Nolen Family Vacation 2017: Day 10

Monday, April 24th

Honeymoon Island

We ate a quick breakfast at the golf course and then made our way to Honeymoon Island. Despite a good start, we still didn’t arrive until quarter to 4. We drove to the North lot at the furthest point of the island. It wasn’t crowded at all.

We’d already arranged to meet Chelsea and Nate. They beat us there and were ready to hit the beach when we arrived.

The wind was pretty strong here, too. We had to shout to be heard. The guys swam and we girls walked the beach looking for shells. Honeymoon Island is a great place to find shells. They were everywhere!

While walking, I bent over to grab a shell and my phone slipped right out of my pocket and into the ocean. It floated and I grabbed it right away, but I was still really bummed.

We headed back toward the guys but couldn’t find them. Tim was wandering around taking pictures. Nate was finally located on one of the benches. He said something about Ben and Luke up at the showers. We hadn’t been there very long at all so I was surprised Ben was getting ready to go already.

When Ben and Luke came back Ben told me that Luke had been swept into the rocks. Ben had freaked out and went after him. Nate went in, too. The rocks are covered with barnacles which cut them all up. Funnily enough, Luke was able to get right onto the rocks and only had minor scratches, but Nate had a large gash on his hand and Ben was cut badly all over both feet and hands. He was just done after that and I couldn’t blame him.

We managed to get our yearly “feet on the beach” photo, but Ben wasn’t about to take his socks and shoes off and expose his poor feet to the sand again.

One of these things is not like the other…

The wind had worn us all out so we decided to head back to the mainland and grab dinner. We ate a filling dinner at Frenchy’s Outpost and then headed to the Airbnb.

We’d planned ahead and rented a 4-bedroom house. Even though we weren’t in FL for Disney, the boys still got a kick out of the Disney-themed bedroom they shared.

Although, Karen’s bed was badly broken so that first night she had to sleep in Gabe’s bed and he slept on the couch. He wasn’t happy to say the least.

We hit a Trader Joe’s on the way out so that we could stock up on snacks and breakfast items. It was the largest, fanciest Trader Joe’s I’ve ever seen! I geeked out a little.

Once at the house, we stayed up a bit late just visiting and catching up. I knew Chels and Nate wouldn’t be up to MO again until Labor Day weekend so I wanted to get in as much time as possible.

We’d had a nice day and I was really impressed with Honeymoon Island. I had a hard time deciding between that and Caladesi State Park, a neighboring island. I usually plan everything out way ahead of time,but this decision I didn’t make until the day of.

Ben and Nate bandaged themselves up and I put my phone into a bed of rice and then we all called it a night. Universal Studios was our next adventure and we were so excited!

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