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Mar 13, 2020 - Dauphin Island, Alabama

2020-03-14.Dauphin Island, Alabama The last time we were here, Roadie was just a puppy, learning to frolic in the waves. This time, he's a big boy but still loves to run in the waves. Of course, he continues to pick up the biggest sticks he can find and pesters you until you throw it. The problem with that is that he also tries to chew the sticks, then drinks the salt water of Mobile Bay. The result was a very upset stomach and poo that was more sand than anything. Glad I shared? The Dauphin Island Campground is owned by the municipality...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Dauphin Island, MS

2016-04-23- Dauphin Island Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a delight. We stayed for several nights on Dauphin Island, about 70 miles south of Mobile on an island with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Mobile Bay on the other. It is amazing how many oil platforms dot the horizon on the Gulf coast but the beaches have been totally restored after Hurricane Katrina and the area seems to have recovered. Most of the homes on the west end of the island seemed newly built but all were built on very high stilts with lifts to bring probably every thing up...

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Bayou Bound

Nov 10, 2015 - Dauphin Island

The day started gray and misty but skies soon cleared, and we had intermittant sun. We easily made the drive to Spanish Fort on Mobile Bay by lunchtime, especially with the help of a little shortcut we found that whittled off some miles and a lot of traffic. We quickly got camp set up at Meaher State Park, leaving the rest of our day free for touring in the Jeep. Today's adventure took us to Dauphin Island. Dauphin was a good distance from our campground. We traveled out via the causeway. Remnants of the recent heavy storms were apparent in...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Dauphin Island with more time

As soon as we started off this morning, we discovered a bike trail going our way for about five miles. Nice! Then we rode up to the ferry just in time to talk to Jake Wolf-Saxon riding off the ferry. He had started riding in Seattle and was on the way to Massachusetts. And, he too had met Adriaan van der Kooij. We got to chat with him just long enough and were the last onto the ferry for Dauphin Island. On the way across Mobile Bay, we got to see porpoises playing... Jumping completely out of the water! When we landed on Dauphin Island,...

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Snowbirds on Bikes

Oct 21, 2010 - Dauphin Island, Alabama

Oh, what a find this place was! Although we've traveled through Alabama, we'd never had the pleasure of staying along the Gulf Coast. We loved this area. Although the recent Gulf oil spill had left us concerned for our visit, we felt absolutely comfortable enjoying the beautiful stretches of beach, the water, and (for Eileen) the most scrumptious shrimp ever! Our campground neighbor instantly befriended us and before we left brought over some shrimp salad (which Eileen enjoyed) and some poppyseed cake (Don's treat.) She shared her story of...

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May 2, 2010 - Dauphin Island, AL and Bellingrath Gardens

The first bunch of photos on this journal are Bellingrath Garden flowers. The second bunch shows the area around the Bellingrath home and shows many of the water elements. Those photos are followed by the Asian Garden area of Bellingrath. After that, we have posted some photos from the Audubon preserve on Dauphin Island, and then the last few photos are of the high waters on the west end of the island. We traveled from Clinton to Dauphin Island, AL to celebrate the wedding of Nathan and Jessica Sturdivant this weekend. After setting up...

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Apr 24, 2010 - Dauphin Island

We departed Slidell on April 22nd for Dauphin Island, Alabama, a distance of 121 miles. This was our first visit to Dauphin Island. A barrier island located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island faces the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Mississippi Sound on the north side. The island is 3 miles long and 1 ¾ miles wide at its widest point. The island is reached by highway over a 2 ½ mile causeway and 3 mile bridge that opened in 1982. Mobile Bay Ferry operates across the mouth of Mobile Bay from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan State...

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Jan 24, 2010 - Dauphin Island, AL

Another super fun weekend with more great friends! We rode over to Dauphin Island, south of Mobile, for a long weekend with Carolyn and Tom, friends from north MS that we have known since the early 1980s. They have a lovely condo there, and invited us to spend the weekend, so off we went! Our original plan was to take the Ft. Morgan ferry across Mobile Bay over to the island, but the weather report said it was going to rain both on Thursday and Sunday, and those were our traveling days, so instead we drove over in the truck. Good plan,...

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Feb 27, 2008 - Alabama Bound

On Wednesday, we decided to go to Alabama along the coastal road. We had been told to check out the carving that were done to the damaged trees along the coast. The photo only shows one of these trees, but there were several others. These trees were on the road near Boluxi. Continuing on, we soon found our selves in Alabama and heading toward Dauphin Island, the home of Fort Gain, the sight of the battle of Mobile Bay during the Cival War. The third photo shows the bridge in the distance which we needed to cross to get to the Island. Now...

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Dec 5, 2007 - Damn the torpedoes!

"Damn the torpedoes - just get me to Bellingrath Gardens! (Admiral Farragut after seeing the Christmas decorations through his spyglass) Wednesday, December 5 We set out early for another day of touring with Melinda. She headed first for Bayou la Batre, a collection of shipyards and marinas that is a boat lovers paradise. The shipyards are busy and prosperous, with vessels in all stages of fabrication. Some are just superstructures while others are undergoing assembly. It's fascinating to see how a ship comes together. A preassembled...

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2007 Coast 2 Coast

May 4, 2007 - Dauphin Island, AL then the Trip From The Other Side to New Orleans, LA

May 3rd. Still on Dauphin Island. We explored Fort Gaines. Really interesting fort and interesting people providing history behind it. Construction began in 1819 with work not completed until 1861. The fort is named for General Edmund Pendleton Gaines. He had led his men in the capture of former Vice President, Aaron Burr, who was accused of treason. The fort is very well preserved and more intricate construction than others we have seen. Lunch at Barnacle Bill's with lots of crawfish on the menu. Very good! May 4th - today... Our Wagon...

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