Day Three in Orange Beach brought on much of the same. Sun, sand, and relaxation.
Our condo looked out over the Gulf of Mexico. In the front of our condo complex were a series of bays and marinas were locals and businesses kept their fishing boats. Each morning, those marinas would empty into the Gulf for day-long fishing excursions. It was kind of fun to watch all these boats scatter into the Gulf each morning.
The swimming pool had become Charly and Hayes's favorite place to be so each visit to the beach was bookended by a visit to the pool. Kelli and I had to admit, it was kind of relaxing. Especially when returning from the beach. It gave us all and opportunity to clean the sand off us and cool down. In the morning however, Kelli and I just wanted to get to the beach while Charly and Hayes just wanted to swim!
Hayes was a little frustrated that we left the pool so Charly was alone in building sandcastles. But boy did she build sandcastles!
Hayes snapped out of it nicely though when Kelli and I offered to bury his feet! He and Charly thought this was hilarious.
We couldn't get over all the colors at work and the different shapes of the clouds at times. I swear every time we looked up, the sky looked different.
It is so much fun watching Charly and Hayes's friendship grow. They truly are best of friends. They drive each other crazy at times but would fight like crazy for each other any day. When you are isolated in a new place you are unfamiliar with, that friendship only strengthens. Not only did it make Kelli and I proud, but happy that we are able to provide them with these experiences. Charly has a rock solid photographic memory and remembers things even from our Michigan vacation very clearly. After watching Pixar's Inside Out, we hope some of their "core memories" are being stored away from these special locations.
Like Day Two, we spent more time than expected on the beach. We stopped at the pool for a quick dip before heading up to the condo for lunch. We snacked and took our time and then decided to forgo the beach and revisit the pool for a swim.
More from Day Three coming...