This year (2018), I have taken 2 trips related to genealogy and 1 added weekend to a business trip as well. This latest trip was with my mom and dad, and piggy-backed on a conference they were attending in Naples, Florida. The ultimate goal was to go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where my french Guillory relatives landed when they left Canada. We found a map that showed Isla de Guillory on land there and decided to go see the island. The itinerary would look like this - I flew into Tampa on monday night, we all drive to Tallahassee on Tues, on to Dauphin Island on Weds, and then finally to New Orleans on Thursday, fly home on Friday.
Map of our Trip
Day 1 - Tampa - to- Tallahassee
We spent Monday night at my parents friends house in Tampa, which sat on a lake there.. beautiful place with a pool and alligators in the lake. But hey, it added character!
We took off driving to Tallahassee and ate lunch along the way in a tiny little town named Chiefland, Florida. There was a BBQ restaurant there named BBQ Bill's so we stopped to eat there. It was everything you would expect from a florida panhandle BBQ restaurant... very homey feel and everyone was polite. (So many ma'ams on this trip, it started to cause me to say it!) I basically ordered a large slab of meat..
|Weather was rainy every day!|
|Dad with his rib order|
|My meat only order... was really good just a lot of meat|
Day 2 - Tallahassee to Dauphin Island
On the road again!
|My dad putting gas in the Lincoln he rented.. mom is in the back seat.|
|Mom and Dad and Friends at lunch|
|Gulf Breeze Motel|
Day 3 - On the island and then on to New Orleans
We spent Thursday exploring the island, and visiting the local history center. What a fantastic place! Why didn't anyone tell me there were places like this with these beautiful beaches that were closer than Hawaii? And way cheaper.... We had dinner on Weds night and they were selling beer for $2 and wine for $4. The whole dinner for us was about $50 which is what I can expect to spend on dinner for myself here in San Francisco. Here are some pictures from the island.
|Beaches were white, soft sand with warm water and as you can see it was a slow time of the year.|
|Lighthouse Bakery was amazing!|
|St. Louis Cemetery #3 Bernadas Crypt|
|mom and dad|
Before we all left we had some time, we went to see St. Joseph's Cathedral, a place that we know our family supported because their name was on the plaque as an original family.
|Mom and Dad in front of the cathedral|
|All of us|
I will leave you with this video from the aquarium of a seahorse eating the little creatures in the water.
|Beautiful Butterfly in New Orleans|
|Sign outside the aquarium, yes it is raining|