We just returned from our trip to Sanibel Island, Florida! I have to say this was one of the most relaxing and fun family vacations I have had the pleasure to enjoy! With two infants in tow I wasn't certian that it would be anywhere near relxing.
The drive there and back was to say the least...long!! The babies did very well considering the amount if time spent in the vehicle. The first day we were on the road for 16 hours and the next ten. We found it neccessary to make more frequent stops and about three hours from home they decided they had enough of the ride and just wanted to be home!! We decided a stop at Mammoth Spring was a great idea. It was a beautiful spot! Needless to say the view of the house was a very welcome sight!!! My advice to anyone traveling with infants: make the most of nap time and drive (make sure you have a full tank of gas becuase everytime we stopped the babies woke up!), bring lots of books to read and sing lots of songs!! Also, a few silly faces here and there help to make them laugh!! We played lots of peek-a-boo and pretended to sneeze and surprise each other to entertain the babies!!
All in all it was a wonderful trip. We used 100 SPF sunscreen applied every hour and a half and the babies didn't get even a tan! We also kept them in the room from noon until two.
The hardest part was keeping them on their schedule. We tried to keep bedtime within thrity minutes of normal time. It did help that Florida was an hour later than Missouri so we were able to stay out and see the sunset (around 8:00 Florida time) and still get them to bed close to 7:30 Missouri time.
If you ever go to Sanibel you MUST ride bikes!! Best time ever!! We rode four hours and I wish we had rented bikes for the week. The island is easy to get around and there are 25 miles of bike trails. It would have been fun to explore the Island each day for a few hours via bike.
We spent countless hours sifting through the mounds of sea shells on the beach. I can't wait to return with the babies and watch them enjoy the beach as much as our teens did!