Tales of an Empty Nester’s Beach Vacation
Thousands of families make an annual summer trek to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for that coveted sand-and-surf vacation.
Most are much like we were for years with a Suburban packed to the hilt with suitcases, noodles, pails and shovels, nets, beach towels, groceries and, if there was any room left over, grandma. And, while those memories are amazing, I have a secret to share. When the kids all fly the coop, you are free to move about the country as you wish!
Just two empty-nesters headed to the land of glory, I’ll never forget the first time we threw a couple of suitcases in the trunk of a sedan and headed south to paradise. No calling ahead to see if there was a kiddie pool or checking to see what was on the kid’s menu at restaurants we were looking forward to, just two gypsy bandits headed down the highway in search of things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach without kids in tow.
Following that first taste of newfound freedom, we vowed to become experts at unplanned, spur-of-the-moment beach trips to Alabama’s gorgeous coastal communities.