S: Florida March 2011
FC: Florida | 2011 | Making Memories
1: Date traveled: March 10 - March 20, 2011 Travelers: Curt, Valerie, Samantha & Jeremy States seen: Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Florida Miles Traveled: over 4000 miles Average Cost of Diesel: $2.30 Sights seen: The Smokey Mountain National Park, Mark & Kristin and the boys, USS Yorktown, and Folly Beach, Webster Flea Market Pine Island beach, Cocoa Beach, Siesta Keys, Also the Marion Market last stop before leaving Florida Family visited: Stayed with Jim & Bonnie, Nick & Kecia, Jack & Kay, Mendy & boys, Phil & Penny, | Destination: Florida | Destination: Florida
2: On March 10, 2011 the adventure began. We made our way towards North Carolina where we toured the famous Smokey Mountains. Our next stop...South Carolina to see Mark & Kristin and the boys'. We spent a few hours there and then headed to a motel. Early the next morning we headed to the USS and then made it to the beach. It wasn't quite the weather we were hoping for... So we headed SOUTH!
4: The Smokey Mountains
5: The water and ice made for some beautiful pictures | We were willing to put up with a little more snow before we set out to our week of Fun in the Sun.
6: The Smokey Mountains
7: The most beautiful scenery.
8: The Smokey Mountains
10: More beautiful scenery.
11: The view was beautiful. Snow is not my favorite thing, but it is pretty
12: Mark & Kristins
13: Will | Owen | Will going down the slide | Will playing ball.
14: Mark & Kristins | Curt & Owen playing in the bubbles.
15: Pheobe | Will | Mark | Samantha | Curt, Owen & Mark | Kristin | Phoebe
16: "I've played with bigger ships in my bathtub" - Adam Steger
18: Home of the USS Yorktown | This is a bridge we went over. it was so cool.
19: Charleston, SC March 12, 2011
20: Getting ready to fire it up. | Inside the Submarine
21: The submarine had very tight quarters. Not sure that would be the thing for me
22: On the ship
23: Samantha got hungry. | BEEP BEEP BEEP
24: One of the planes in the ship. | Curt checking out the plane. Saw me taking a picture decided he wanted a picture also.
25: on top of | Curt and Jeremy going in the flight simulator.
26: The kids climbed in the bunker for a picture and found ants all over. They got out quick.
27: ????????? | Photos from Folly Beach.
28: Folly Beach South Carolina The weather was cool the day we were here.
29: We walked the beaches and found shells and Curt even found a sand dollar.
31: We always make the trip to RJ Gators in The Villages. | First stop after making it to Jim and Bonnies. YUMM Gator & Garlic Buns!!!
32: Samantha, Chelsea & Ethan | Made our way to the Bacon Ranch to see the family. Got to visit with Nick, Chelsea, Phillip and Ethan
33: No Trip is complete without the smell of nice fresh boiled peanuts filling the truck, luckily a convenient store on the way to the flee market had them! | My family makes it an art to eat boiled peanuts.
34: We can never forget Pine Island. It is a tradition since Jack and Kay took us there. This year we didn't make it there till 10 o'clock and it was packed. | Samantha feeding the birds and Jeremy not liking it over his head. I wonder why?
35: Another tradition is feeding the birds. We always take a bag of Cheetos with us. The people around aren't always happy about it. | While they were feeding the birds a ranger came around and told us not to do that. First time that has ever happened.
36: At Jim & Bonnie's on day one... Put on your shades, Jeremy & Samantha clearly haven't had any sun yet! Effects from the storm weeks before
37: Curt, Jeremy and Jim playing with Bonnie's new props for her photo shoots.
38: Here we are at Cocoa Beach. Lonny,Callie and Jada met up with us at Denny's where we ate breakfast and we ended up going to Cocoa together. | Samantha seems to get in everyones bubble.
39: Coca Beach Everyone in the water. | This time Jeremy is trying to get some sun and Samantha & Jada decided to get in his bubble.
40: Siesta Keys, FL. | Feeding the SeaGulls
41: The whole time they were feeding them Callie says if I get pooped on and guess who got it.
42: Sand Art | Created by...? Credit taken by Jeremy, Jada & Samantha
43: We also stopped to see the Doubeks. Bryan was out of town, but Briar & Robin were home and we got to visit them for a while. Trevor was at something I think for band. | When we left Cocoa Beach Headed for Jim & Bonnies driving along over a bridge Jeremy spotted some wild dolphins swimming in a lagoon. So of course we had to go back and get pictures.
44: While at Siesta this is the motel that we stayed at. Nice pool, laundry, walk to the beach and downtown. Curt & I and the kids spent the day at the beach and Lonny and Callie went to visit some friends. We checked into our room around 3 or 4. | The motel at Siesta Keys. . | Jake was suppose to be getting ready to go to supper, but he felt the need to take a bath.
45: Mindy and Jake met up with us at the motel and we had pizza for supper and made it to the beach to watch the sunset. We have some awesome pictures. We also made a trip through the downtown area. We all spent the night in a motel. It worked.
46: Woops missed a spot with the sun screen. | The Sandmanl .
47: The Sandman
48: The Sunset
49: Siesta Keys.
50: The Sunset | While on the beach Samantha spotted a family getting family pictures taken and they asked a stranger to take pictures for them. Samantha couldn't wait to get over there and volunteer.
53: The Sunset
54: The Sunrise | Walking along the beach in the early morning waiting for the sun to rise | The morning we had to head back home. No one wanted to leave the beach. The worst part of the trip is always leaving.
56: Here they come... Whoop Swoop and DIVE!
57: The pelicans. They were feeding the morning we were there.
59: Jake our little photographer.
60: Getting Nervous... hope these guys know what they are doing!
61: The kids getting ready for their new adventure.
63: Samantha & Jada went together. | The view from the sky.
65: Samantha & Jada went together.
66: They saved our group for last. They wanted to have a little fun with the kids.
68: Jada & Jeremy Parasailed together
69: Down we go
70: While we were waiting for the kids to get done we grabbed a bite to eat and sat along the beach trying to see them in the air. While waiting we saw some dolphins swimming and playing in the water.
72: Watching the kids
74: Jake , Samantha & Jeremy just hanging and spending time on the beach | Random pictures from the trip.
75: On the way home and traveling signs that we saw and they were all over. The Marion Market is a new Flea Market that we have been going to. We hit it on the way home this time. Curt bought half a case of boiled peanuts there this time and took them home. Not the canned ones.
76: Mendy and Jeremy enjoying the beach.
77: Samantha & Dad enjoying the beach.