Bayou Bound

We left Savannah and headed to Fort Pickens in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The campground is located on the barrier island of Santa Rosa.

Site 40

The campground gives easy access to miles of beautiful white sand beaches. While we didn’t encounter any rain for most of our stay it was overcast and windy.

Sunrise beach walk

For the last 200 years the coast has been the site of numerous coastal fortifications. The park preserves four such forts. Our camp was a short bike ride to Fort Pickens.

Fort Pickens Parade Ground
The fort has been partially restored

The area continues to be home to more modern coastal defenses. Across Pensacola bay from the campground is a large naval base that is home to the Blue Angels. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 am they practice their aerial stunts. Weather permitting, of course.

While the Fort was interesting and the morning we watched the Blue Angels was fun, the real attraction is the Gulf and the beaches.

After a couple of days on the beach we were ready to move on to our next stop where we visited our far flung family in Biloxi, MS. Always gracious hosts, they treated us to a low country crawfish boil.

Mud bugs
Crawfish, Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes and Corn

The French Quarter Festival was looming in front of us. Time to pack up and move on.

2 thoughts on “Bayou Bound”

  1. Thank you for your pictures and commentary. Continue to enjoy the food, beaches, family, and your time together. Stay safe and healthy also.


  2. We love Ft Pickens. It was closed for more than a year because a hurricane cut it off from access. The beaches are great as you say. Glad you’re having fun and drooling over the crawfish boil.


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