Today is my last day of work for a week! We are headed to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores! Mikey T's basketball tournament is there and we are headed down with Hoppy, MeMe and maybe Ma-Ma. We are staying away from all the tournament action so that we make this a vacation with basketball, not basketball with a little vacation.
We are staying at one of my favorite places on the planet, The Beach Club. So, you can imagine I have been obsessed with the oil spill since it happened and how it would change my plans. I have watched, researched and bugged my "Aubie's scientists" until they are ready to dump me in the oil! And after all that, I have come to the conclusion that our trip is not a complete loss (although we will not be floating in the surf--thanks Biology Department for the head's up!) and we are headed down as soon as I pack up!!
Don't get me wrong, I am devastated by the spill. My most favorite childhood memories are on the Gulf. It is where I played in the surf with my cousins from sun up to sun down. It is where my brothers and I made drip sandcastles EVERY time we went. I only have a few good memories of my father and most of them are at the beach. It is where my cousin Ashley, my brothers and I realized a strange genetic trait about our feet ;-) It is where I realized my fear of bridges extends to piers. It was where I went on my first roller coaster ride and where my 8th grade crush broke my heart on our gym assistant's trip. My UMYF youth group would go every summer and I would come back with new friends and a deeper faith. In 1993, my mom took Michael, Danny and Me to the beach and allowed us to each take a friend. I took my boyfriend. Danny took his girlfriend (she is now my sister in law). Twelve years later to the month, I married that boyfriend on the white sugar-sand beaches of Fort Morgan.
The beach is like my second home. I have gone every year as long as I can remember. I love everything about the ocean. I have been to other beaches around the world, and the pristine beaches of Northern Florida and the South Alabama are my favorite.
Gulf Shores, here we come!!! Go Raptors!