Saturday, July 07, 2007

Family Vacation 2007

The Marion & Joan Smith family spent the first week of July together in Destin, Florida for a great family vacation. Those participating were; Marion, Joan, Buddy, Carol, Casey, Mandy, Chip, Stacey, Casey Joe and Weston. All of us (minus Mandy and the Grandboy’s) were last together in Destin for a vacation in 1997.

Dad and Mom's friends, Tom and Dean Sides, invited us to stay for a week in their wonderful Condo - Sides Moreno Point West. This exclusive 7 story luxury waterfront community features unlimited views of Choctawhatchee Bay, The Gulf of Mexico, East Pass & Crab Island and is a boater's paradise.

We began our trip south with a stop by Vincent, Alabama to visit Casey and Mandy in their beautiful new house. We all agreed on their good choice of house and neighborhood.

Our favorite seafood eating establishments were Dewey Destin Seafood located next to our Condo and Staff’s Restaurant of Ft. Walton Beach.

Our vacation week included the date of July 4 and we were blessed with our seventh-floor spectacular view of Destin’s fireworks display at the foot of their West Bridge. We estimate at least one thousand boats were gathered below us on Crab Island to experience the event.

The icing on the cake was our last day when our good friend Steve Ensley, President of American Family Online, picked us up at our Condo in his deck boat where we spent several hours of touring Destin’s Harbor, venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico along with swimming and relaxation on Crab Island.

Warning: There are more photos here that you can endure unless you are a family member.

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