Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL.
Today, we took a 5-mile bike ride around the park. This is one of the nicest state parks we have visited. They have a lot of extras like a heated pool, splash pad, pickle ball court, tennis court, laundry, store, and nature center with animals to view.
The ride will take us around a large lake on many boardwalks and paved trails.
There is an observation station that gives a view of an eagle's nest. The location was constructed as a Boy Scout Eagle project. 😁
Near the end of our ride, we came up on this. Weird!
After multiple attempts to get a picture of the Blues I was successful. They were practicing almost every day and passed over the campground, but I just did not have the camera ready. By the time I did, they would be too far away.
Back to the beach!
We are trying to get as much beach time is as we can. The weather has not been good some days and the forecast does not look better.
Pensacola Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in the world and we visit anytime we are nearby.
We picked up shells and watched several shore birds. More than anything we relaxed.
The Blue Angels were training but I did not get a good picture of them.
Family visiting us.
We had some of the family drive out to visit us at the campground. Our total count was 8 grandchildren and 8 adults. The campsite was big, and it helped that the next site over was unused when we were gathered.
After a big lunch, some of the family went hiking on the Florida Trail. Later, we all walked over to the beach. All of the adults were surprised when the younger children decided that the water was not too cold. At the end, 7 of the grandchildren were wet, some head to toe.
We had a great visit with everyone.
Lunch at Red Fish Blue Fish and visiting the beach near the campgrounds at Fort Pickens.
We had lunch today at our favorite restaurant on Pensacola Beach. Red Fish Blue Fish has great food. We decided to have two appetizers for our lunch. It was plenty of food for the two of us.
The Bangin Shrimp were spicey and the Grouper Bites were fantastic.
As we arrived back to campground, this camper had just pulled in. I don't think they knew about the limb.
Time for a quick visit to the beach before the rain drives us back to the RV.
Riding the bikes to the fort.
We took a bike ride from the campground to Fort Pickens and back. The trail is part of the "Florida Trail" and the Fort is the northern terminus of the trail. The trail is 1500 miles long ending at the southern terminus in the Everglades.
We enjoyed our ride which totaled only 4 miles.
We have returned to Fort Pickens. I don't even remember the first time we camped at Fort Pickens. It was back when we were children with our families. Sadly, this will be our last time here unless the new height restriction is removed. The maximum height of any vehicle as of January 2022 is 12 feet. That will prevent almost any Class A, C, or 5th wheel from camping at Fort Pickens. Currently there are many RV's that are over 12 feet in height, so the restrictions make no sense at all. The only reason I can come up with is that there are about a dozen small limbs on a few scrub oaks that could be trimmed.
The campground is about half full. There are a lot of empty spaces around us.
It is so nice being back at the beach. Pensacola has amazing beaches with the whitest sand anywhere in the world. We will walk on the beach when we are in the area.
Time for lunch. We decided to go to Crabs! on the Beach. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere. It was a warm day so being outside even in December was nice.
Nearing the end of our time at Lake Stone. Many of the family were able to visit with us. It was fun.
The sunset tonight was fantastic.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...