Leave it to Florida to trot out the hot-shots of nature for us!
We left our quiet, idyllic spot alongside the river in Alabama, drove down to Mobile, and turned east to Pensacola.
As lovely as that was, we didn’t stop, but went across the Bay Bridge (6 miles long…they caution you to check your fuel gauge before starting it), across the spit of land called Gulf Breeze, and across a 2 mile bridge to Santa Rosa Island.
We were interested in the western end of this 40-mile-long barrier island, Fort Pickens Campground, a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore which will be our home for nearly two weeks. We were surprised to learn this is the most-visited national seashore, and in the top ten most-visited national parks!