11/20/18 Pensacola, FL

DAY #32

On tap for today;  Head out west along the gulf to Mobile Bay, ending at Ft. Morgan in Alabama.

Not sure why, but I have this tug that keeps drawing me to the ocean.  There’s just something so satisfying about being around the water. Add in Florida’s gorgeous beaches, and that only seals the deal.  DSC_0071 (2).JPG

I’m in a Florida State of Mind…..DSC_0069 (4).JPG

Boy, I thought the area had been developed in my travels to Fort Pickens yesterday, it was even more so today.  First in Florida and then when you cross into Alabama, high rise condominiums/resorts/hotels/timeshares? dot the beachfront.  I saw a couple of for sale signs listing starting prices in the high 800s, that’s thousands (it was one of the nicer buildings).  The area does feel new and fresh, and it’s clean.  If you’re someone into this kind of living, this would be a good place to come. DSC_0146 (2).JPGDSC_0144 (3).JPGDSC_0136 (4).JPGOne thing noticed was that most of the beachfront land has been used for condos (money talks) and only pockets of land here and there for houses.DSC_0127 (1).JPG

Before I took this photo I was facing the beach (which is to the right).  Looking out towards the horizon, I could see the water and oh wow, a couple of dorsals out of the water, it was dolphins, how cool was that.  Once again, no time to get photos before they were gone.DSC_0125 (1).JPG

Thankfully, there are areas of beachfront put aside for public parks and beaches.DSC_0137 (3).JPGDSC_0126 (3).JPG

About half way to Fort Morgan, around Orange Beach, Gulf State Park takes control of the land away from the gulf and the makeup of the area begins to change.  Gone are the endless condos and houses on stilts and replaced with salt marshes and pine trees.  After a ways through the park, the road turns away from the water and heads inlandDSC_0131.JPG

Check out the speed limit sign. DSC_0133.JPG

After going inland, the trees grew in number as while as size, and the road took on a feel of  laid back affluence.DSC_0129 (2).JPG

After about one hour drive time along the island, I came to Fort Morgan.  Fort Morgan has a long history.  It was built in 1814 and saw action during the war of 1812.  During the civil war it was part of the Confederacy.  It was finally deactivated (for good), and the Fort given to the state of Alabama in 1947.

Another interesting fact is that the Fort, in large part, was built by the use of slave labor.

A big difference that I saw between Fort Morgan and Fort Pickens, is this Fort was tucked away into the dunes whereas Fort Pickens, stood up and out in the open for all to see.

The entrance to the Fort.DSC_0079 (3).JPGDSC_0080 (4).JPGDSC_0082 (3).JPGDSC_0083.JPGDSC_0084 (1).JPGDSC_0103 (1).JPGDSC_0104.JPGDSC_0102.JPGDSC_0097.JPGDSC_0098.JPGDSC_0088.JPG

Cool as these Forts are, I think I’ve satisfied the need for old forts for awhile.DSC_0087 (1).JPGdsc_0089-21.jpgDSC_0090DSC_0095_1

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Views of Mobile Bay from the Fort.DSC_0110.JPGDSC_0105_2

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When you leave (or enter) the Fort, this is the view that awaits you.DSC_0113 (1)DSC_0115_2DSC_0117_2I think I may have overdid it with all the Fort photos, but it was kind of a cool place. let’s just say I got carried away.

After leaving the Fort, and starting the trip back to the campground,  I came across where you can catch a ferry to take across Mobile Bay.DSC_0119_1.JPGDSC_0124_1DSC_0122_1

Made it back to the trailer.  Another good day on the road.


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