DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (April 24, 2021) — We made it! We’ve finally settled into our gulf-view rental on this small but beautiful piece of sand and trees at the mouth of Mobile Bay. From the front porch — looking through a small stand of Slash Pines — I can see the beach on the Gulf of Mexico side of the island. To my left I see the mouth of the bay. On the other side of the inlet I can see the lights of Fort Morgan, Ala., and offshore I can see several natural gas platforms rising from the waves near the horizon.
But the whole experience is much more than what I can see. It’s about what I can hear: the crashing waves and the wind through the trees - in front of and behind the rental. And it’s about the smells: the salty air, the scent of pine, and the occasional breeze filled with the sweet smell of Magnolia blossoms.
Before we arrived, the area received around seven inches of rain from some rather severe storms. When we got here about 2:30 p.m. today, the seas still were rough, but the clouds and haze cleared off nicely. The kids couldn’t wait to get to the beach, so we all took a short stroll across the street and through the small patch of trees to the water’s edge.
What a relaxing afternoon!
We found there is so much to do here on the island. And we are lucky to have arrived after Spring Break and before the full-on tourist season. The place is practically empty, to hear locals talk. Either way, we are here and the fun is just beginning. We will no-doubt take the Mobile Bay Ferry across to Fort Morgan at some point. And a trip or two to the West End to watch the sun sink into the gulf over the sweeping dunes of that more natural part of the island.
There is an Estuarium closeby where the attractions include detailed descriptions and examples of the four specific ecosystems contained within the Mobile Bay area. The magnificent area directly behind our rental is part of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary — a forest within the confines of the island. I could go on and on — but we just got here. I’ll try to write more as the week goes on.
There definitely is a lot to do here. Even so, if you caught a glimpse of me you might just find me sitting on the porch watching and listening to the sea. Or sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand — feeling beachy!