Gulf Islands National Seashore

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

We stayed first on the Florida portion of the Seashore at Fort Pickens near Pensacola Beach. The campground at Fort Pickens is on the edge of the old military area. Every time military technology improved, they built a new battery at Fort Pickens to protect against the new threat. The result is that there are a lot of batteries of various ages scattered all over the end of the island across Pensacola Bay from the Naval Air Station. All of them are in various stages of decay. The old original brick fort is open to explore.

The Blue Angels team practiced at the Naval Air Station for two days. The first day, we watched from our camp site. The second day, we took our coffee and lawn chairs to the beach across the bay from the Air Station and watched the show. The team flies for the most part full throttle so the noise is deafening and they really go fast. They put on quite a show for us. Peg took an excellent shot from the beach while they were flying by.

We enjoyed the sugary white sand beaches.

The local Beachcomber!

We then moved to the other side of Mobile, Alabama to the Mississippi portion of the Seashore at Ocean Springs, Mississippi where we discovered a local grocery that prepares their own seafood hourly in a brick out building. Yesterday we had a bag of shrimp. Today we had a bag of crayfish. Tomorrow we are going to get a bag of crabs to take with us to the piney woods of western Mississippi to await the storms.

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