AFTER KATRINA BREAK
This was our first trip back to Navarre Beach since
the week before Hurricane Ivan. We were scheduled to go back the
week hurricane Dennis wiped the island out for the second time.
All of our trips this year have been canceled due to illness or
disasters, and Hurricane Katrina didn't do anything to help. To
find out what happened to us during Katrina, you can follow the Hurricane
Katrina Blog here.
The island itself is still recovering from
Dennis. It's quite shocking in some ways. Here's a shot for
instance of the beach house from this week. You can see that the
stairs are still torn away, and the new construction next door isn't
Here's the same shot from before Ivan.
The beach is very eroded, but it was actually worse
than this right after Dennis.
Katrina actually put sand back on the beach! This shot is looking
You can just see that a section of the pier is missing.
Looking west, you can actually see the high-rise
hotels in Pensacola, about 14 miles away.
Virginia with Virginia on the deck in the early
Virginia #2 hasn't managed to change out of my shirt that she was
I just love her wild hair in the morning.
Virginia on the beach.
Virginia napping with Madeline. She's going
to kill me for this one...
I was trying to have a nap, but I was ambushed.
Reading about whales.
Can you say, 'Crashed'?
This is a shot taken by tripod after I got back
from my Monday walk.
I noticed that the reflection in the window was almost a perfect mirror,
so I used it that way. All the treasure I collected on my
Sunday walk is spread out in front of me. I've got the best
tan I've ever had in my life.
Of course, if you're not paying attention, someone
will take an embarrassing shot of you...
We took a few cute pictures of the kids on Monday
afternoon. This one is pretty good.
Of course, she didn't always cooperate. She
was, for instance, distracted by her dress.
I think the caption for this one should be, "Oh! My
precious! You look so...
Of course, sometimes she just totally lost it...
When she wasn't distracted, though, she was pretty
Here is Madeline.
Compare that picture to this one of Virginia at the
same age. Same hat too...
Tommy and Virginia
There's a good one!
Virginia places a shell on the