A few Florida curves

On our recent spring trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore we encountered a few curves the day we moved on to Falling Waters State Park.

Sand covered parts of Fort Pickens Road as we exited the National Seashore
Sand covered parts of Fort Pickens Road as we exited the National Seashore
Curve in Garcon Point Bridge, Florida
Curve in Garcon Point Bridge, Florida
Curve in Boardwalk at Falling Waters State , Florida
Curve in Boardwalk at Falling Waters State , Florida

This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

Pure White Sand

I am a beach lover and have seen my share of beautiful beaches in my lifetime. On a recent RV trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens I discovered a beach with the some of the purest white sand I’ve ever seen.

The beach was just a short walk from the campground on a boardwalk through the dunes.

Boardwalk through pure white sand at Ft. Pickens
Boardwalk through pure white sand at Ft. Pickens
Boardwalk to the beach at Fort Pickens
Boardwalk to the beach at Fort Pickens

 

This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Exploring Fort Pickens

We spent some time exploring Fort Pickens and some of the batteries that are located within the National Seashore.

Fort Pickens was the largest of four forts built in the 1800’s by the United States Government to protect Pensacola Bay and the Naval Yard. Although it never had to be used against foreign enemies, it was used by the Union Army during the Civil War to protect against the Confederates. Ranger led tours are available but we chose to go on a self-guided tour of the huge fort.

Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens
Entering Fort Pickens
Entering Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens

Much of the fort is built using arches.

Arches at Fort Pickens
Arches at Fort Pickens
Arches at Fort Pickens
Arches at Fort Pickens
Arches at Fort Pickens
Arches at Fort Pickens
Double Arch
Double Arch
Another view of the arches at Fort Pickens
Another view of the arches at Fort Pickens

Civil War era cannons and a mortar are also on display at the fort.

With clear views of Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Pickens was in a great location to protect the area.

There are several batteries located throughout the area. Some were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Endicott Batteries from the 1890's
Endicott Batteries from the 1890’s

We explored Battery Worth where huge gun pits held twelve inch mortars that could launch 700 pound projectiles 7 to 9 miles away. After World War I all but four of the mortars were scrapped. In 1942 the battery became part of the Army-Navy Harbor Defense Command Post for the Pensacola area during World War II.

Battery Worth
Battery Worth
Looking down from Battery Worth
Looking down from Battery Worth
On top of Battery Worth
On top of Battery Worth

There were big guns lining the shoreline ready to protect against enemy ships.

Next up: aircraft and a lighthouse.