Most of time when you head down to the beach at night it is really windy, so knowing this Kelly went out and bought a bunch of kites for our vacation. We went out two different nights to fly kites, the first night the breeze was slight and there were a lot of gnats so we went in early and then the second night it was perfect. Davy, Colin, and Connor each had their own kite and then Emma and Matty shared one. The kids just had a ball running up and down the beach watching the kites soar into the sky. Davy kept saying that he wanted his to go higher and higher and Matty kept asking to hold and try. We only had to untangle the lines a few times. The weather was nice and we also got to watch a beautiful sunset. Life is good.
Category Archives: Little Gasparilla Island
This ferry is what we took to get on and off Little Gasparilla Island. There are no cars on the island, however there are golf carts everywhere and a ton of wagons. We took 2 day trips off of the island and both times the kids were thrilled to get on the boat. The ferry runs every three hours during the week and every two hours on the weekends. While on the boat the kids looked for fish, crabs, birds, watched the dolphins chase the boat waves, and the captain even let Davy honk the horn.
After what felt like days and days and hours and hours of rain…with no end in sight Kelly says, “Well when life gives you lemons, you just have to make lemonade!” So that’s what we did. As long as there isn’t any thunder who cares if there is sunshine or rain?
We had been watching the radar on the The Weather Channel and it didn’t seem as if the rain was ever going to stop and the children just needed to get out and run…so they did! They danced in the rain, played chase and tag, made new friends who came out to join them, and gathered up buckets to have a water fight.
After dinner, we rallied and did it all over again on the beach in their pj’s. This time instead of having water fights, they had mud fights. They laughed, and squealed, and ran…Kelly and I of course got soaked, but to watch the sheer happiness on their faces was priceless. Andy said to me afterwards that he needed to remind himself to live in the moments and have more fun more often no matter with situation.
There’s nothing better than being on vacation and watching your children just have a wonderful time. Playing on the beach means running, swimming, laughing, treasure hunting, digging, building, chasing Seagulls, growing and so much more. We love going to the beach!… so here are a few of the pictures that we took during the week.
Here Davy and Connor are walking from the condo over to the boardwalk that leads out onto the beach…
There are over 100 sea turtle nests on the island and there are 4 rare green sea turtle nests. We were hoping that we would have enough energy to get up around midnight and take the older boys out to see if we could see any eggs hatching…but we were to tired after long fun days of playing…next summer!
Davy, Colin, and Connor loved riding their Boogie Boards! They rode them for hours. The only problem that we had was after riding the waves onto shore they were to far down the beach and we would have to call them back…
I couldn’t help but take a picture of this perfect beach dog. Every morning that we were out we saw it lazily walk the beach with its owners. For a dog, it can’t get much better than this…
Davy and Connor were making sand angels…
The kids loved having the wagons on the beach. Davy and Connor were always wanting to help us pull the wagons, but in the loose sand with the babies in them they were kind of heavy, so this way they all got to climb in and out and take turns dragging it around…
After each trip to the beach we found it to be easiest if once we got to the condo they stripped down, were hosed off, and then headed inside “mostly” sand free…
Ahhh, how could watching six kids at the beach not be fun!!!!…..
If you have never heard of Little Gasparilla Island, then there is a reason for that…the residents keep it a secret. As summer vacation is coming to a close, Kelly and I decided that it would be fun to take the kids to the beach for a week for one last getaway before school starts. It was through a recommendation of a friend that we ended up here at Hideaway Bay.
The island is in Charlotte County and located just north of Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande. The only way to get to the island is by ferry which runs only a few times a day, something that we weren’t really aware of when we arrived.
We got up in the morning, loaded the cars, and drove on down. The drive only took two hours so the trip wasn’t to long and it wasn’t to short. When we got to Placida Kelly had to pick up the rental key and we thought it best to buy groceries sooner rather than later. When we got to the unloading area, we were surprised to discover that the ferry was due to pick up at 2pm (8 minutes away) and then again at 5pm. Not wanting to miss the ferry we went into overdrive to get the cars unloaded and parked across the street. When the ferry arrived a few of the people who got off helped us get on.
Now there are no cars on the island, just golf carts and wagons so I am sure that you can picture how much stuff is needed for 2 adults and 6 kids for one week, including the groceries… We were lucky that a man aboard the ferry offered to help us get our things to the condo with his golf cart.
Whewww….. I’d like to think that all of this occurred because of perfect execution…but really it was just luck.
If you have never heard of Little Gasparilla Island, then there is a reason for that…the residents keep it a secret. As summer vacation is coming to a close, Kelly and I decided that it would be fun to take the kids to the beach for a week for one last getaway before school starts. It was through a recommendation of a friend that we ended up here.
The island is in Charlotte County and located just north of Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande. The only way to get to the island is by ferry which runs only a few times a day; there are no cars, just golf carts and wagons. Now I am sure that you can picture how much stuff is needed for 2 adults and 6 kids for one week, don’t forget groceries…
The kids had a wonderful time on the island. They rode the waves, walked the beach, built sand castles, dug for shells, looked for crabs and treasures, flew kites, counted turtle nests, and looked for island fruit (mangoes and coconuts).
And when the weather wasn’t the greatest they danced in the rain and splashed in the puddles.
On days we left the island the kids loved riding the ferry and watching the dolphins chase the waves.
Off the island we took them down to the Boca Grande Lighthouse, the Loose Caboose for lunch (which used to be an old train station), the Pink Pony for ice cream, and Lemon Bay Park to go hiking.
We spent our evenings watching movies and when the weather was nice we watched the most beautiful sunsets.
To read more about our trip to the beach, check out the Boys Blog or stop on over at Kelly’s….