One of my favorite beach vacation spots is Dauphin Island, Alabama.  It is a small barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico.  Entry to the island is made by crossing a three-mile long high-rise bridge which was opened in July, 1982 after the original draw bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979.  There is also an automobile ferry on the eastern end of the island which travels back and forth to Gulf Shores.  During the Civil War Mobile Bay was guarded by Fort Gaines on the eastern end of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan on the western end of Gulf Shores.  The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1-3/4 miles wide at the widest point.

We haven’t vacationed there in many years, but it is still one of my favorite beaches.  Our cabins have always been on the western end of the island away from the commercial area.  The last time we were there, the commercial district was very limited.  I like Dauphin Island because it’s quiet and a little isolated…really peaceful.  There is not much to do and I can really do “not much” really well.

Our first trip to the island I took my golf clubs.  I had read there was a country club and golf course there.  There was, but after taking one look, I realized it would be like playing out of one huge sand trap.  There was some grass on the greens but the fairways were mostly sandy.  I never had to haul my clubs to the island again.

On one trip to the island we took Pam’s mother and dad, Lyndsey and her cousin Melissa.  I know Melissa fell in love with the island because that was her honeymoon destination.  Pam’s dad really loved to walk on the beach.  He would take long walks and come back with his pockets full of shells.  One day he came back to the cabin with a type of shell he had never seen.  He asked Pam what it was and she was so excited….he had a number of “sand dollars.”  We had never found sand dollars on the beach before.  This led to many searches by all.  We came home with many sand dollars.

When we started taking all of the family to the beach with us, we began renting cabins on Gulf Shores.  It is a great area also, but it’s more suited for tourists.  The females liked it much better…maybe because there is a huge outlet mall a few miles from the beach.  When we had all the family with us, it was quite a chore to do the grocery shopping.  I usually accepted that responsibility.  We would try to keep a good supply of breakfast groceries at all times.  This allowed us to eat breakfast while we discussed and made a list for the lunch groceries.  At lunch, we ate and decided what the dinner grocery list needed to be.  We did eat a few meals out, but with Pam and her sisters taking turns at meal planning and preparation, it was a lot more fun to stay on the beach.  Staying at the beach allowed the women to conserve their energy for the outlet mall.

We normally didn’t find as many sand dollars on Gulf Shores as we did on Dauphin Island.  For anyone who doesn’t know what a sand dollar is, I won’t go into the scientific name.  The are flattened, burrowing sea urchins with a rigid skeleton.  The sand dollars on the beach are the dead urchins that have lost their covering skin.

Often, when enjoying nature, I just sit it awe of what God has placed on the earth for our enjoyment.  How could the world contain so much beauty without our Creator?  It couldn’t happen!!!  When we are enjoying His creation, it is probably a good time to do the three things I mentioned on an earlier post.  These are the three things we should do each and every day…cry a little, laugh a little, and meditate.  While we meditate on the goodness of our Creator, it is a time to give thanks for all He has provided. 


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  2. pam Says:

    wonderful memories and i can almost hear the roar of the ocean…wanna

  3. Una Wright Says:

    I really like sand dollars. We have found them at Outer Banks. Once Beth’s Mom, Jo Alice, and I found a big net that had washed on shore just full of shells. You should have seen me holding it with my food to declare ownership while Jo Alice went for some sissors. Sand dollars a a little like real dollars. If you don’t handle them carefully, they will break and be worthless.

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