7.18.2011

Goodbyes and Camel Rides.

It was our last day at the Gulf, and as we dragged our packed luggage to the car, we metaphorically dragged our feet. We didn't want to leave. Not at all. 

We hit the road, heading slowly out of our coastal temporary home. We decided to stop for donuts. The donut shop sat right in front of the fabled "Little Zoo that Could", the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo...whose animals had been evacuated and survived both Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Katrina. So we decided to prolong our trip, just a little bit longer. After all, we would be back to reality soon enough. 

This small zoo was filled with charm and lots of pretty animals...including four varieties of bengal tigers, lots of monkeys, a black bear, and some alligators. And the most exciting part of our little excursion? Hudson and I went on a CAMEL ride! Wowza! It was so thrilling to sit high atop that humped creature named John Henry who traipsed slowly around and even smiled for the camera. But, after a while of hearing me singing "My Humps" and feeling baby-sized sandal-footed kicks, he was probably quite fatigued. Will said he thought that he was actually going to get to ride the camel, because he just "knew" that I would chicken out. But I climbed right up there, held my brave boy, and we were off! What a wonderful memory for little Hudson, and me, too!

This trip to the beach was full of adventure, relaxation, and fun. It was a fantastic one.

p.s. I'm guest posting over on my friend Lauren's amazing blog Outside Voice! I wrote all about one of my favorite photos...go check it out! And if you don't already read her fabulous blog, I guarantee you will by the time you finish browsing around her beautiful space! 

30 comments:

Mariel Torres said...

Ok so it's official... I should move to Florida hehe. What a fun time you guys have been having! loving the pictures lady :)

Gentri said...

Ah! I want to go! I saw your guest post earlier- loved it of course. :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I just love ALL your pictures!! Great quality photos! I cant believe you guys got to ride a camel! ...that's def not something most people can say they have done.

Diana Smith said...

awww I love your zoo! Ours isnt as fun!! All the animals were sleeping or inside!

The Zoo Keeper said...

Well its sad but true. It was our last day at the beach, well last day for this trip to Alabama's Gulf Coast. I can not wait for our next trip south. I must say each trip to the beach gets better and better. I am so glad I saw that donut shop. Yes they were some awesome donuts! Then it was your awesome idea to go to the zoo. Hudson loved it. He could get up close to the animals. I am surprised that you road good ole John Henry. Little man had a blast. I am still surprised that the zoo adventure did not wear the little guy for the ride home. What ever this was the best beach departure ever minus leaving the beach.

LOVE YOU!!!

Classy Career Girl said...

Love your smile! This really makes me want to take a vacation. Looks like such a fun time! :)

Jordan said...

Love these fotos! My friend and I are planning on doing a photography tour where we visit a zoo in each state. Your photos have inspired me!

Peace, Love and Puppies,
Raised By Wolves

Kinsey Michaels said...

aww i wouldn't want to leave either, it looks like paradise! lovely photos girl - i can't believe you rode a camel! something to cross off the bucket list ;)

Shay said...

HA- You sang My Humps. That rocks and I LOVE the photos! I want to ride a camel!

Meri said...

What cool animals- and the camel ride looks so fun! What a cool experience for little Hudson too!

Janette said...

Oh my goodness!! I would be holding on for dear life! That camel looks scary and you are a brave one! Hat tip! Oh! I like your shorts! Where do you find such amazingness? Do share!


Janette the Jongleur

O'Melly said...

Your photos are wonderful and you look fabulous! I remember riding a camel at the Zoo once! Very fun! I've also rode an elephant at the circus when I was just a little girl.

Cindy P said...

I love this! I love that you got to ride a camel! How fun! If I ever visit the Gulf Coast I'm going to find that farm! It's adorable. =)

Glad you guys had a great trip at the beach. I really enjoyed reading about it!

Laura Elizabeth said...

It seems like your family had a fab time at the beach. You'll remember those wonderful memories when you're back in 'the real world'. Thanks for letting us come along too. That tiger cub was gorgeous :)

And now I'm off to read your guest post

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

Is that a Baby Siberian tiger?? it's so cute. love the camel riding shots too. aww. You updated your layout again. You always are so good at that.

Ashley Sisk said...

Lovely photos - looks like an awesome time and makes me want to go on vacation.

ohyouprettythings said...

Lovely photos!! looks like you guys had a great time!! You are so gorgeous! :]

Ashley said...

aww this looks so awesome!! i love your zoo so much!! it's def a MUST for me to visit one day!

Pink Sun Drops said...

That first photo makes me want to live there forever. And how cute are you and Hudson sitting on that camel! Love that you were singing My Humps the whole time and that you both were up for randomly stopping by there.

birdie to be said...

These pictures are amazing! You have a beautiful family!

Shea said...

That looks like such a fun zoo to visit! That baby tiger is too cute, and the camel ride will be such a great memory. I was cracking up that you were singing "My Humps".

Mariel Torres said...

Hey lovely, you should probably head over to my blog... there is a surprise waiting for you ;)

kisses!

rachel said...

we have to talk about your eyelashes. i am seriously obsessed with them. i put on 4 pairs of falsies and mine still do not look as fabulous as yours....you are a beauty <3 and the camel ride is killing me too! what fun!!! hudson is a lucky boy to have such a fun mama!!!

misc.alaina said...

Vacations are great, but it is so hard to pack up and head home no matter how long you have been gone! Great photos!! I enjoyed living vicariously through your vacation photos while being stuck in reality!

Haley K said...

how fun!! i love being spontaneous! how awesome you took advantage of the opportunity to see all of those gorgeous animals with your sweet boy :) the photos are gorgeous...and i love the one of you & hudson riding john henry ;)

Raven said...

I don't think I've ever said but I would DIE for your eyebrows. I have no idea why mine don't grow nicely but yours are GORGEOUS.

ok, moving on. Camel rides? Flippin awesome.

I love that the Zoo Keeper called him good ol John Henry. Was that his real name? Or did the Zoo Keeper just make that up?
You guys are SO my type of fam. DANGIT! What does hubs do for a job? I'm sure he can transfer over here to good ol WA state, no?

Raven said...

ps going to check out your guest post now.

Jeannie said...

I cannot believe you and Hudson rode John Henry!
I guess he is going to be adventurous like you and Will. Your pictures are awesome. Love the one of him in his sunglasses. He is getting to be such a big boy and still so sweet. You look so cute in that outfit.

Cara-Mia said...

Beautiful photos. It's hard to leave vacation-mode. :/

Btw I'm loving your re-design!

Courtney B said...

What a perfect way to end an amazing trip!! :)
I totally want to ride on a camel someday! Preferably in Egypt, but a zoo will do :)
I know I say this all the time.. but I love how your family does the funnest adventures!