We decided to split the trip home into two days as well, which worked out much better for the kids. Since we didn't have a 9 hour drive ahead of us, we took our time leaving Thursday morning. We got out to the beach one more time and then gave the kids a little more time in the pool. We also decided to stop at the USS Alabama in Mobile. By the time we stopped there, Josh was spiraling down a little since he was tired. Unfortunately, in order to buy tickets to get on the battleship, you have to go into the gift shop where Josh had a major meltdown because he wanted some toy or the other. Thankfully we pushed forward and once we got onto the battleship, he came around and really enjoyed checking it out. They also have a hangar with numerous planes and helicopters and a submarine to tour. Summer vacation 2012 was a raging success!