Destin Vaca: Day Four- Two Stop Boat Ride in the Jetties

After making a delicious breakfast in the condo of eggs, bacon and pancakes for the family, we all relaxed on the balcony and watched the kiddos play.  Dan bought Parker some Snap-its that pop on the ground, so they had fun popping them all over the patio while I finished up my coffee, and Mason ran around handing Dan and I the remnants.

We decided to head back to Harbor Walk after breakfast for an afternoon boat ride.  They had a three hour tour that included a ride to an area for shelling where they had hundreds of hermit crabs everywhere.  It was so fun to scoop them up and let Parker see them, and search for shells.  We found an entire colony on the shoreline and it was amazing to see all the different shells that they live in.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures since we were actively in the water when we encountered all the beautiful shells, but we have one picture of the area we were in.  It doesn’t look very pretty with the green mirky waters, but I promise you it was a jewel!

After hunting for sea shells and visiting the hermit crabs, we headed towards the Jetties where we were able to see lots of dolphins along the way. Once we got to Crab Island, there were snorkels and kayaks on the beach for use.  The boys had a great time playing in the water and on the beach.  Dan took Parker for a little kayak ride and then I took a turn after him.  It was a nice relaxing time.  Dan’s parents decided to relax on the boat and enjoy the amazing views from there.  The water was perfect and the weather couldn’t have been better.  We all had a wonderful time.

The kiddos were pooped on the boat ride back.  Parker started to fall asleep, but managed to say he wasn’t tired, and Mason somehow wiggled too much to allow for snooze time as well.  It ended up working out though, because we decided to put them to bed early, and let the grandparents get dinner early.  That way they could stay with the boys as they slept while Dan and I had a date night.  It something we try to arrange while we’re on vacation so we can enjoy some one on one time.  Dan was able to exchange some Hilton points for a Ruth Chris Steak House gift certificate, so we enjoyed a nice elegant dinner at this upscale restaurant.  It was nice to get dressed up, and go to a place where we couldn’t bring the kiddos for a night to treat our self.  We ended it with a nice walk on the boardwalk, chatting about the endless possibilities for our next spring vacation, and It was a nice relaxing end to the day.

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