One with nature, part 2

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.

DSC_3655_aAs 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.

DSC_3640_aWe 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!

DSC_3663_aToday we spent our exploration time on the side of the island facing Pensacola Bay and the mainland….and look what we found!

DSC_3671_aDolphins were cavorting, and pelicans were as numerous as pigeons in Chicago!

DSC_3554_aAnd you know what Ross and Ryan think about sand!

DSC_3533_aRobyn just had to take Ryan up all the stairs on an ancient fortification, and he spent forever testing all the railings.

DSC_3763_aOur friends, Rich and Laura, also made the trip down from Alabama….so we could all share Christmas again this year! This evening they cranked up the fire….

We end tonight’s post with another example of nature taking over the landscape here.
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9 thoughts on “One with nature, part 2

  1. Best wishes to you and yours for a great Christmas and an adventurous New Year ! Roberta Mackey and her husband live in Panama City as she runs personnel for gulf coast community college. TC

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