Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ft. Walton Beach Vacation, Day 5

July 9th, 2009


This morning over coffee, I got to see some lifeguard trainees.  All girls.  Yay!

Southern Star Dolphin Cruise today from 9AM – 11AM in Destin!  Destin is only 8 miles east of Ft. Walton Beach.  We parked in the public parking of the Emerald Grand and located the Southern Star’s stand along the harbor wall.

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The dolphin cruise was awesome!  Saw quite a few dolphins and a spotted eagle ray – I think I saw a shark, but I missed the sea turtle (wrong side of the boat).  The glass bottom feature of the cruise was a bit overrated, even when you see fish, you can’t see colors, etc.  Usually the boat is moving too fast to see anything through the small port holes.

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Unfortunately, both kids got sea sick.  Boo.  They didn’t throw up though, and didn’t really fuss much.  Very proud of what troopers they were considering it was a somewhat difficult situation.

We ate at Pat O'Brien's (Destin) – had crawfish tacos, muffalata sandwich and the best caesar salad ever!  I think it was the freshly grated parmesan cheese that made it pop.  The kids, of course, had chicken fingers.

We spend the afternoon on the beach, but pick up supplied for a movie and real popcorn (Rico’s Popcorn) for bedtime. 

Kids decided they wanted tattoos to remind them of the trip, so we walked down to Fudpuckers to get inked!  Hannah got a bear with hearts and Josh got a tank.  Sally’s tattoo washed off in the sudden downpour we got caught in while there.  This was the first real rain we’ve had since arriving at Ft. Walton Beach.  We wait it out under a patio umbrella until its light enough to walk back.

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This is our last night here.