a long, long time ago in a faraway land, a diminutive pack of 2 intrepid adults and 3 wide-eyed children set off for a journey toward our destinies. [cue the epic danny elfman music]
ok, so it was a trip to florida…last week.
alright, maybe it wasn’t exactly the march to mount doom in the lord of the rings, but trust me, hauling 3 children 3-years old and below on an 11 hour car ride to florida is a decent little adventure. in the end, we traveled just over 1,800 miles (little rock to panama city beach | pcb -> new orleans | new orleans -> shreveport | shreveport -> the rock), with the trip on the way down beginning at 8:45 p.m. and concluding at 8:45 a.m. it also included a last-minute audible that landed us in new orleans for an overnight stay. that’s plenty of epic-ness for our little crew.
from start to finish, we genuinely had a blast. the beach was amazing, the weather was nearly perfect and lucy, olive and max were (generally) well-behaved and soaked up the whole trip. i’m deeply thankful that we had a great first family vacation. admittedly, i was a little apprehensive about hauling 3 children that young on a trip like that, but ultimately, it was much more than i could have hoped for.
one of the things i made a decision about early on was that i was going to take plenty of pictures. yes, memories are great, but there’s something about having those physical, touchable memories that is necessary on a trip like this.
this may sound nerdy or goofy, but i mean this completely honestly: this is a trip made for an iphone 4. no doubt, we brought our big daddy slr, but i literally shot over 500 pictures on my iphone. it’s handy, unobtrusive and outputs relatively high resolution, printable photos. also, as you’ll see below, you basically get the effects of several different cameras via various apps. yes, hipstamatic has become a bit of a joke and can be grossly overused, but when it’s used in the right circumstances, there are fewer more beautiful and useful apps.
as long-time readers (and, um, readers of the last 6 paragraphs) know, i get a little, um, wordy, so i’m going to try something new. less words. more photos. how about that? i’m going to try to let the photos do most of the speaking. i might add a little commentary where it could be useful, but i hope to let the photos tell the story.
for most of the photos, if you’d like to see them larger, just click on the photo and a larger version will open in a new window.