Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gulf Shores

Monday morning the four of us left and headed for Gulf Shores - our first ever beach vacation as a family!!
We had a blast! The time just flew by and we've decided it is definitely something we will do again!
On the way down the skies looked ominous, but we got lucky and it didn't rain.
Am Montag frueh haben wir vier uns ins Auto gesetzt und sind nach Gulf Shores gefahren - unser erster Strand Urlaub als Familie!
Wir hatten unwahrscheinlich viel Spass, die Zeit ging viel zu schnell vorbei und wir haben jetzt schon beschlossen es wieder zu machen.
Auf dem Hinweg war der Himmel oft grau, aber wir hatten Glueck und es hat nicht geregnet.
 Finally at the beach! It was a bit windy, but that made for great waves to play in. We really enjoyed it!
Endlich am Strand! Es war ein bissl windig, aber dafuer gab es schoene Wellen um im Wasser zu spielen. Wir haben es total genossen!




 The girls really wanted to go to "The Hangout" so we went on our first evening there. The place was packed, so we didn't really stay long. They were happy just to see it, so it worked out.
Die Maedels wollten unbedingt zu einem Restaurant "The Hangout" also sind wir am ersten Abend dorthin. Es waere ueber eine Stunde Wartezeit fuer einen Tisch gewesen, also sind wir nicht lange geblieben. Die Maedels waren zufrieden sich das ganze nur mal anzusehen.
 On day two we went to check out the Pier and then headed to the beach at Ft. Morgan. That beach was quite a bit different than the one at Gulf Shores. The water was rougher, more algae, almost no seashells... We decided we liked the Gulf Shores beach better.
Am zweiten Tag haben wir uns das Pier angesehen und sind danach an den Strand in Ft. Morgan gefahren. Dieser war ganz anders als der in Gulf Shores. Die Wellen waren viel staerker, viele Algen im Wasser, so gut wie keine Muscheln zu finden... Der Gulf Shores Strand hat uns allen besser gefallen.




 In the afternoon we went out to eat, Souvenir shopping and rode go karts. Friends of ours happened to be there at the same time we were, so we met up with them in the evening for a while.
Nachmittags sind wir dann zum Essen gegangen, haben Andenken eingekauft und sind go karts fahren gegangen. Freunde von uns waren zufaelligerweise auch in Gulf Shores und so haben wir uns am Abend mit ihnen getroffen.
 On Wednesday morning we checked out of our hotel and headed towards Mobile to tour the USS Alabama and the submarine. A very interesting tour for sure!
Mittwoch frueh sind wir dann wieder Richtung Heimat gefahren, haben aber einen Stop in Mobile eingelegt um die USS Alabama und ein U Boot zu besichtigen. Sehr interessant!


Our drive home took a lot longer than the drive to the beach. We got caught in 5 o'clock traffic in Birmingham and then the bottom fell out. It poured like crazy several times and as we got closer to home it started to hail. We actually had to pull over once because we just couldn't see the road anymore. Everybody was glad to get out of the car once we made it!
Die Heimfahrt hat leider viel laenger gedauert als die Fahrt ans Meer. In Birmingham sind wir im Feierabendverkehr stecken geblieben und danach hat es ein paar mal geschuettet wie verrueckt. Es war ein garstiges Unwetter, hat geblitzt und dann sogar gehagelt. Einmal mussten wir rechts ran fahren da wir die Strasse nicht mehr sehen konnten! Wir waren alle heil froh als wir zuhause aus dem Auto aussteigen konnten!

6 comments:

  1. You sure packed a lot into that trip--looks like a wonderful time was had by all.
    :)

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  2. It looks like you had a fabulous time! I haven't been to Gulf Shores, but I have a cousin who lives there and loves it. Now I want to go to The Hangout!

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  3. I am so glad that you all made the trip, Anke. It was so obvious from your pictures that everyone was having a wonderful time! Gotta enjoy those girls while you have them still at home...making memories is one of the best gifts you could ever give them.

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  4. what fun! glad you had a good time and the traffic was only bad coming home (I hate that!). So happy you were with your family having fun!!

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  5. I'm glad you had a nice little vacation. What a beautiful looking beach! It looks like the girls had a lot of fun too!

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  6. Wow, you did pack in a lot in a short time. I'm so glad you got to enjoy the beach as a family….looks like a lot of fun!!!

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