We thought Sunday would be a good day to head into Pensacola to see some of the historic district. We hoped the traffic would be lighter than a weekday. That was true for the residential areas but the downtown and of course the beaches were very popular on this Sunday afternoon.
|First we headed into the historic residential area. It is noted for all the variety of styles and the high level of maintenance that make this area a must-see in Pensacola. Below are some of the nicest we saw in the area.|
|A pretty town square|
We headed toward the historic downtown and then on toward the bay.
|Nope, didn't stop.|
|Not a bad backyard!|
|Good name for a restaurant!|
|This guy acting shy. The girls loved him!|
|Hmmmm, which one would I choose?|
|Yep! This is the one!|
|They are building a new bridge beside the existing one.|
|Huge cranes lift pre-cast concrete sections into place. A quick way to build.|
|Beautiful wide beach. Not many folks out today. Only us northerners!|
|Very white and sugary sand.|
|We had hoped to go to further but the road was closed.|
|I did pay $1.25 for a walk down the pier. Nobody seemed to be checking anyway.|
|Good views from the pier though.|
|We drove further east along the beautiful sand dunes.|
|The sand drifts easily.|
|Some folks have unique ideas on how to survive a hurricane!|
Monday, January 7
Today was another beach day. We heard about the beautiful beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach just south of Foley.
|At the end of the road was Fort Morgan. The fort was used in the Civil War in the battle of Mobile Bay.|
|Ocean freighter just heading into Mobile Bay past Fort Morgan.|
|Lots of gas wells just off shore in the Bay. This one has a service boat alongside.|
|More wells a bit further out.|
|Nice beach house (with gas well in the background).|
|We stopped for lunch here. DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen. It was very good.|
|Downtown Gulf Shores|
|Another huge pier, and another admission charge. I didn't bother going.|
|Another huge beach.|
|Nothing shy about this guy.|
|He loved posing!|
|All the birds here loved to be in the picture.|
|There was a pod of dolphins playing/fishing just offshore. We counted at least six.|
|No, this guy didn't build the sand castle. (Neither did I).|
|This is cool. A lending box of sand toys.|
The Gulf shores have great beaches. Wide, clean, soft white sand. It must be very popular in the summer time. I understand lots of folks from the big cities north of here all come down to the beach on hot weekends.
.....and that was Our View From Here!