Day 3: July 4th, 2010
Happy Independence Day America and to celebrate your BIG day we are going to salute you all the way from Italy!
Our 4th of July began as all should with pancakes made by your's truly! We were going to need some serious belly fuel for all the swimming we planned to do in Sorrento. However Sorrento had other plans for us. The traffic was ridiculous, two hours into our "45 minute journey" and we were only half way there. Naaaa, we had better things to do with our day than sit in bumper to bumper traffic. We exited the highway in search of another beach to play upon. Next we found ourselves in the costal community of Torre Annunzicta just west of Pompeii.
We wandered into a cute little restaurant in search of Cokes and found ourselves eating lunch on a great outdoor hilltop cafe overlooking the Gulf of Napoli. The atmosphere was relaxing, the food was fresh and tasty, three cheers for plans changed unexpectedly!
We asked our waitress for a beach recommendation and she pointed out a spot close by. We only stayed a short time but the boys had a ball! Tanner liked the coarse black sand, we explained that the black sand was courtesy of the volcano we learned so much about the day before (in Pompeii).
After the lunch & beach we were in the need of a good nap (and shower) so we returned to the hotel to rest up for our BIG night! The Navy hosted a grand party at nearby Navy-owned Carney Park. Carney Park offers a 96-acre recreation area with a variety of outdoor activities. Founded in 1966, the park has multi-purpose sports fields, children's playgrounds and an Olympic-size pool with six water slides, a kiddy pool and a Tiki bar. The main features of the night however were the carnival and concert hosted by MWR (Moral Welfare and Recreation). Tanner enjoyed riding the carnival style rides and jumping on the bounce house equipment. Gavin's favorite part was sitting and standing barefoot in the grass (GRASS GLORIOUS GRASS!!!!)
We all had a blast listening to the bands who entertained the troops, their families and local Italians alike. Our favorite performer was Natalie Stovall. Natalie is one of the newest sensations out of Nashville, she has a great voice and can play a mean fiddle! It's pretty well known that our young Tanner has quite the crush on the beautiful Natalie! ;) After the concert she greeted Tanner with a BIG high five and signed a CD for him as well. He was so cute telling her "I really like your music, you are really good!" Awwww, a crush on a rock star, it starts so young, right!
A great day was had by all! Nothing compares to 4th of July on Grand Lake, OK. with my family but this comes pretty darn close! ;) Happy 4th of July Y'all!