|Sunrise from the beach cottage|
We drove down, checked in, and decided to rustle up some dinner. We noticed online that Bill's by the Beach was close. None of us had ever been, so we drove over to check it out. Smart move, ladies! This turned out to be a good choice! We ordered a few drinks (and the bacon and crab cheesecake - OMG), then entrees. We were there on a Thursday night in the off season, so the place wasn't crowded. We were able to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal. Then, we went back to the beach cottage and talked until late in the night, as girlfriends tend to do on trips like this.
(Incidentally, I have known these ladies for more than 13 years. It amazes me how long we've been friends. We still meet once a month for dinner. In many, many ways, the bedrock of my happiness is built on the relationships I have with friends like these. Treasure.)
|Zip lining was so much FUN!!|
There's a lot of step-climbing involved, so bring your quads! Also, the course operators take photos of you while you're zip lining, and you can purchase them afterwards. I loved this! The moment my son is heavy enough to do it, I'm taking him down there!! The Gulf Adventure Center offers other activities, too, like kayaking and paddle boarding. It's located at the edge of Gulf State Park, and I bet bird watching is amazing out there, too. The views from the zip lining towers were beautiful.
|Dessert at Voyagers|
We still had a bit of life left in us after dinner, so we stopped by the FloraBama for some music (and some lottery tickets - the jackpot was humongous). If you've never been to the FloraBama, it looks like a complete dive from the street. (Aaaand maybe from inside, too . . . ) It's a Gulf Shores institution, though, a beachfront bar/restaurant where many a woman has peeled off her bra to hang it from one of the clotheslines suspended from the ceiling. (Not me, though. Lord, I DO have SOME dignity.) They had a couple of good bands playing, so we danced
|We danced to live music at the FloraBama|
After getting our ya-yas out, we tumbled gratefully into bed. The next morning, we breakfasted and then headed home.
The older I get, the more grateful I am for those friends who know all of my faults and love me anyway. I couldn't have come up with a better way to celebrate another trip around the sun!