walking the half mile strip 🙂
So the next stop was certainly food!
Kelly and the girls filled their bellies with a locally owned pizza shop (Shore Shack Pizza), and didn’t leave a crumb.
While William and Gig-up stuffed their faces with Waffle House.
One more week!!
We just cannot get enough of the beach, so we decided to have an early lunch at St. George Island State Park beach.
One of the reasons we love state parks and national parks is because they charge to enter, and since we camp there or have park passes, we can be on the beach with very little congestion.
Every opportunity we have to mix in a little bit of learning is taken advantage while we are traveling. On the island, there was a bunch of history.
We arrived at our next campground and could not believe our view. Backed up into the bay, feet from the water, with a cool breeze slightly gliding through the air. And the view got better at night! This is the life!
On the final fourth of our forty day Florida trip but the sights continue to impress.
If you’re in the town of Carrabelle, check out the world’s smallest police station.
All 4 of our kids fit in there, though it’s hard to see in the top left picture!
The people are super friendly in this small fishing town on the gulf coast.
Poor fake beached dolphin.
I have no clue what she was frowning at!
Our campground was on St. George Island and we had a short walk behind our campsite to the beach. The tide was out so we were able to walk fairly far into the bay.
Drove a few miles from the campground to the little, but proud town of Lee.
If you haven’t figured out by now through our blog, we are more about enjoying the limited time left we have with our children. We desire to make the most of it.
While we take advantage of our free time, we still make sure to get our work/school done.
Though we didn’t do much more than relax, we did end the night, like many nights, around the campfire.
No, Madison wasn’t named after this city, but as soon as we saw it on the map, we knew we had to come.
Normally, in every city, we visit their downtown. It helps us to get a grasp of what their way of life is really like as well as to experience the history of the town.
From the older buildings, the red brick roads, and the painted murals, these types of towns are amazing to see.
In downtown Madison, like most other cities, they maintain and display their history, which we were able to see in their museum.
The sweet lady who ran the museum spent some time telling us about the city…
… before allowing us to walk around ourselves.
It’s always neat for the kids to see the major role minorities played in most parts of the country.
From the first black to vote in Madison county (man in the lower left corner).
To the first woman to command an Air Force base.
As well as to see the price of things in years past.
Could you imagine only paying a dime for 4 hours now?
It’s been quite a joy of ours to see our kids learning, having fun, and expanding their horizons.
Though there is not much to do around here, we are loving it. It is quiet and our schedule isn’t as full.
The highlight of our trip to the city was yet another visit to Walmart!
We stayed up watching “The Foreigner” and “The Mountain Between Us” on Redbox.
After a hot cup of coffee, around 2am, we called it a night!
There was not much to see here in the city, but we liked it because every time we said it, Mackenzie would say, “Bless You.” I guess it sounds like a sneeze!
We did stop at a pretty large Harley on the way.
And enjoyed a picnic lunch on a park bench!