I'll start off with the condition of the beaches because that has been the big question. We arrived Thursday. Thursday and Friday the water and beaches were beautiful! Here is a photo from Thursday: It looked very normal.
Sometime in the night Friday night the winds changed direction and started sending the oil directly our way. This is what we saw on Saturday and Sunday: with every wave that crashed onto shore it was nasty, dirty, water. The ocean looked orange.
Sometime in the night Sunday the winds changed direction again and no longer saw any oil or any traces of it. CRAZY! Monday-Wednesday we saw sparkling blue water and pristine white beaches once again. They even raised the yellow flags and gave the public the green light to get in the ocean again.
Nothing but sea shells here.
Some things we saw a lot of on Saturday and Sunday when the beaches were at their worst were these:
(clean up crews reportedly being paid $14/hr by BP)
My other concern was how Hudson would like the beach this year. Last year he really hated it. This year, he's a big fan! He loved the sand and was intrigued by the ocean. The first half of the trip my sister and her family were down. The day they left, Lantis' family arrived. So not only were we able to get away, but we were able to have some family time as well. Here are a few more pics of us enjoying our trip with my sis and her family:
Bailey, Grayson and Hudson in the pool
Of course we had a picture night. Who's shocked? Didn't think so...
Hudson and me with news reporter hair...which brings to another topic: what the beach weather does to my hair. OMG! Scary!
The classic beach family portrait. What's a beach trip without the family sitting in sand dunes like its a completely natural thing to do.
On Sunday Angie and her family and left and Lantis' family arrived.
Hudson showing Bebe the ocean upon their arrival.
Later that night we went to The Wharf. Home of the largest ferris wheel in the world. I don't know that to be a fact, but its the biggest one I've ever seen, so that makes it official, right?
We rode the ferris wheel at sunset. Pretty.
I took a pic of a moving object at night. Quite an accomplishment for those of you who don't know!
The big trees I like so much.
This picture cracks me up! If you don't find it funny then you need to stop reading right now. Kidding. Poppy was taking a pic of us posing for Bebe's pic. Hudson's FACE!!! He's captivated by this ride we're on. Ha!
I think I would like a giant palm tree in my yard...to remind me that I'm unfortunately not at the beach every day. Jokes aside I love the trees at the Wharf!
Ironically we went to the Hangout where they freely throw up the hang 10 sign which Hudson loves to do. Had to get a pic of him by the hand throwin' up his sign. Look closely or click on the pic to enlarge. There's a little Hud sized hang 10 in there.
...and just us by the hand.
Hudson LOVED the Hangout! This place is genius. You can let your child run loose like a maniac and watch them play in the sand and tunnels and foam. We were there when the live music cranked up and they passed out 25 cent margaritas for the parents. We all had a good time!
Hudson watching the band. He was dripping in sweat because prior to this photo he had been cutting a rug in front of the stage.
Playing in the sand and tunnel. I imagine he's saying "I'm gonna watch what this big kid does and copy it."