In spite of the sad news about my grandmother and the ensuirng flurry of phone calls, we did manage to have some great family moments.
One day we took a short trip out to Fort Morgan to tour the old fort grounds. On the way back, we took a quick walk down one of the nature trails at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
From the Alabama Historical Commission:
“Since 1834 Fort Morgan has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay. The military site and National Historic Landmark is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores. During the Civil War on August 5, 1864, Fort Morgan played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay before surrendering to Union forces after a two-week siege. Alabama’s largest permanent military post between 1900 and 1923, the fort served during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II. “
While some of the rooms are off limits, and a few staircases cordoned off with yellow caution tape, much of the fort is open to explore.
I tried to not be that obnoxious mom with the camera, but with all of the scenery, the old brick backgrounds, the puddles of light flooding into the old fort rooms, how could I not go a little photo crazy??
And check this out. They’ve had issues with drainage since the fort was built. The water dripping through the fort is creating stalagmites and stalagtites.
And check out how the light spills on to Liv’s face. Perfect backdrop for a portrait shoot!!
After Fort Morgan, we took an abbreviated hike down one of the trails at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. We cut it short for several reasons – we were running out of afternoon, we stupidly wore flip flops, and the bugs were out in force. (Part of the trail goes by a swamp. Need I say more?)
But we did make it halfway down the trail (1.5 miles). We saw some gorgeous mossy trees, and a lookout over the Little Lagoon.