I hinted last week that I’d come with lots of fun pics from our trip to Alabama, and I stuck to my word. Please forgive me for making this a long post, sometimes it’s hard to restrain myself.
Lake Martin in Alabama is one of our favorite annual trips – there is so much to do, to see, to drink, and to laugh about together as a family. When you marry someone, you marry their family, and I’m so fortunate that I found a group of people who are so incredibly fun-loving and warm-spirited.
It’s trains, planes and automobiles to get to Alabama every year….
….but to fend of the relentless “are we there yet” questions, I just remind the kids that their favorite long-haired cats are waiting for them.
For them, Alabama is about cat love. For me, it’s everything else…
…including getting to nuzzle with my little niece who I only get to see a few times per year.
(and just to clarify, that yoga move back there? I can’t get within 6 inches of touching my toes, that’s my inspiring sister-in-law who managed to pull off a head stand on the board when I wasn’t looking…)
Aside from the cats, the jet skis are a big draw. They’re a novelty for us, and the kids (naturally) get to drive…
But the main event is the wakesurfing. It’s a family tradition, even more so than when we’re at home on Greenwood Lake.
Our extended family started their kids early, and we spend a few hours each day doing this kind of thing…
I’m getting used to the water sports thing, but I’m still not as skilled as the under-10 set.
Sometimes we don’t make the best decisions. Margs on the dock….
…can lead to this kind of behavior which is all fun and games until you end up in the lake, fully-clothed, looking for your glass of wine, shamefully admitting defeat.
At least there were several other volunteers for clothing-on wakesurfing, which I suppose is better than clothing-off, which probably happens somewhere in a parallel universe. We’re not ready to go there yet but with this crew, it’s always a possibility.
Lake Martin is such an immense body of water that you spend a lot of time on the boat driving from one location to the next. One place we visit is the cousins of my in-laws who host us for an annual volleyball game / white wine drink-a-thon.
There, gauntlets are thrown, games are won and lost, and we vow to take our opponents down the following year. Heading back to our home base is always sweet; there’s time to lick our wounds, nurse sore muscles and and enjoy some of Lake Martin’s stellar sunsets.
This one particularly enjoys the ride home…
This year we visited a place called goat island where swung off a rope swing, docked the boat, and had a fun afternoon of quiet beach time…
….until the volleyball crew showed up with their signature case of white wine.
One talent show later, and a last supper of surf & turf, it was time to hit the sack, wake up early, and start the long journey home.
Until next year Alabama, you’ll be missed….
Great photos – glad you enjoyed your trip – looks like the skies really are “so blue” there! 🙂
I am so jealous! I want to do this too! Amazing trip and thank you for sharing your awesome photos always =) #ww
What a fun set of photos looked like everyone had a great time..oh and that lovely blue sky 😉
Have a excitingtastic week 😉
Love the photos, especially the ones with the kids. I miss family living out in South Africa. My husband is an only child and his parents are the family that we see. Still trying to sell our house and move to the States. Hoping to get there in December.
Nice shots! Thank you for hosting.
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Now that is a boatman’s holiday!!! Fabadoo. YAM xx
Fun shots! Looks like a crazy, but relaxing time was had by all.
Now that looks fun!
Fabulous pictures!! I LOVE the lake!
Lovely pictures! I live two hours from Lake Martin, and it is a favorite destination for many of our friends! Alabama has some of the funnest lakes on the planet! Glad you had a safe trip!
Wow, what a wonderful time out at the water, fantastic photos.
Wow, great photos… and it looks like an amazing vacation!!!!
Love the photos! The view is spectacular. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. 🙂
Great pictures of a wonderful visit! I love Bama too!
I can’t do any kind of surfing so I’m thoroughly impressed. Thanks for sharing some really awesome photos! I have many favourites, the one of the kids jumping into the lake is just one of them.
Awe, great photos, I’ve always wanted to go there!!
Love these! I am totally in love with the moment, the lighting and everything about the secodn to last photo.
Absolutely LOVED the pics! Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful photos! I love the one of the kids jumping off the dock!
Beautiful photos. Looks like everyone (cats included!) had a wonderful time.
my favorite is the capture of the kids jumping in the lake.
Your family sure knows how to have fun! 😀
Sounds like it was a fun vacation for kids and adults alike! I love all of your pictures!
Lovely pic. Looks like a great vacation.
what a wonderful getaway!! I tried jet-skiing for the first time a few weeks back and it was soooo fun!
These photos make me pine for summer! Looks like so much fun was had by your family!
Nice shots. Looks like a fun trip.
What a delightful holiday!! Happy WW!!
Love the pics! Looks like tons of fun!
Looks like it was a blast! What a great family holiday!
Wow, this looks like an awesome trip, I can tell you all had a great time.
I really enjoy your family trips. 🙂 You really capture the essence of the special times. 🙂
Your pics are beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Great shots! Love them ALL!
What a fun trip! I like the photo of the kiddos jumping. Your niece is so cute! It’s good you got a chance to visit.
Thanks for linking up on MeHimAndTheCats.com this week! Your trip looked like so much fun! What a beautiful place to visit!
I love these photos & thanks for hosting!
Wishing you a happy WW 🙂
Gosh that looks like such a fun time. I’ve never been to Alabama.
What amazing photos. That looks and sounds like the most wonderful vacation. I love family trips that are all about fun and spending time together.
Great view out the plane over the city
What a fabulous place to go for a vacation, you have shared wonderful photos!!! Come share your link with my readers!!! have a great day!
seems you all had a good time!very nice photos with lot of adventures!
lovely photos. the one of them jumping off the dock is perfection.
and cool move on the board.
Looks like an amazing trip!
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Very nice pictures. Alabama is a great place to visit and live. I love driving down.
great moments you have there…lovely photos indeed…I can’t wait to have my summer blast, I hope it won’t be too late…
It’s about time soenmoe wrote about this.