Saturday, May 23, 2009

Almost Time For The Beach

Every year we have a weeks vacation at Dauphin Island, this years visit will be the nineteenth. As are welcome without a verbal invitation. Just show up.
There is nothing more relaxing than laying around in the sun and sand. The only plans we make for that week are simply to go and other activities are totally unscheduled. There are all sorts of things to do there and if not right on the island you can catch a ferry and go across Mobile Bay to Gulf Shores. Charters are everywhere for the fishing enthusiast, souvenir shops and places to eat as well. The Esturarium exhibits interesting history and habitats of the Gulf Coast region and Fort Gaines is right across the street. Nature Trails, boating, skiing, fishing, scuba diving, biking...all kinds of things.

In 2005, Hurricaine Katrina distroyed much of the west end and took many houses. There was also an area nearly 2 km wide cut through the uninhabited west end. Many houses have been rebuilt and the island has been restored. The once upon a time fishing peir is now grounded.
The house we have always stayed in, Nida, was amazingly, and to our delight, still standing after Katrina although she had some damage. Nida is a nice house with a large deck and we have viewed some of the most awesome sunrises and sunsets from that deck. We have also seen some pretty terrific lightening shows.
So..In a couple of weeks I'm gonna be sitting on the beach with a wine cooler in my hand watching the boats go by.

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