Here is a recap of our spring break vacation to Alabama. We explored the Mobile area for a few days and then stayed a week in a beachfront condo near Gulf Shores.On Sunday, we returned from a 12-day spring break trip. We wanted to go to a place with warmer weather and a beach, so we decided to go to Alabama. The kids had a few extra days off of school, so we explored the Mobile area.We stayed two nights in a hotel along the east side of Mobile Bay. The view was incredible! Here are some photos just before sunset and just after sunrise from our hotel balcony. The hotel we stayed at was more expensive per night than our condo rental, but the view was worth it. It was a mini vacation before the beach. We drove across the bridges and through the tunnel and explored downtown Mobile. Here we are at Fort Conde.We rented a small beachfront condo in the Gulf Shores Plantation Resort, which is way down the peninsula from Gulf Shores.It’s a bit more secluded, so we didn’t see any drunk spring breakers. We planned ahead and shopped for groceries in Gulf Shores before we checked into the condo. We cooked all our meals in the condo and mostly spent our week hanging out on the beach and condo complex. We did go into Gulf Shores one day to hang out with some friends from our hometown. We had a lot of clouds and some rain during the week, but it was absolutely gorgeous the day we met up with our friends. I even go into the water.Another day we took the ferry from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island. It was fun to put our van on the ferry and get out and watch the water. We saw some dolphins swimming by. We loved Dauphin Island, especially the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Next spring break will likely be on Dauphin.My hubby and I took a lot of walks along the beach and around the complex. I got over 100,000 steps in, including one day of 20K. Between walking on the beach and sleeping on a mattress I’m not used to, my back really hurt. I soaked in a hot tub each night to deal with my aches and pains.Each evening we’d head down to the beach or boardwalk around 6:45 to watch the sunset. I took many photos. Here are a few of my favorite sunset photographs.Here is one of my favorite images from the trip. It is my daughter in search of sea stars aka starfish.Saturday was our final beach day and the weather was a bit rough. I was determined to have one last beach visit. There weren’t a lot of people out between bands of rain, but I managed to capture this little plover on the beach on front of us.It was a great trip, but it’s nice to be back home! Have you ever been to the Gulf Shores area?