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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Saint Simons Island vacation

This year the Davis family decided that it was about time to do a "relaxing vacation". I don't know about you, but whenever we go on vacation, it seems that we are constantly running from place to place with very little down time. We've never been "just lay on the beach all day" kind of people. But this year we felt that we needed a getaway. Saint Simons was recommended to us by a few people, so we decided to give it a try. Here are some highlights:

The Saint Simons Lighthouse.

Hannah's best friend from daycare and her family were able to spend the weekend with us. It made the weekend a lot of fun and we were sorry to see them go.

I don't know what it is but when you combine the Davis family with water you get Hannah thrown in the air shots. This one is from the pool.

And this one is from the ocean.

Here is Hannah sitting in George W. Bush's chair from the G8 Summit held on Saint Simons Island back in 2004.

And here we are at the Sea Turtle Center... and it is CLOSED! Cue the sad music. Waaaa, waaa.

No worries, we came back the next day! Yeah! All is saved.

Family photos in front of pretty trees.

This is the bridge from Jekyll Island (where the sea turtle center is) to Saint Simons Island. Isn't it cool?

Uh oh. Storm is coming in. You know the weather couldn't be perfect ALL week right?

We tried to get some ocean time in before the bottom dropped out.

Stupid storm!

While we were on vacation, I arranged for Hannah to take some swim lessons. Because of our long hours and crazy commutes, swim lessons just haven't been something we could manage. Hannah learned how to float and kick, stroke her arms and put her head under water. The lessons really helped with her confidence and now she is a fish!

The island also had a beautiful public pool that I wished we found sooner. We had a lot of fun just swimming around at this pool.

Group shot at the awesome pool. Notice I cropped Chris's chest down - y'all know why, this blog is for kids too!

The last two shots take some explaining. While we were at the Sea Turtle Center, they offered to sign up for some night walks of the beach. We scheduled our tour the last day we were on vacation. The hope was that we would come upon a mommy sea turtle laying her eggs. And with a lot of luck and some serious walking in the complete pitch black... we did! The first picture is her tracks and the second is the nest. Sorry about no pictures of the turtle itself, like I said it was pitch black and no flash photography was allowed. These pictures were taken after mommy turtle was back in the water.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and would recommend Saint Simons Island to anyone looking for a family-friendly retreat!

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