So, my vacation is usually during the summer. It’s hot, but I love hot weather. For the past 3 years we have made a trip out of going to Gulf Shores, Alabama for about 4 days and then spending the final couple of days in New Orleans, Louisiana. I love New Orleans even though it is most definitely not a kid friendly city. My daughters have spent way more time on Bourbon street then I care to admit. As a photographer, NOLA is a dream for me. I love the old buildings and textures. If you leave town, you will run into a great array of trees and moss.
This year we mixed it up a bit. We decided to go during fall break because numerous people have told me it is the best time to vacation because it is less crowded and the heat it tolerable. They were right. It was still warm on the beach but not baking. The only issue I had was that the water was a little colder than summer. In addition to going at a different time of year, we decided to flip flop our vacation around. Instead of going to Gulf Shores and then heading over to NOLA, we did it reverse. I liked the idea of a shorter drive back home.
So my wife booked the hotel right in the heart of Bourbon Street at the 4 points Sheraton. It was a nice hotel with a pool and access to the party on Bourbon Street. My only issue with our hotel was the driving around part. The red light district has so many one way streets, you really have to plan your way in order to get to where you want. I was laughing because at one point I was driving down the world famous Bourbon Street with our roof rack loaded with luggage like the Griswolds. Here is a picture from the driver’s seat of us cruising down Bourbon street. You can drive it during the day because it doesn’t get blocked off until night.
We also had dinner at a haunted restaurant that has been featured on many of those TV ghost hunting shows. I can’t say I felt a ghost, but it was creepy in there. They let us walk the building and go upstairs and see the haunted areas.
The girls were scared shitless of the building. They kept asking to leave and putting their heads down and you can see Bailey plugging her ears. “Lalalalalalalalala!”
The drive to Gulf Shores was kind of crappy on this go around. There is a ferry you can take over the Gulf and into Mississippi that will save you a ton of time and energy when you go from NOLA to Gulf Shores. It leaves every hour or two, you park your car on it and it takes you across. You just sit in your car and it will get you across the water, you pass by all the oil rigs and we even saw dolphins last time. Sadly when we got there, they were closed because the ferry was out of service. This detour costs us couple of hours but eventually we made it to the Gulf.
My friend Ben’s Mother in Law recently bought a townhouse in Gulf Shores at the Emerald greens. Last year I helped Ben load a uhaul and move all the furniture needed into the townhouse. As a reward they gave me a free week stay. It was awesome because the complex is built in the middle of a golf course. I had all the free golf I could stand. Also you can’t beat free lodging. We usually spend so much money on hotels. For example, 3 years ago when we came and stayed at Gulf Shores, we rented a beach house for a week. This cost us about $1500.00 for only a week. Ouch! They let us stay this year for only $140.00.
Mainly we go to the beach while there and eat lots of food. During our stay the annual Shrimpfest was going on. To be honest the festival was pretty lame. It felt like a Thursday night market or something. But all in all we had a blast.