The first place we stayed at was the Destin Army Recreational Area which is part of the Fort Benning Family and Moral, Recreation and Welfare Directorate. It is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay which is just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico.
The facility was top quality offering cabins, hotel rooms, and RV lots, along with other activities such as charter fishing. We were really impressed with its upkeep and security.
We have been planning on using military recreation facilities a lot more in our travels since they are usually much cheaper, but offer the same quality as private, higher priced resorts.
|Courtney, Avery, Ethan, Ian, & Tia posing by the pool at the Destin Army Recreational Area.|
|Pool at Destin Army Recreational Area.|
The splash park, which was just added in 2011, was top notch and very well maintained.
On another note, when we first started to explore the resort, while walking a gentleman standing in the door opening of his room shouted down asking if all of the kids were ours. We get that a lot. We answered yes, and after he made over them a bit, we went on down to the pool and splash park.
Next thing you know he walks up to me with his hand cupped so that I was the only one who could see what was in it and asked me to take the kids out for ice cream for a Thanksgiving treat, on him. When looking down at his hand, I was surprised to catch sight of a $50.00 bill.
I of course told him that was way too much, but he insisted that we take it and buy the kids a Thanksgiving treat for him.
So that evening we went to Longhorn Steakhouse, ate dinner and let the kids order whatever dessert they wanted off of the desert menu.
I thanked the gentleman when he first gave us the money, but did not have a chance to give him one of our cards so he could follow us on the blog. The next day I did not see him around any longer and it looked like his room was vacated. Whenever we think about that moment, we will always smile because of his kindness reflected upon our family.
So if you are reading this and are the gentleman who gave the family of eight the $50.00 for ice cream while they were at the Destin Army Recreation Area, THANK YOU!
|The splash park at the Destin Army Recreation Area.|
|Tia, Courtney, Avery, Ethan, Misty, Chloe, & Ian on the fishing pier.|
|Tia, Courtney, Avery, Ethan, Don, Chloe, & Ian on the fishing pier.|
There were plenty of people swimming in the water, which was not too awful cold, but we decided not to let the kids this evening since neither Misty or I had on bathing suites and did not want to risk having to go in after one of them.
|Chloe, Misty, Tia, Courtney, Ethan, Avery, & Ian having fun in the sun.|
|The sun getting close to set over the Gulf of Mexico.|
I try to pick something that we have done, which I think will be of the most interest to you. It is funny as some blogs I feel should be very interesting do not get a lot of traffic, while others I may have just thrown together to get something out, have some of the highest numbers of views. That is probably why I am not in the paper business or a journalist.
Until next time, God bless.
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