S: Our Florida Adventures through 2009
FC: Our Florida Adventures | We do many things on our trips south. It ranges anywhere from seeing our family, visiting the beaches, and possibly even checking out a theme park. | Our Florida Adventures
1: Trip Details: Average Miles Traveled: 1,314 (Approximately 22 hours) Vehicles that made the Journey: Maroon F-250, Blue F-250, Toreadore Red F-250, Blue F-250 Travelers: Curt, Valerie, Alecia, Samantha & Jeremy Favorite Park: Sea World & Busch Gardens Favorite thing to do: Along with the beach, the best thing to do is spend time with our family. We have fun things to do with each family and have an amazing time with all of them!
2: Each Florida Vacation starts out pretty much the same... everyone gets their things packed by the night before we leave... Curt goes to bed early, preparing for the long drive ahead, I usually end up checking over everything to make sure we are ready and the kids are to excited to sleep so they end up staying awake until around three or four, just in time to have to be woken up to leave around five or six. On the drive sometimes we stop and see things such as St. Louis, or the sights of Tennessee, but usually we are so anxious and already talking to the Floridians, so all we want to do is make our way to Florida. Even Curt seems to want to make it there as soon as possible. The rest of us get the choice to sleep on our 22 hour drive, but you can bet as soon as we do, Curt's Pilot license seems to kick in and our truck begins to raise... Apparently speed limits don't apply when the family is sleeping. Another thing that usually happens every trip, is stopping in Georgia for what we found to be the best boiled peanuts around... Though Curt and the kids must enjoy them outside of the truck, I'm kind enough to unlock the truck as soon as they finish them. The Boiled Peanuts Smell Horrible!
3: INDEX Florida Trip March 2002 Florida Trip June 2004 Florida Trip January 2005 Florida Trip September 2006 (Took elevator to Jimmy) Florida trip March 2007 Florida trip March 2009
4: We all went up in the Arch! Little cramped but was an amazing view! | St. Louis, MO. | Headed South '02
5: To the left is the car that we rode up into the Arch in. Below are Curt and the kids looking out the windows. | The View
6: Alecia playing on the internet at the country music hall. | Nashville, TN We also stopped in Nashville to take in some of the sights.
7: It was awesome to see the town that so many country legends began!
8: Webster Flea Market
9: Webster is always on Mondays. You need to get there first thing in the morning.
10: Busch Gardens | This was our first time going to Busch Gardens.
11: The dolphin show was amazing! | There were also many animals to visit. | If you think these hippos look good, you should see Alecia's amazing impersonations!
12: Happy Easter! | Finally meeting the newest member to the family: Colten Rivers Wicker
13: Spending the day coloring Easter eggs at Mindy's
14: Hanging at the beach near Mindys.
15: Kayla, Alecia, Samantha & Jake burying Chelsea in the sand...
16: A day at the beach with Kecia and the girls. | Curt and the kids with a horseshoe crab they found in the water... | A day at the beach with Kecia and the girls. | Word of Advice: even if an animal is down in the sand...It doesn't mean its dead!
18: We always set some time aside to visit Jack and Kaye. Fishing there was amazing & we always found a way to make some amazing memories!
19: We always found something to do. Whether helping them clean up something, listening to their stories, hearing Jack talk in code, fishing with the cane poles, or in Curt's case, taking a nice little swim with the gators! There was never a dull moment! | Jack | Jack
20: Sea World Cierra took the day off of work to spend with us. | It was a beautiful day for a park.
21: Watching the shows... and petting the sting raye
22: Never too old for the ice-cream truck.
23: Nick took Curt & Jeremy Bass fishing. They had a good time. Always fun catching fish.
24: Disney World | 2002
25: The light Parade
26: Ronnie thinks he is alive, but we didn't see him. | Elvis' Mansion. On the way to Florida we stopped to see the Mansion. | June 2004 | 5/29/2004
28: Our first time of doing this and we had a good time. | Snorkeling with Mindy, Lennie, Casey & Jake. | Good Times | 5/31/2004
30: Our picnic. | The first time we ever went to Pine Island, Jack & Kay took us. We had a picnic lunch and hung out at the beach. It was alot of fun. We have made it a tradition ever since. | The road that goes out to the island. | 6/3/2004
32: Cierras Graduation Party | Cierra had a nice party. They also included Alecia with a few gifts. | 2004 | 6/5/2004
34: NASA with Jimmy. | 6/8/2004
35: On the big bus.
36: We stopped here after we were done at NASA. The girls didn't have their suits. They all went in the water anyway. They had fun. | The beach is always the BEST!
37: Cocoa Beach with Jimmy | 6/8/2004
39: Went to visit Grandma and Phil and the crew came over to visit. | Phil, Penny, Miracle, Caley, Grandma & Us. | 2004 | 6/5/2004 | Saying good-bye before heading nortth.
