Dauphin Island is a small island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, about 40 minutes south of Mobile. In middle school, going to Dauphin Island was our big 7th grade trip. We had to go to classes, research & study (memorize) info related to a specific topic, then write an essay from memory. It was tough because it was a big trip for middle schoolers. I was so happy to make the cut & travel with the class 6 hours south to spend a week studying & doing experiments at the Sea Lab & Estuarium.
Now we live in Mobile, about 30 miles from the island, & haven't been back! Taylor's class had a 5th grade trip to the lab & estuarium last year, but in the 2 & a half years of living down here, our family has not gone over...crazy!!
Tim & I talked about it & he was itching to get over as soon as he got a work break. So, last Monday, after all of the kids were at school, we (along with our daughter) jumped in the car & drove over to check out the island. We're used to going to the beach in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, which takes over an hour from our house. This was a much shorter & much easier drive. We drove from one end of the island to the other, checked out the 3 main beaches, saw Fort Gaines & the ferry, scanned the school, businesses, & homes (for future purposes maybe...), & sat outside & had lunch. It was such a fun little excursion!
During the weekend, we packed up our beach stuff, snacks, & the kids & headed back to Dauphin Island...we spent the day enjoying the beach on our newly rediscovered little island!