Thursday, September 8, 2016

Family Vacation 2016 - Daytona Beach & Hurricane Hermine pt. 1

We pulled out of our driveway last Friday morning around 4:30 a.m. We thought by leaving this early we could get a head start before the kids were awake...WRONG! (Note: they didn't sleep ONE SECOND in the car during this trip) There were perfect angels though...we were on our way to Daytona Beach, FL. We planned to stop in Chattanooga, TN at the Tennessee Aquarium to stretch our legs and check another aquarium off our list. ;)


(thanks to the sunshine for Sis's closed eyes, LOL) 

We arrived in Chattanooga around noon. There is a small food court where we grabbed lunch before entering into the aquarium. (not the greatest in case you are planning to visit) It was separated into 2 different parts; Ocean Journey and River Journey. The river side was bigger...which was totally understandable since the aquarium is actually on the TN river. We also purchased the IMAX tickets and viewed National Parks Adventure. It was AMAZING!! I think that was one of our favorite parts of the day!


We finished the aquarium and planned to drive onto the south side of Atlanta, GA. We book a hotel along the way using Priceline. BEST EVER!!! It's so easy to use and so convenient! Since we were a little ahead of schedule we were able to make it to Macon, GA.

After a good nights sleep we packed up and hit the road again Saturday morning. We weren't in a huge rush because check-in was at 4 p.m. I tried getting an early check in but that wasn't an option for the 2 bedroom unit. ;( Wyatt and Sloane pretty much played on their ipads the entire drive. Thank goodness for rollover data and hot spots with AT&T!!! LOL!!!


We arrived in Daytona, FL mid-afternoon. We checked in and changed right into our swimsuits...thankfully we took advantage of a few hours on the beach that evening!





We were the only ones on the beach...it was amazing!! In the past we have traveled to Gulf Shores, AL. This year we changed it up a bit but the timing was the same. This was the first year it required us to take Wyatt out of school but it was totally fine. We are thankful to attend a school where they value family time and experiences as well as education.

Just for fun...because who doesn't like a good comparison?!?! 2014 and 2016...funny part is he is still wearing the same 3T swim trunks. ;) Even though he has grown several inches...
*insert laughing emoji face HERE* 

The next morning we were up pretty early. We packed up and headed to the beach. We didn't get to be there long before the rain came. ;( We played in the sand and used the body board again! I am pretty sure Wyatt and Sloane could spend ALL. DAY.  LONG on a beach....unless it starts to rain....



A little after lunch the rain started so we prepared lunch in the condo. The rain stopped and we decided to take advantage of having the pool to ourselves. There was hammocks, basketball, cornhole, and even shuffle board at the pool. It was fun to have other options to play outside instead of just the pool.



Pt. 2 tomorrow ;)

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