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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Final thoughts on Carrabelle, FL

We have had a very busy first week in Navarre, Fl but before I move on to current events, I just wanted to mention several interesting places we visited while in Carrabelle that I think others might also enjoy. Directly across from our campground is a beach that while great to walk the dog and enjoy good weather, also happens to have some interesting history. This beach was used for beach landing practice for thousands of soldiers in preparation for the Normandy invasion. In fact, the 4th division was trained on this beach and then was sent directly to England to board vessels for the invasion. The Gordon Johnston Army camp was located in Carrabelle and had an important impact on the community. Today a WWII association houses a small but very interesting museum dedicated the army camp, the training for the beach landings and the history of those who were trained here. This was particularly interesting, as we had a personal tour by the docent, who was well versed in the artifacts on display.

We also visited the nearby Crooked River Lighthouse and made the climb to enjoy a scenic view of the area. The climb was easy but be careful if you had a large lunch and the final ladder requires tight squeeze thru access hatch to the tower.

Finally, a visit to St George’s Island and the rebuilt lighthouse made for a nice half day outing.


Unknown said...

Reading your post was very enjoyable. I was particularly interested in the WWII museum. Thanks for the great tour.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the interesting post about the WWll museum and the beach. I enjoyed reading.

Travels with Emma said...

If this is your first week, why is it your final thoughts?

I think I'd enjoy that WWII museum. :)

Sue and Doug said...

great photos as the new header shot!!!

Erin said...

Lovely lighthouse shots; and I'll have to add the WWII museum to our list, sounds like an interesting place to visit.

Karen and Al said...

Very interesting. It's definitely on our "to do" list!

Where to next?

Gail Houle said...

And yet another place to see :) Thanks for sharing and have a very Happy New Year.

Debbie Goode said...

Hey great post....and Happy New!