The cottage we stayed in was literally right across the street from the beach. It was so cool to be able to look out our front windows and see the waves on the gulf. This is my Jeep parked at the cottage we stayed in and behind it you can see Cortez beach and the Gulf of Mexico.
Of course there were lots of sea birds at the beach. I especially like this pic of the seagulls with the water behind them. It was a rather blustery day so they had their heads hidden away. I got to see pelicans diving for fish too.
I went for a short walk the one evening and saw this guy perching on a post. I love pelicans!
The waves were beautiful all week. We had a lot of wind so the waves were pretty big for the gulf. Our last day there I even saw some surfers out trying to catch a wave.
Ava loved the water, except when a big wave came in and surprised her.
She also loved sitting and playing in the wet sand. Unfortunately every time we looked away for a second she tried to eat it too! lol
We had beautiful sunsets every night.
This was our last morning right before we left to head back home It's the only picture we got of me and Ava together. It's definitely one of my favorites.
And this is the only picture we managed to get of the three of us together....our shadows on the pier.
Coming home we had a lot of stop and start traffic to deal with. The first day was supposed to be a 7 hour drive and it turned into 10-1/2 hours. Same with the second day. Thankfully the last day traffic wasn't an issue and we got home right on time as planned. One of the traffic slowdowns on day two was due to these hot air balloons tethered beside the highway.
I have to say I was a bit concerned about travelling so far with a seven month old baby, but all in all it went really well. We did have some minor issues with Ava but even those were worth it when we got to spend a week at the beach. Now we can start planning for next time! :0)