Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Friday, May 17, 2013

Relaxing with a little history



Last weekend was the last outing of our local Winnebago Club before the summer hiatus. Before attending the rally, we stopped at the Gulf State Park for a relaxing evening near the water in Gulf Shores, AL. This a great park where you have the option of nearby beaches, tourist attractions or enjoying the hiking trails and other facilities of the park.  We focused mostly on the relaxing aspects of the park.



 In the morning before heading to the rally in Robertsdale, Al we made our first visit to Fort Morgan, located at the entrance to Mobile Bay.  It played an important role in the Civil War battle for control of Mobile Bay and the city of Mobile.  The Union victory here in 1864 gave the northern states a much needed boost in spirits and helped propel President Lincoln to reelection. The fighting at the fort and on the waters of the bay was fierce.  A tour of the fort and museum provides a good overview of the battle and life at the fort during this period.  If you are interested in the Civil War, this is definitely worthwhile.  Another interesting fact was that pets are allowed to wander the grounds, so Halley had her first open museum tour.

















After some comments on the last blog, I think I should clarify that we are not taking the RV to Alaska-this time.  We are going with friends on a land and cruise tour.  We are hoping this will give us a great overview of the state.   

15 comments:

Gypsy said...

I love visiting the old forts of the Civil War era. Nice pictures.

Karen and Al said...

That sure looks like a nice campsite and interesting things to see in the area.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

We really enjoyed our visit to Fort Morgan. I love seeing history come alive.

Erin Erkun said...

I wonder why these seem familiar to us ;-) With or without the MH, looking forward to your trip to Alaska.

Our first trip to Alaska was a CruiseTour and we fell in love with the state. Second trip was a cruise tour of sorts, but on our own this time ... time on a small boat followed by time on land. We're hoping to make the third trip up there in our MH.

Jerry and Suzy said...

We have spent just a little time in Alabama -- 11 years ago! Need to return and actually see something! Thanks for the tour; it may give us a starting point.

Sherry said...

Halley seems to have enjoyed her tour very much. The fort looks a lot like Fort Pickens also used in the civil war. I suspect they were built around the same time.

Judy and Emma said...

Was that you with the orange parachute??

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Those pictures remind me of Fort Jay on Governors Island. That was a special place to live and we had some great times there.

Rick Doyle said...

Nice post! I really enjoy seeing history sites and I'd love to see my first Civil War one. It was sure nice that Halley was allowed to tour as well. Great photos - thanks!

Gail Houle said...

Loved that area when we were there a couple years ago. I think it's time for a revisit :)

Jeff said...

We really liked Gulf State Park when we visited there 2 years ago. It was amazing how the hurricane took out so many trees.

Sweet Meanderings said...

I must make this a "must see" while we're here in Alabama!
Candy

Laura said...

I'll be saving this is our list of places to see! I love the water view site.

Bob and Jo said...

Doesn't get any better than history and relaxing.

Randy and Pam Warner said...

Like the photos of the fort. Reminds me of Fort DeSoto near St. Petersburg, FL.