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!