A fortunate byproduct of our quest to live on southern islands and forever walk the beach this winter has been the close proximity of so many beautiful historical sites, especially old forts and lighthouses.
We spent January on Dauphin Island, Alabama, within walking distance of Fort Gaines, and five miles from Fort Morgan just across Mobile Bay.
In February we were on Anastasia Island near the archaic Castillo de San Marcos at St. Augustine, Florida.
Heading from Florida to North Carolina we stopped for a week at Savannah, Georgia where we visited Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island in the Savannah River.
And in March we are on Emerald Isle, North Carolina, sharing the island with Fort Macon which we visited yesterday.
We are ending our winter sojourn in early April and heading back to Michigan, and I wanted to post a photographic review of these historical attractions that offered us so much aesthetic intrigue while wandering around the south this winter:
1. Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama. This fort was less than 1/4 mile from our campground.
2. Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama.
3. Castillo de San Marco, St. Augustine, Florida (1565). This one is really old and was built with local stone – coquina – before bricks were manufactured in the U.S.
4. Fort Pulaski, Cockspur Island, Savannah, Georgia.
5. Fort Macon, Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
Kaye and I have really enjoyed our southern sojourn and the side trips that have been available to us. I love old architecture, so this was a great place for me to explore while avoiding the hostility of the northern winter. This is the final post to the Southern Sojourn as we are heading back to our new summer home (campground) in Michigan soon.
There are more photos of these beautiful historical sites on my Flickr photo stream here.
And they are available for purchase as prints and other great gifts at my photo galleries and web store here.
Kaye posted an account of our visit to a glass studio…
“One of the cool things about all of our wandering is that we get to meet interesting people along the way. People with fascinating stories. Everybody has a story, you know – about where they live, where they used to live, about where they’ve traveled, what they’ve experienced. About their jobs and hobbies and accomplishments. Maybe about things they are good at or things they love.
“Lauren is one of the interesting people we met in St. Augustine. A friend of ours who has lived here for a few years has formed a band with Lauren and her husband and we were able to hear them play one night. Besides being a talented musician Lauren is also a glass-blower. How cool is that?!?”