Blogs from Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores March 17th 2022

Saint Patrick's Day! Today is our last full day in Gulf Shores. Saint Patrick’s Day. We woke up to a beautiful day today. Sunny and warm. After an early morning walk on the beach with Leo we had a pancake breakfast made by Pedro. We had honey for our pancakes. After breakfast we headed to town to explore. We found a second dog park in town at the state park. We had tried to find this one earlier in the week, but Sriracha’s phone did not have the proper directions. This park was mainly a tourist park. The other one in town is where the locals seemed to go. The state park dog park was on the river. There was a sign posted warning the humans of possible alligators, but fortunately dogs don’t read. There were ... read more
Sunset in Gulf Shores
Leo Crashes the 10th Anniversary Party
Lifeguard Leo

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores March 16th 2022

The morning started out foggy today. No pretty sunrise at the beach today. Still a nice morning to be on the beach for a walk with Leo. After breakfast Lori went for a bike ride. Started the ride into the wind towards the west and towards Fort Morgan. Went all the way to the west end. The line for the ferry was long today. The marked slots for the ferry were full and the line of cars went out onto the road. Made a U-turn and headed back to the east with the wind. Sriracha texted and said they were heading into town to get doughnuts. The bike ride was nice. Still cool and cloud cover. Decided to go all the way into town to meet up with the family. Most of the ride to town ... read more
Gulf Shores Sunset
Old Car in the Family Photo
Gulf Shores Morning

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores March 15th 2022

We woke up to some really nice storms this morning. Wind and some lightning and thunder. Leo got his walk during a short break in the weather. Pete made some pancakes for breakfast with some Irish bacon. He crisped up some corned beef to go with the pancakes. After breakfast we headed towards the Flora-Bama area. We stopped and picked up some seafood. Then it was off to another dog park. Leo got to learn how to do the teeter totter obstacle. Still needs some practice, but he did manage to go over it several times with a bit of assist. Lunch was at a bistro barbeque spot. Small little place, but really good food. We headed back to Gulf Shores as the sun started to come out. We finally got some nice weather with temperatures ... read more
Joe Patti Seafood
Beignets for a snack!
Bistro Barbeque

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores March 13th 2022

Day one in Gulf Shores. Breakfast at the Waffle House. Kids have been begging to go to a Waffle House. About as expected. Typical breakfast. Good service. Pedro took the truck through a car wash and then tried out the floor mat cleaner. Drove to the bike trail and unloaded the bike. Lori rode back to Morgantown. First part of the ride was on the trail and the remainder on the road. Sunny and cool. We all took a walk on the beach. Leo loves to run in the sand and into the surf. He met some new friends along the way. Seems everyone loves a handsome golden retriever looking cross breed. "Can we pet the dog"? Spoiled dog is getting better with the strangers and less shy. Next it was a trip to Fort Morgan. ... read more
Pedro uses the floor mat cleaner
Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores February 11th 2020

Today I woke up to fog, and not just any fog, dense fog. The window screens and sill were wet, the balcony was wet and I could just barely see the dunes out my window. This put a slight hitch in my plans as the ferry was not running at all, visibility for driving was poor and I couldn't decide what to do. In the end, I decided I should not plan anything and should just go wherever I felt like. After laying around the room, I finally got moving and drove into Gulf Shores and further along the coast to Orange Beach. This time of year the traffic is pretty light so it was a nice easy drive. The fog was all along the coast and I couldn't see much so I turned around. I ... read more
Interpretive Center in the Fog
Pets only!

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores February 10th 2020

Let me start by saying that the people in Gulf Shores are friendly. That applies to locals and visitors alike! I started my morning with a walk on the beach, which required me to ride down to the lobby in an already occupied elevator. The gentleman saw me follow him out the door and said "Morning walk on the beach too huh?" He is a snowbird from Valparaiso and gave me some food tips and wished me luck on my shell hunting. I walked east along the beach for quite a ways. Along my walk I saw several dead jellyfish (I was careful not to step on any), a Great Blue Heron and lots and lots of shells. The waves are very large right now and there are rip current warnings all over. The water temperature ... read more
Dead Jelly
Obligatory Feet and the Ocean
Fort Morgan

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores February 9th 2020

When you start to get overwhelmed at work and need a break, you start looking for where you can go quickly and cheaply. For me, that ended up being the Gulf Coast so I could finally cross some more states off my list. As far as the basics, I got a cheap $75 round trip flight on Spirit from O'Hare to New Orleans and found a condo right on the Alabama coast for $56 a night. You can't really get a better deal than that! Every time I fly Spirit I say I won't fly it again and then I do. The advantage on a short trip like this is I did not need to bring a bag bigger than my backpack so it was worth it. This time the flight left on time, arrived on ... read more
Lake Pontchartrain
Welcome Center
Welcome Center

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores July 9th 2018

Today was our 24th wedd anniversary. It seems we are usually on vacation when its our anniversary. We spent day looking at the fort on Gulf Shores and floating in the ocean. Found out later that there were warning flags out for jellyfish. Luckily none of us were stung! We ate dinner at a great place called Beach Picnic. It had BBQ and ribs. The food was fantastic! they had board games and card games lying around. We played Jenga, old maid, and Uno. It was a very nice dinner. ... read more
Picnic Beach
Picnic Beach
Playing Jenga

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores December 23rd 2013

Christmas week still finds us in Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. We have had some of the nicest weather ever during this month. Most days are sunny and warm enough for us - high 60's and low 70's. The park has a great Backcountry Bike Trail that has a complex of 6 trails totaling 11 paved miles. We can bike it, in combination with the bike trail on the main road, to get to restaurants and shopping and the beach. We've put on a lot of miles going to Wal-Mart, Publix and the Pancake House. While we travel Ron is always on the lookout for nurseries that sell trees to make into bonsai . He found a nice Japanese Cedar called a 'Black Dragon' that he has shaped and wired into our Christmas tree. ... read more
Black Dragon
All decked out for Christmas

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores December 5th 2013

This will be a short blog just to let you know we're back on the road again. We left Brighton on Thanksgiving morning and only had to circle back home once when I realized I'd left my phone on the kitchen counter. Everything else we've forgotten is being sent to us by Kristin - the camera for instance! We took I-69 to I -65 to avoid some storms in the mountains and by the time we were in Indiana we had sun and slightly warmer temps. Our first stop was Huntsville, Alabama, so we could visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center . There are more than 1,500 artifacts from The US space program on exhibit. This is also the place that hosts Space Camp for kids and adults; our daughter-in-law, Tracy, is an alumni of ... read more
Mona Lisa
A  Da Vinci helicopter

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