40: Venice Beach Took a day & went to the beach to look for sharks teeth. Jim & Bonnie went with us. | Jim, Bonnie, Steven, Matthew, Curt, Samantha, Jeremy & I. | 2005
41: We were looking for sharks teeth. | 6/12/2005
43: More pictures at Venice Beach
44: Here we are spending time at Jack & Kays. We always have a good time. One early evening we went fishing, that was fine until Samantha was messing around with a bamboo pole and a little gator caught on to it. Curt had to go back out into the canal and get the bobber. He caught up to the bobber and SURPRIZE. | Here is Samantha before the gator caught on to her pole. Uncle Jack had to fetch Curt out of the water. | 2005
45: The gator pulled Curt into the canal. He did save the bobber though. Wallet, phone, everything went in with him.. | Curt after the gator pulled him into the water. After all that excitement Jeremy still caught himself a fish. | 6/12/2005
46: 6/13/2005 | Jeremy with his big catch. | Reeling him in. | Bonnie and her big catch. | Fishing at Jack & Kays.
47: 6/14/2005 | Visiting with Grandma Bacon.
48: In March of 2007, we decided to mix things up and we flew to Florida. It was an adventure we had never done before. We had an interesting time and arrived their safely. Alecia flew down with us and she had to come back early to go to work. On our trip home we got a little too familiar with the Atlanta Airport when we had to spend 24 hours there waiting for our flight! | 2007 | Jeremy and Samantha took it into their own hands to find entertainment The trip home.!
49: The background picture was taken at Pine Island. That is one beach we are sure to visit every time we are in Florida. | CREDIT CARD PHONES!!! | The trip to Florida.
50: Sea World is our favorite theme park. | Sitting getting ready to watch the Shamu show. | Isn't he precious.
51: Samantha with the Dolphins. | Jeremy feeding the dolphins. | Alecia with the dolphins also.
52: Disney World | Walking through Disney Samantha got asked to be part of a band. She did pretty good.
54: Jimmy, Curt, Ezra & Jeremy went deep sea fishing. The experience was a little better on calmer water. | Deep Sea Fishing
55: Jeremy's Birthday | Jeremy working on his big catch.
56: The kids paddle boating in the pond. | Look, Jeremy doing all the work.
57: Samantha drying her pants. | Alecia can't handle the night life. | Fun Pictures
58: Forever in our Hearts | Forever in our Hearts
59: March of 2007 Grandma Bacon passed away a couple of weeks before we made our way down there. We went to the cemetary and cleaned up around it. We also replaced the flowers. | We got a chance to visit her in September, but by the way she was talking, we knew it may have been our last Good Bye.
60: The best part of going to Florida for our family is the beach. We usually get together with Mindy and the boys to go to the beach. | Pine Island is a tradition. | 2009
61: We usually go to the beach also with Jim & Bonnie when they aren't busy. | Mindy and the boys didn't get to make this trip.
62: Went to see Phil & Penny when we got to town. | The kids were just hanging out. They like messing with the camera. | 2009
63: Phil & Penny have a little puppy too. It was so cute.
64: Hanging out with Jim & Bonnie. We had a cookout with them. The boys went fishing while we were hanging.
65: Michael, Julie, Zack & Matthew came over also.
66: Mindy, Alecia, Samantha & Chelsea went out on the town to Cowboys. Looks like they had a good time.
67: Mindy, Chelsea, Alecia & Samantha | The girls stayed at Mindys that night.
68: Here we are at the beach with Mindy, Jake & Casey. After spending the day at the beach we watched the shuttle go up with them. It was awesome. | Samantha & Jake feeding the pigeons.
69: When we go to the beach we always take a bag of Cheetos and feed them to the pigeons. It is pretty cool. They usually take the food right out of your hand. | New Smyrna Beach This is the beach we went to with Mindy, Casey, & Jake this year.
70: Getting ready to watch the shuttle go off. | We sat in the back of Caseys truck.
71: This is where we sat to watch the Shuttle taking off.
72: Visiting with Jack & Kay and Keith & Ambers kids. Harmony & Daniel | We went to visit Jack and Kay one day. They spend a lot of time with the little ones. At there new house, by Keith & Ambers.
73: The Villages | Here is my Gem car | We made it a tradition to go to R.J Gators! | We were there on St. Patricks Day. They had a band and people everywhere. | They drive golf carts & Gem cars all over. | Our Jim & Bonnie tradition. Need to have them garlic buns.
74: We were able to spend a lot of time with Mindy & the boys this time.
75: Fun photos | Although Casey had to work quite a bit of the time.
76: Meet Teddy & Bennies brother & sister. | Gracie & Biggs | Meet our newest members of the family. Teddy & Bennie.
77: They are a lot of fun. | They were born on February 4, 2009. They are part Yorkie & part Chewahwa. | Since we saw a little puppy at the Flee Market we have been keeping our eye out for one. While this time we found not 1, but 2. They are adorable. On the way home we named them Teddy & Bennie. We found them through Chelsea. She got the brother sister to the boys.
78: On the way home we went up to South Carolina. We stopped to see Mark & Kristin Ports. | We are upstairs looking down into the living room & kitchen. | Jerby!!
79: Will playing with the puppies.
80: Headed home from spending the night with the Ports. We had a nice visit with them.
81: We stayed in a motel in Kentucky on the way home. We snuck the pups in with us.
82: Usually before we head back to Iowa, the whole family makes an effort to meet at the cracker barrel to say goodbye... As time has gone on, Not as many people can make it, but we are always certain we will at least meet up with Mendy and the boys.