4 days of recovery
New Orleans has been on our minds since we started planning this trip. Both Gino and I were looking forward to discovering the music, food and architecture. Yet the cool thing of not having plans is that plans can change.
In our last night in Orlando around 9pm, we were planning our next stop – New Orleans. We were online and looking for a place to stay…which lead us to checking out what we could do there – walk around, museums, music, etc and the neighbourhoods looking into safety. It was a bit overwhelming and finally we decided we were just too tired to try to tackle New Orleans with 2 tired kids and a dog. I suggested “Lets just rent a little beach cottage and recover from all this “Disney” (and Andy’s flu-bug in the middle of it all!)”…. Gino agreed.
So by 10:30pm, I was sending out requests for little beach cabins along the gulf coast…and by 8am sunday morning, we had a positive response! Someone accepted our offer and we rented a little cottage in Orange Beach, Alabama.
This place is awesome! I had never heard of, nor thought of Alabama as a beach destination, but I definitely want to come back here someday. The people are super friendly – seriously – everyone you meet is just like you’ve been friends forever. It is a refreshing attitude to find. And RELAXED doesn’t begin to describe it. Dogs, boats, fishing and beaches everywhere.
The cottage we rented comes with: a surf board, a stand-up paddle board, a sea kayak, boogy board, fishing gear, crab net, beach chairs, coolers, 6 bikes, a kids-bunk-house, a sandy volleyball court and a golf cart!
We came here to relax, yet have kept busy fishing, swimming and playing on the boats. We’ve used the golf cart to go everywhere…super fun for all especially when we let the kids drive it.
Anyway, in my last post, I said yes Disney is worth it, but I’ll add in a last line — plan an extra week of recovery time. We left Disney with two kids we could hardly tolerate. When my kids are fatigued, that comes with attitude, fighting, huge tantrums (eh Dan/Sophie?), and frustration for all. It took 4 days of good nights, long naps and easy days to “find” our kids again. It seems like they are finally back. ;-)