Because I don’t have school on Fridays, Labor Day provided me with a lovely four-day weekend. Homework precluded me from lounging around all weekend, but I slacked a bit more than I normally would. This resulted in some great family time, which was really refreshing. And, to make it especially special, we spent Labor Day itself venturing down to Alligator Point Beach—the first beach we’ve visited since moving to Florida. (We’re swoh bokes, what can I say?)
Alligator Point Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just over an hour’s drive south of our apartment. We had no particular reason for choosing this beach—Melanie learned of it while researching another beach online—but we liked that it was slightly closer than other beaches which had been recommended to us, and we liked that Alligator Point was touted as being “secluded,” “beautiful,” and “uncrowded.” I don’t know that it was particularly beautiful—sand and water are a naturally pretty combination, but this didn’t seem special in any way (in fact, the water seemed quite brown)—but it was a surprisingly unpopulated beach, which was nice. Aside from us, there were only four or five other groups there. This may have been due, in part, to the weather. It was a largely overcast day, and we hit some rainy patches on our drive to the beach. But the beach itself was nice, despite the clouds. It was dripping here and there, but nothing that would deter you from hanging out. Personally, I was happy it wasn’t too sunny. By the time we left the beach, the rain was picking up, but we’d had about enough by that point anyway. (It didn’t help that there were no public restrooms around.) All in all, I’d say it went just about perfectly.
Here are some pics. Enjoy!
Edison loved pretending that each and every wave that came crashing in was, in fact, a shark. The following three photos demonstrate this. I assure you that Edison is laughing and squealing with delight in each of these. He's not crying!
Taking a rest after playing in the water:
See you later, Alligator Point Beach!