Last week we headed up to Macon’s favorite (and only) National Monument to see the sun set and moon rise from atop the Temple Mound.
Here are some photos from the excursion with Trey pretending to be a Ninja Turtle. And as you can see, Trey hung the moon.
When we head down to Florida on vacation we love to swing by our old church home at Seminole First Baptist. It’s hard to believe we’ve been gone almost five years now. The church has grown a lot over the years but we always get a warm welcome and see lots of familiar and friendly faces.
Here’s a photo of Trey at their Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24, 2012.
This photo was taken at the visitor center of Fort Matanzas National Monument last month.
On our trip out West in 2010, Trey racked up quite a few “Junior Ranger” badges at National Parks and Monuments. The most recent ones we’ve visited are Congaree and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Whenever we plan a vacation, I scour our routes to see if there are any new NPS sites we can visit. This time we spotted Fort Matanzas along the way from Amelia Island to Legoland in Winter Haven and planned a stop.
When you hear the term “fort” you picture much grander things than what Matanzas has to offer. The place is really just a small 50×50 foot coquina outpost with two 30×10 foot rooms (baracks and office). The fort’s five canons were only ever fired once (at the British before the fort was even completed) and it was used for almost 80 more years without seeing any more action. Almost a century later the federal government began restoring the fort.
Today you can watch a short documentary at the visitor center and peruse its tiny (I mean TINY) gift shop as you wait for the NPS ferry to cross the inter-coastal waters to the island where the fort stands.
Trey enjoyed the boat ride and after a short talk by the ranger at the fort we got to explore and climb to the roof of the tower. Heidi was given the honor of taking down the flag (a 1740s era Spanish Empire Cross of Burgundy flag) since we were the last tour of the day.
I love having a phone with a decent camera – it makes it so easy to capture random moments with Trey. We’re often posting them on Facebook and Instagram, but here’s a collection of some recent ones.
Last year Trey rocked an awesome Tygra costume. In advance of this year’s costume-friendly holiday, Trey went through several different costume ideas: Ironman, Wolverine, X-man (what he calls Cyclops), … Notice the pattern?
In the end he settled on Luke Skywalker which was great because it was an outfit we could put together ourselves. We spent a total of $5 at Goodwill to get the lightsaber, the shirt, and the belt. Heidi did a little sewing magic on the shirt, I lent him ace bandages from my knee surgery, and tada! A young Jedi is born!