Our first official family vacation was spent on Dauphin Island, AL, in the Gulf of Mexico. We rented a beach house for a few days and had some fun!
On our first day on the island, we took a long walk through a bird sanctuary,
and then we visited historic Fort Gaines, where we got to watch a blacksmith in action, explore every nook and cranny, and watch a period actor demonstrate the firing of a rifle and a cannon.
Then we spent the afternoon at the beach playing in the sand, flying a kite, swimming, and hunting for shells.