If you ride in the back of a pickup truck from Laurel,MS to Gulf Shores, AL covered by a tarp, with fishing poles and camper sewer hoses resting at your feet. Guess what! I guess that'd be me. Tuesday night my family hitched up our camper and headed for the beach. We invited a friend for Will and therefore only had room in the front of the truck for 3 people with seat belts. Good old mom got to go in the back. I was actually planning on just riding in the camper until we found out that it is highly illegal. Instead option number two had to be put into play. It sounds really bad but actually other than a few bugs in my teeth and muscle cramps from having to hold the tarp on top of me, it really wasn't so bad. At first it was scorching hot so the cool air felt really good. After about an hour, I began to freeze. I stopped and got batteries for my MP3 player so once I nestled under my tarp, I was absolutely fine. I sang my heart out to everything from Travis Tritt to Elton John (quite a vast difference huh?). My audience was the birds and the pavement and neither seemed to mind that I was a little off tune. I used my time to not only play McGyver by using my shoe laces to secure my tarp, but also to talk to God and just plain reflect on life. All in all, I would have to say I kind of enjoyed my windy ride. Once I laid down, no one other than truckers even knew I was there. I am sure they were wondering about the body they say partially covered by a blue plastic tarp though. Anyway, once we arrived and got all set up the rest was easy. We just had to go and have a good old time. That was no problem! The weather was absolutely gorgeous. We found so many shells and even some crabs. I caught a huge one just off the shore. Slade's dad came and picked him up on Friday morning so I got to ride in the front on the way back.
We stayed and stayed on the beach. We also shopped alot. I discovered Old Time Pottery and would like to be buried there when I die. I have been looking for some decorative rocks to go around my fish pond and ran across a little place called Fran's that had the most beautiful koi and gold fish pond. They sold the rocks I was looking for at 12 cents per pound. I bought $28 dollars worth and had a pile.
Here are a few more pics. I used a new camera on some of these and they have a crazy date. I also tried some black and white and sepia. We had a blast and I was not ready to come home. I didn't wear makeup the entire time and wore a ball cap and a pony tail.
Today I am thankful for time away with my guys. Thank you Lord for good family memories being made.