We have decided to go on a trip to Florida last February, a sort of a "last hurrah" before we buy a new house.
Part of a reason for the trip was to give our oldest son an opportunity to drive as he has a learner's permit now.
As per usual, we leave in the evening after dinner and drive through the night. Makes for a quiet driving experience
After 12 hours of driving, we arrived in Atlanta, GA at Stone Mtn Park.
We took a sky lift to get on top
I really recommend this landmark. It is really unique and interesting. There is even a carving on a side of it.
After hiking down a slow downgrade and spending some time in Atlanta, we drove again through the night to Miami.
We went straight to the beach after breakfast.
The kids loved the warm weather. It was hot enough to swim!
After the beach we headed to our hotel. We slept at a nice Homewood suites with enough space for us. We did bring blow up mattresses to fit all of us in. i know it's a "no-no" but... we can't really afford two suites!
Girls on the mattresses
The next day we took and airboat ride on the Everglades to see some alligators. It was so much fun and it was educational too. our tour guide took us to an island and talked about Indian traditions.
The next thing we did, was a coral reef viewing in Key Largo. It was spur of the moment , but it was amazing. Again, there was a marine biologist explaining to us what we saw.
After that, we thought we were close to Key West so we let DS drive there.
It was a loooong drive, but it was worth it. A fun city! We had dinner there.
On our second part of the trip we went to Orlando.
We also FINALLY went to Disney as a family. I thought it was going to be all hype, but it was actually spectacular!
I will spare you the pics from visiting with friends and such. On our way back, we stopped in St. Augustine. We love this city so much! We toured Castillo de San Marcos
and walked down the main street
After a dinner, we piled back to the van and began our 17 hour hike back up North... we had many stops, but we made it safely home switching driving with all 3 of us.
Thanks for looking, sorry for the multitude of pics! We had 300 of them!